Upcoming Webinar

What Works in Worksite Wellness:  Recommendations from the Evaluation of Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Rockland County


Presented by:

Melanie Shefchik, MA, RN, CHES

Melissa Jacobson, MPH

Webinar Description:

Worksites of all sizes and industries have the prime opportunity to encourage healthy habits to help employees prevent a variety of health problems such as heart disease, depression and diabetes.  Well-designed wellness programs in the workplace create supportive environments and make it easy for employees to engage in physical activity and other healthy behaviors.

This presentation will provide a summary of key recommendations from the implementation and evaluation of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play worksite wellness program in Rockland County, NY. This five-year grant-funded initiative resulted in the completion of 258 policy, environmental, and activity-based changes at twenty worksites including onsite farmer’s markets, weight loss programs, health risk assessments, lactation support programs and spaces, walking paths, fitness centers, and more. Participants will learn ways in which they can partner with local employers or implement worksite wellness interventions in their own workplace. In addition to covering a variety of suggestions for implementing evidence-based strategies, special attention will be given to achieving sustainability and accomplishing meaningful changes with minimal funding.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Describe at least three recommendations for inclusion in any worksite wellness program

2.  Identify three interventions for consideration in your own employer or partner employers

3.  Describe at least two common challenges encountered in worksite wellness programs and identify a solution for each

Date:  Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required - 

Presenter Bios:

Melanie Shefchik currently serves as an Instructional Specialist in the Department of Public Health at Montclair State University. Prior to this, she worked as a Program Specialist for the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention  at the Rockland County Department of Health for seven years, specializing in chronic disease prevention and worksite wellness. Before joining the Rockland County Department of Health, Ms. Shefchik was a Research Assistant for the Good Fit Project, funded by the National Cancer Institute, where she assisted in eating and physical activity research. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a BS in Community Health, an MA in Health Education, and is CHES certified.

Melissa Jacobson has been employed with the Rockland County Department of Health for 15 years.  She currently assists with the fiscal, programmatic, planning, and daily operations of the division of public health promotion and chronic disease prevention in her role as Assistant Director.  In addition, she coordinates chronic disease prevention and promotion initiatives through the broad Steps to a Healthier Rockland initiative in Rockland.  She currently oversees several state-funded initiatives – Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play, Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities and Sodium Reduction in Communities, which are aimed at implementing sustainable population-based policy and environmental strategies that will positively influence health behaviors and health outcomes in several communities in Rockland County.

Ms. Jacobson holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University.



Past Webinar: 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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