From July 2002 to July 2005, staff from the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the United Nations (UN) Medical Services Division collaborated to develop a worksite health promotion program, with a particular focus on smoking cessation, for employees at UN headquarters.
Health department staff completed a Wellness Resource Center Web site to provide information about, and encourage participation in, the newly created wellness program.
Health department and UN staff worked together to run two four-month "wellness challenges" for UN employees in New York. More than 1,000 people participated in at least one component of the first challenge; about 200 participated in at least one component of the second challenge. The components of the challenges included:
- Health screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and body mass index).
- A healthy eating plan to improve eating habits.
- A physical activity program.
- A tobacco cessation program.
In addition, project staff offered informal health education workshops at lunchtime.
United Nations staff implemented environmental changes at headquarters, including:
- A workplace policy that bans smoking except in designated areas.
- Glass walls that partition a smoking area in an on-site dining facility.
- Centrally located bulletin boards that provide information about wellness initiative programs.