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Worksite Wellness Resource: Tekeela Green, Shelby County Health Department

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."

Q: "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 tekeela.green@shelbycountytn.gov

Posted by Tara Hill at 2:00 PM

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