1 in 21 Champions

Help support a healthy community by being a health leader!

Partner with us by setting healthy goals for your organization to achieve over the year.

We’ll partner with you by providing peer support and resources in achieving those goals.

Becoming a healthier community requires a culture change, one in which each one of us can take an active role.

Your organization can help by becoming a 1 in 21 Champion!
Download a Champion Commitment Letter here.

take proactive steps to achieve the goals of 1 in 21       participate in 1 in 21 events
consider the health of the community when making decisions that impact the workplace and community
network with a wide variety of organizations to share expertise and best practices regarding health issues
share resources that help educate the community in making healthy choices

 1 in 21 Champion Information

More Info

Email: 1in21@co.muskegon.mi.us

Phone: (231)724-1203

Become a Champion

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Commitment Letter

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Return to 1 in 21 and be recognized!

Goals have been set in the categories below, just click a category to view and print.

  • Offer to pay for offsite smoking cessation classes.
  • Offer health insurance premium reduction for non-smokers.
  • Make work facility tobacco free.
  • Start a committee to promote non smoking programs.
  • Use the CDC site for smoking & tobacco use.
  • Dedicate a column in employee newsletter to tobacco free information.
  • Reimburse for tobacco cessation course.
  • Host a tobacco cessation course.
  • Promote community smoking cessation resources.
  • Participate in The Great American Smoke Out. Post stats on social media; display posters in the workplace; send out email to staff about the costs (both physical and monetary) of smoking, etc.
  • Offer flex spending allowance for nicotine replacement products or Rx Meds in insurance packages.
  • Offer reimbursement for nicotine replacement products.
  • Post creative media that addresses tobacco in the workplace.
  • Set a timeline and date for smoke-free workplace; actively offer assistance during the approach period.
  • Test for, and exclude, tobacco users during hiring.
  • Promote the workplace’s smoke free policy online and in new employee orientation.
  • Arrange support groups for employees trying to stay smoke-free.
  • Provide individual, group, or phone counseling through a health plan/EAP for employees to quit and stay smoke-free.
  • Schedule a quarterly lunch and learn. Coordinate with a neighboring business to increase participation.
  • Consider covering smoking cessation RX in health care plans.
  • Offer incentives to quit smoking.
  • Run challenges and post the results in a public place for a number of days since last smoked.

Click here for a printable page of Smoking Cessation Goals . 
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  • Get vending machines with healthy choices.
  • Employer provided fruit in break/lunch room.
  • Organize a healthy potluck luncheon.
  • Dedicate a column in the employee newsletter dedicated to healthy recipes.
  • Create a healthy recipe cook book by employee for employees- free of charge.
  • Set up a fresh food vendor at facility once weekly.
  • Organize cooking demonstrations during lunch break.
  • Distribute nutrition/dietary information as payroll stuffer.
  • Create a wellness team.
  • Bring in nutritionist to speak to employees.
  • Offer healthier choices at company sponsored events.
  • Educate employees on how to read labels, understand portions, educate about nutrients.
  • Implement event around the movie “Fed Up” or “That Sugar Film
  • Provide free fruit and other healthy snacks weekly (in break areas).
  • Hold healthy cooking contests or similar events.
  • By policy, provide healthy food choices for catered company events/meetings.
  • Partner with local hospitals to offer clinics on nutrition and healthy cooking classes.
  • Provide healthy eating reminders and prompts to employees via posters, emails, etc.
  • Provide an opportunity for on-site gardening if possible.
  • Celebrate “free fruit day” and give away apples.
  • Have a homegrown fruit and vegetable exchange.
  • Offer info/recipes on packing healthy brown bag lunches.
  • Organize visits with local fruit and vegetable supplier to sell produce on-site.
  • Work with vending machine company to post calorie/nutrient content amounts on machines.
  • Place myplate.gov charts in break rooms.
  • Schedule quarterly lunch and learns on a healthy eating topic.
  • Change portion sizes of food/beverages.
  • Decrease the size of cups and plates at events.
  • Install nutrition posters.
  • Do a food prep demo to show how healthy cooking can be fun and simple and still taste good.

Click here for a printable page of Nutrition Goals . 
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  • Create a walking campaign, reward team achievements.
  • Offer bike storage for those who can bike to work.
  • Make stairwells appealing with artwork.
  • Implement a 2/3 minute stretch break during work hours.  Video and Poster
  • Sponsor employees who take part in community running events. Check out the 1 in 21 Calendar
  • Provide a room that employees can bring in exercise DVDs; provide fitness equipment and incentives to use.
  • Promote department challenges.
  • Promote biking and walking trails. Provide staff with bike storage.
    Muskegon Trails    Walk Mich Fall 2017     Walk Mich Guide
  • Post sign-up for employees to coordinate walking/cycling groups. Promote a buddy system to hold each other accountable.
  • Consider walking meetings.
  • Sponsor sporting event/team.
  • Sponsor competitive sport events in the community.
  • Sponsor company teams for intermural and local sports.
  • Negotiate gym discounts for employees.
  • Encourage team building events that focus on physical activities.
  • Negotiate discounts with fitness trainers for employees.
  • Promote friendly competitions within the workplace.
  • Offer rewards for accomplishments related to fitness.
  • Encourage employer-sponsored youth athletic teams along with employee volunteers.
  • Map out indoor and outdoor walking trails accessible to employees of all abilities. Muskegon Trails
  • Encourage employees to walk to a specific location and log individual miles for incentive prizes.
  • Offer flexible lunch periods/breaks to encourage individual, group, or buddy walks.
  • Promote other community assets and resources.
  • Offer reimbursement for fitness facilities or an annual reimbursement for ($200) for fitness equipment or activities.
  • Implement a stretching program. Video and Poster
  • Post signs regarding stretching at shared places like copier, fax machines, coffee pots, etc. Poster
  • Sponsor other sporting teams or coordinate softball/kickball/golf outing.
  • Provide a room that employees could bring in fitness DVDs or unused fitness equipment.
  • Have a company picnic and offer fun outdoor activities for all fitness levels.

Click here for a printable page of Physical Activity Goals . 
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  • Create a campaign or messaging to reduce stigma around mental health.
  • Offer training on trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences for employees and how this impacts physical and mental health.
  • Anonymously ask employees what they would like offered to help reduce stress and act on these suggestions.
  • Establish a safe zone/office to ask for help.
  • Offer mental health first aid training.
  • Bring in a speaker to talk about mental health services available in our community.
  • Leaders model good self care and mental health care.
  • Provide flexible schedules.
  • Provide and promote employee assistance program and advertise community resources.
  • Offer crisis briefings after traumatic events.
  • Offer workplace yoga, meditation, mindfulness and stretching opportunities.
  • Provide money management classes.
  • Encourage laughter and team building and facilitate opportunities for this.
  • Provide opportunities for employees to eat together.
  • Offer questionnaire and resources around caregiver strain.
  • Schedule lunch and learns on mental health topics.
  • Offer Compassion Fatigue/Burnout training.
  • Celebrate company and personal success.
  • Create an environment where employees may express themselves in a constructive manner.
  • Create a social emotional health/trauma informed care committee.
  • Implement Michigan’s “Becoming Trauma Informed” Assessment and Toolkit.
  • Encourage staff to complete mental health screenings.
  • Encourage employees to explore mental health Apps for their phones.
  • Bring in speakers to talk about isolation and social connectedness.
  • Implement ProQol survey with employees and use information for creation of strategies to improve morale (Professional Quality of Life).
  • Offer suicide prevention classes such as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer).

Click here for a printable page of Mental Health Goals . 
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  • Use all available avenues to reach employees (break rooms/social media/etc.)
  • Start an employee newsletter, interview employees, have letters to the editor section.
  • Create a suggestion box to further discussion about workplace health.
  • Use games, activities, friendly competitions to foster improved communication.
  • Consider creating an onboarding video as well as a series of videos that brand your organization.
  • Use T-shirts/other branding items to communication corporate message.
  • Celebrate company & personal successes.
  • Hold “all hands” meetings to spotlight important local topics.
  • Set up displays of health posters in lunch/meeting rooms.
  • Send health related e-cards found on free sites like this one from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Promote success stories- highlighting healthy lifestyle success stories.
  • Provide health information fact sheets for employees to take home.
  • Include wellness activity information in new employee orientation.
  • Have a wellness newsletter or a wellness section in your newsletter.
  • Post sign-up sheets that employees can coordinate walking or cycling groups.
  • Do team building activities that encourage employees to work together to solve problems/games.
  • Put up a board with sign ups for various work-site and non work-site events.
  • Do a quarterly or bi-annual forum to open up the floor to employees to discuss events and group outings they would like to see happen.
  • Create a wellness committee and open it up to everyone.
  • Review national, monthly health observances and plan at least a quarterly campaign aligned with a national observance.

Click here for a printable page of Communication Goals . 
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  • Offer paid time off to employees who want to volunteer.
  • Communicate community initiatives-calendar of events-within the company.
  • Allow and/or promote use of facility/meeting rooms for community initiatives.
  • Educate your HR Staff in how to engage employees.
  • Offer to match gifts to community non profits.
  • Start a share program and let employees suggest nominees and those who participate can vote.
  • Recognize the volunteer efforts of employees.
  • Start a community garden, allow employees to plant/tend garden during breaks.
  • Support and promote the Muskegon Farmer’s Market.
  • Encourage ALL employees to participate, and sponsor their participation in community improvement groups.
  • Organize community benefit events for employees to participate in (during, and outside, working hours).
  • Track & recognize community benefit efforts by employees in their performance reviews.
  • Participate in community walks.
  • Hold healthy cooking demos.
  • Partner with other local organizations to sponsor an event. Share expenses and resources. Network with others.
  • Develop a brainstorming team for ideas and to help with wellness activities.
  • Allocate a day per month/quarter/year for a team to give back to local community by volunteering.
  • Promote community smoking cessation resources.
  • Organize opportunities for employees to serve the community (ex- roadside clean up day, sponsoring a food truck, etc.)
  • Run internal challenges for social groups (Toys for Tots, Kids Food Basket, etc.)

Click here for a printable page of Community Outreach Goals . 
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  • Take inventory of all health and safety initiatives in your workplace.
  • Do a survey on interest. Do a follow up evaluation on programs.
  • Create a wellness team or at least incorporate wellness in your events and safety teams.
  • Track consistent measurements, such as sick days, participation levels, costs, & savings from programs.
  • Start at the executive level, use as guinea pigs and don’t be hypocritical.
  • Do a HRA. Utilizing it, look at the top 3 areas that will most impact your workplace and begin to create a plan of attack.
  • Do either a bi-annual or annual reassessment to make sure your plan is working and then make changes to the current plan to make it more effective.
  • Have health related information accessible for employees and their families so that they are able to make informed healthcare decisions.
  • Health related absence days to allow for appointments, education, etc.
  • Develop a brainstorming team for ideas and to help with wellness activities.

Click here for a printable page of Strategic Planning Goals . 
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