Total Life Concept (TLC), Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL's) employee health promotion program, provides awareness and opportunity for all employees and their families to achieve and maintain physical and mental health and well-being through a supportive environment. Since its start in 1986, over 60% of the employee population has participated in one or more TLC programs. All programs are free and open to all Sandia National Laboratories employees and their families.
To become a recognized leader in corporate health promotion.
TLC programs and services include a wide variety of fitness, nutrition, and stress assessments; group exercise classes; education and life styles programs; individualized exercise programs; fitness forever incentive programs; security fitness programs; special events; and a strong commitment to help the participant succeed. These efforts are supported by health educators, exercise physiologists, and nutritionists. TLC programs and services are based on the most current and effective strategies in preventive health care.
The TLC health education programs addresses life style issues from back care to self esteem. The stress management program includes individual and organizational stress assessments and consultants. TLC offers classes for increasing health awareness and building skills for healthy behavior change. These programs include blood pressure control, cancer awareness/self care, smoking cessation, controlling anger, communicating for success, and cholesterol screening.
The TLC nutrition staff supports a program for promoting good dietary habits by providing a wide variety of educational seminars and classes designed to help employees to make healthy food choices. This includes nutrition assessments, cooking demonstrations, and supermarket tours to assist in improving nutritional skills.
TLC's impact on Sandia National Laboratories population can be seen in changes in physiological variables, changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, a noticeable change in employee health status, and a reduction of medical claims costs.
TLC has won the Johnson & Johnson Quality Audit Best Business Practices for its medical referral process form, innovative programming, and program evaluation component. In 1993, TLC received Sandia National Laboratories President's Silver Quality Award. They have been recognized in publications such as the "American Journal of Health Promotion," "Fitness for Business," and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
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