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Does your plan include a behavior change activity?

If the 2017 WellCity Award is your goal, make sure to include a behavior change activity in your 2016 program to satisfy WellCity Standard 8.3. Behavior change activities typically last from 4 to 6 weeks, or may be ongoing throughout the entire year. They involve setting goals, learning new health information, practicing new skills, and tracking progress.

As defined in the eWellCity Glossary, behavior change activities:

“Provide structured opportunities to practice new, healthy behaviors over an extended period of time – usually several weeks – with the goal of developing health habits that become a regular part of a healthy lifestyle. Commitment, goals and tracking are important for these activities. Behavior change is difficult, but it’s these types of activities that lead to reducing health risks and improving health.”

Examples of behavior change activities include ongoing exercise classes, multiple session seminars, ongoing support groups, and AWC campaigns like Unplugged: Six Weeks to Better Sleep, Walktober, and Healthy Habits for Life.

If you have a questions about whether an activity qualifies as a behavior change program, please contact the Trust’s wellness team for assistance.