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Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way

  • Event Summary

    We are pleased to announce the release of a new CDC-supported resource, Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way, which outlines state and local policies to support physical activity within and beyond the workplace.  

    In collaboration with America Walks, ChangeLab Solutions is hosting a webinar to highlight this resource. You can Register Here to attend the webinar. Please share with your partners and help us spread the word about this information.

    For more information about the webinar, visit http://americawalks.org/new-webinar-workplace-wellness-walk-this-way-october-5-2017/

    About the Webinar

    Healthier workers are more productive, have fewer sick days, and have decreased health care costs. Given that many adults spend half their waking hours at work, the workplace can play a big role in supporting positive lifestyle changes.

    Workplace wellness, though, does not begin and end at the office door. Employee wellness and community health are fundamentally linked. Recognizing this connection, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control, we invite you to attend our webinar Walk This Way, which will provide an overview of state and local policies that support physical activity and wellness in and around the workplace.

    By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

    • Identify potential state and local policies that can support physical activity and wellness in the workplace and beyond, and
    • Describe the relationship between workplace wellness and active transportation,
    • Understand how to use Walk This Way to support wellness and physical activity.

    About the Presenters

    Greta Aschbacher, MPH, CWP

    As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Greta works on multiple issues, including workplace wellness, healthy eating, and active living. Prior to joining the ChangeLab Solutions team, Greta worked as a child health advocate in Kentucky. There, she managed a child abuse prevention coalition, developed and published health policy fact sheets, and worked closely with state-level officials to create policy change. Before entering the policy world, Greta’s work focused on health, wellness, and the prevention of chronic disease. Greta received her MPH from the University Of Louisville School Of Public Health.

     

    Shioban Torres, DrPH, MPH

    Shioban is the Worksite Wellness Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). In this role, she helps oversee the implementation of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Working on Wellness Program and Small Business Wellness Tax Credit. Shioban has a doctorate in public health from Boston University and has over ten years of experience working in the area of chronic disease prevention.  Her background is in health disparities, behavioral health, community engagement, and intervention planning. Prior to joining DPH, Shioban was the Project Manager for the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study where she collaborated with community partners to implement a multidimensional community-based intervention focused on diet and exercise, with the goal of reducing heart disease risk.

    Jessica Nguyen,

    As a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Jessica supports planning and policy work related to health equity, active living, transportation, and housing. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a consultant on bicycle and pedestrian planning projects, Safe Routes to Schools programs, and traffic safety analysis. She also has experience in community engagement, program evaluation, and affordable housing advocacy. Jessica received a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington and concurrent master degrees in city planning and public health from UC Berkeley.

     

    Ray Sharp

    Ray works at Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, which serves five rural counties on Michigan’s Lake Superior shore. Ray manages community health assessment, health promotion, and emergency preparedness programs. As a Michigan Complete Streets Institute trainer, Ray has led five Michigan cities to pass Complete Streets ordinances and works with cities, coalitions and school districts on non-motorized transportation plans and Safe Routes to School programs. Ray has presented on active transportation policymaking at many state and national meetings and contributed a chapter titled “Local Public Health Leadership for Active Community Design” to the National Physical Activity Plan book called Implementing Physical Activity Strategies, published in 2013.

    Dr. Qaiser Mukhtar works with the Physical Activity Translation and Evaluation Team in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is committed to supporting physical activity for all Americans through scientific translation, consultation and partnership. Her worksite wellness contributions include the National Physical Activity Plan for Business and Industry, CDC Health ScoreCard, CDC Workplace Health Resource Center, and Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way.   

     During her 18 years with CDC, Qaiser has held a number of scientific and management leadership positions. Before joining the CDC, Qaiser worked as an epidemiologist with the New Mexico State Department of Health where she enjoyed working with tribes and local communities researching diabetes primary prevention, conducting Hantavirus surveillance, and studying substance use. Dr. Mukhtar has a doctorate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and a master’s degree in Parasitology.

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