June is Employee Health & Fitness Month
By APA’s Staff Initiatives Office
June is Employee Health and Fitness Month. APA’s strategic goals include a focus on psychology’s role in advancing health, and many Public Interest initiatives focus on promoting health and eliminating health disparities. APA as an organization also promotes health and fitness for its staff year round.
APA’s Staff Initiatives Office develops and implements programs and policies that create an environment which supports employee motivation, recognition, wellness and engagement. Employees may attend group fitness classes before work, after work or during lunch for only $1. Participation in classes has increased, and these programs are considered a contributing factor in keeping health care premium costs down.
This office also partners with staff committees, many of which include committed Public Interest staff that work to improve health and well-being in APA’s community. APA staff efforts have included a Suited For Change clothing drive, Go Casual For Charity Day, a fundraiser benefiting local organizations, including the DC Bar Foundation, House of Ruth, the Capital Area Food Bank, the American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy, SafeShores and Courtney’s House. The office also sponsors volunteer online tutoring with Innovations For Learning, an organization that enables staff to tutor remotely first and second graders in the D.C. area who are learning to read. Other initiatives have supported So Others Might Eat, Toys For Tots, Habitat for Humanity and others.
The office also sponsors brown bag educational lunches for staff on topics related to psychology, stress and resilience, including stereotyping, multicultural education, the relationship between people and animals, findings from the Stress in America survey, careers in psychology and bullying.