Tekeela Green is the Public Health Coordinator for the Shelby County Health Department. Check out what she has to say to employers about worksite wellness and how she can help!
Q: "Can you tell us a little about your interests and background in the field of Health Promotion?"
A: "I was interested in
public health/health promotion for personal reasons. My family has a
history of high blood pressure and diabetes. Many of them take a lot of
medicine, but are not changing their lifestyle (change in eating habits or
exercising). I didn’t want to follow in those steps. I also
realized that people want to do better but often don’t know how or don’t know
where to begin. Educating the community on prevention methods is what I
love and I enjoy seeing the look on faces when they realize that making a few
changes is not as hard as they thought."
Q: "What are some of the services you can provide to employers in the Memphis area?"
A: "The health promotion
section offers information on healthy eating, physical activity, heart disease,
obesity, and smoking. We attend employee health fairs and do
presentations on the topics listed above. In our presentations, we give
practical ways to eat healthy and incorporate physical activity into a busy
workday, as well as strategies to quit smoking and prevention messages to not
start smoking, especially for children."
Q: "What is the best way
to engage employees and get them to want to make a health behavior change?"
A: "I think the best way
to engage people is to have visuals along with handouts. Handouts should
reiterate the message and not be the only message. People learn by
different methods. Visually seeing a clogged artery and how blood gets
blocked and reading about it puts it more in perspective. Our goal is to
deliver prevention messages. We want to help reduce your chance of
experiencing these chronic health conditions."
"What types of
presentations do you think employers would find most helpful in educating their
employees about wellness?"
A: "The topics such as healthy
eating tips, the benefits of eating healthy and the consequences of not eating
healthy or physical inactivity. People consume calories in many forms
(food and beverage) but have no real concept of the effects of these
foods/beverages on their body. Often people wait until they receive a
diagnosis before change is initiated. Waiting for signs and symptoms can
sometimes be too late. When people see the damage/consequences to their
actions, it often changes their attitude and/or behavior."
To learn more please contact: Tekeela Green at email@example.com