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Worksite Programs

Employers implement numerous programs encouraging employees to walk, bike, and take transit. Such policies can focus on traffic congestion or employee health, but most inherently address both issues. Sample programs include transit reimbursements, parking cash-outs (i.e., offering the cash equivalent of subsidized parking costs to employees who commute without a car), worksite showers and lockers, and walk-to-work days or other fitness programs.

A good example of a worksite walking group is that at the University of California at Berkeley. It meets three days a week with varying routes and accommodates all fitness levels. The group sometimes provides prize incentives for those participating during the summer months. For more information, see http://uhs.berkeley.edu/facstaff/healthmatters/walkinggroup.shtml.

While all types and sizes of worksites can develop walking programs, they are most commonly found in larger worksites.

Sample Programs and Resources:
American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies program
Weigh to Health corporate nutrition and preventative health
Walk Across Washington

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