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2nd Quarter WellCity milestone: Standard 8.3

Does your 2017 operating plan include a behavior change activity? If the 2018 WellCity Award is your goal, be sure to offer a behavior change activity this year that satisfies 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 multi-week campaigns (such as AWC’s Colorful Choices and the upcoming Fit for the Feast challenge).

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