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NIOSH: Healthy lifestyles mean healthy workers
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to launch a new national initiative this fall called "Steps to a HealthierUS Workforce," aimed at integrating worker healthy lifestyle promotion with the NIOSH mission of protecting and improving working conditions and work environment.
NIOSH, along with several co-sponsors, will convene a three-day symposium on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, DC, Oct. 26-28, 2004. The initiative recognizes that workers, families, and employers share the goal of wishing to protect, preserve, and improve the health of people at work.
"By bringing together the health promotion and occupational safety and health communities, we are seeking to highlight common interests and develop mutually supportive strategies for research and practice to improve worker health, safety, and well-being," said NIOSH director John Howard, MD, in making the announcement.
According to NIOSH, the symposium will:
NIOSH is identifying organizations interested in contributing to this new initiative by participating in agenda development, outreach, and publicity and assisting in follow-up activities. For more about the initiative, e-mail Tanya Headley at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit the STEPS to a HealthierUS Workforce web site: www.cdc.gov/niosh/steps.