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Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of... more »

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Department of Defense

3 HOURS GRANTED PER WEEK - CIVILIAN FITNESS PROGRAM - HEALTH AND WELLNESS

I would like to encourage the DoD, and all agencies under OPM to expand its emphasis on improving and encouraging health and wellness plans within agencies. The use of DoD and OPM directives to make broad statements about general health and wellness programs does not encourage agencies to think ‘outside of the box.’ My recommendation would be to create a ‘toolkit’ of programs that individual agencies could use, with OPM... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

You ARE what you eat!

2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese and the estimated cost of obesity is $147 billion per year. Poor diet and lack of activity are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and gaining on smoking (number 1 killer). Clearly, our food environment is not conducive to health and costing a fortune.
The default food choices in most government agencies are direct contributors to poor diets.
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Department of Health and Human Services

Junk the Junk Food!

Upgrade government cafeteria food choices to HEALTHY. Stop selling junk food, sodas, high fat and high cholesterol foods in government cafeterias and vending machines. This will improve health, reduce sickness, reduce healthcare costs, and reduce health insurance premiums.

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Department of Labor

Support Healthy Lifestyle Choices

More and more studies have shown that healthy employees are productive employees, yet with the amount of time we spend working, commuting, family, etc. many Feds have limited time to devote to wellness activities and fitness. In the military, working out three times a week (during duty hours) is encouraged and often enforced by many unit commanders.

Allot time during the regular workday to allow employees to go to that... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Employee Health and Wellness

My idea is on improving the health and wellness of government employees. A lot of government jobs are office or "desk jobs" which people are in there chairs for 8+ hours a day. I live and work in the Forest and everyone I work with loves when I bring in fresh organic fruits and veggies from my home garden. I think having an office garden at government jobs would be a great benefit. It would entice employees to get outside... more »

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General Services Administration

Encourage Healthy Diets

Diet related illnesses among federal employees cost the government billions in healthcare expenses and lost productivity, yet federal workplaces actively enable poor dietary choices with junk-filled vending machines and unhealthy cafeteria offerings.

 

Efforts to limit junk food availability in schools have shown positive results. Similar measures should be adopted for the federal workplace.

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Drug Screening for Welfare

I suggest Welfare Recipients should have to take a drug/alcohol test before qualifying and periodically to maintain welfare benefits. Most of our federal and private employees a have to take a drug test to work which our pay checks help fund the welfare system so it is only fair that they should have to follow the same standards. This would reduce welfare costs and hopefully overall health by forcing the abusers to... more »

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Legislative Branch

Support a healther workforce.

Simply by installing exercise equipment in all government facilities, we can have a healthier workforce. Most federal positions require a large amount of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer. By having an exercise room in every building, employees can work out stress, lose weight and regain a healthier life style. Perhaps work this room into the next building lease.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Self-Insured Federal Health Care Plan

Self insure for health care. Why go through blue cross blue shield and other horribly over priced health care providers? The government has a massive work force which could easily sustain a health care program without the costly middlemen and brokers like bluecross/blueshield. The government self insures rental cars, why not health care?

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Department of Health and Human Services

Taking a power nap to refresh the brain and be efficient

'Researchers at Harvard say that taking a power nap for an hour in the afternoon can totally refresh you. They say that by the time you wake up you'll feel so good, you'll be able to start looking for a new job.' ~Jay Leno quote.

 

Taking a power nap to refresh the brain and be efficient in your job or find a new job. Be creative, reponsible, happy and healthy.

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Office of Personnel Management

Healthy and Productive

I suggest the US gov have available workout facilities and a mandatory 30 minutes exercise time during the scheduled work day for their employees. Studies show that regular exercise increases mental productivity. Also having a required time with in the pay period will leave no excuses for the unmotivated. This will also cut down on health costs related to sedentary people.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Let's Move!

Allow government employees 3 hours of administrative leave per week to participate in a fitness program. Many employees cannot fit exercise into their schedule due to work and family obligations. Many of these employees also have desk jobs, with little or no opportunity for physical activity. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major causes of health problems in this country. Giving employees a chance to exercise... more »

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