March 2, 2006 - U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp joined Restoration Services Inc. at the DoubleTree Hotel when the Oak Ridge company recently kicked off its wellness program sponsored by the University of Tennessee's "Tennessee on the Move."
The program is an affiliate of "America on the Move," an initiative dedicated to helping individuals and communities across the nation make positive changes to improve health and quality of life. "Tennessee on the Move" introduces small and simple lifestyle improvements via interactive Web-based programming coupled with on-site group support in the workplace. It also offers a worksite wellness package that includes pedometers and guide books for employees, on-site and on-line program support, employee workshops and program evaluation reports.
"The human body was made to move," Wamp said. "Small steps can make a huge difference in your life."
RSI vice president Peter Caswell saw Wamp last year on CSPAN delivering a speech on healthcare, in which he expressed his views on taking accountability and responsibility for personal wellness as a way to decrease healthcare costs. RSI contacted Wamp's office for the congressman's help in strengthening its program, and Wamp connected them with "Tennessee on the Move."
"Do you think there's anyone in the U.S. who doesn't know that in order to not be fat, you have to eat less and exercise more? The gap is between knowing and doing," said Michael B. Zemel, executive director of "Tennessee on the Move" and University of Tennessee professor of nutrition and medicine. "Keep your current lifestyle - we're going to modify it."
The key, Zemel continued, is taking small steps. That includes ordering medium instead of large fries, taking the stairs and walking to your co-worker's desk instead of sending him an e-mail. He also encouraged RSI employees to incorporate milk, cheese and yogurt into their diets to help control their weight.
Employees were also given pedometers to track their progress in reaching their goal of 1,000 steps a day.
"No company has ever done this for me as a person," said one RSI employee, thanking RSI president Staci Ferguson and vice president Rick Ferguson.
For more information on "America on the Move," visit www.americaonthemove.org.