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PEP — A Personal Empowerment Plan

Empower Your Employees with PEP to Get Active and Eat Better!

Personal Empowerman Plan KitPersonal Empowerment Plan (PEP) is a strategy for work sites to promote healthy eating and moderate physical activity. The Coordinator’s Guide will walk you through the PEP Steps to implementing a wellness program: planning, promoting, implementing, and evaluating. PEP includes a Coordinator’s Guide, a CD of print-ready PDF tools, including the PEP logo for use on participant materials and handouts. Also included is a Stage of Change Test (or assessment) so you can match workbooks to each employees starting point.

Why Use PEP?

According to formative research completed for the original version of PEP (released 1999), the predominant barriers faced by individuals changing their health behaviors were lack of energy and lack of time. PEP addressed these barriers by providing simple ways for individuals to eat healthier foods and increase physical activity as part of their daily lives.

In this revised version, PEP, now known as Personal Empowerment Plan, continues to address barriers to improving eating and increasing physical activity, but also provides worksite coordinators with: current public health recommendations for these behaviors, basic tools for worksite health promotion planning, and access to on-line tools that allow for customization of materials for the worksite setting.

For More Information

Contact the Cooper Institute* in Dallas, Texas: (800) 635-7050.

For additional background information regarding the PEP program, you may send e-mail inquiries to CDC at or call CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program at 1-800-232-4636 (800-CDC-INFO).

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Page last reviewed: May 19, 2008
Page last updated: May 19, 2008
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion