Living Healthy in Washington County helps local employers and businesses create a culture of wellness where healthy choices are the norm. Minnesotans spend significant time at work—but more and more, technology makes many jobs less active. Outside of work, it can be hard to find time for physical activity or preparing nutritious meals at home.
For employers, chronic disease from smoking and other health conditions are increasing health care costs and reducing productivity. A worksite wellness program helps educate and motivate employees in positive lifestyle behaviors, such as healthy eating, physical activity, weight loss, stress management, smoking cessation, and more.
Employers typically see a $3.00 return on investment for every $1.00 spent on workplace wellness programs
On average, smokers are absent from work 33 percent more often than nonsmokers
Lost productivity due to health issues cost companies $1,685 per employee/year
⇒ Collaborate and network through the Worksite Health Partnership (WHP) with employers in Washington County.
⇒ Support policy, system or environmental changes within businesses around worksite wellness.
Through Living Healthy in Washington County, worksite partners will have an opportunity to focus on creating, maintaining, and expanding comprehensive worksite wellness programs. Partners can identify projects specific to their worksites and receive support for these efforts from LHWC through consulting services. Worksites can apply for funding to continue their foundational work and expand to other focus areas including healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco reduction, and breastfeeding support initiatives. The Washington County Worksite Health Partnership is an opportunity for worksites in Washington County to network and share wellness ideas in order to create or strengthen their wellness programs.
Does your employee wellness program need a jump start? Living Healthy in Washington County offers free consulting and support services to worksites to build the foundational elements of wellness. These services are free to any interested worksite in Washington County through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) funding. SHIP Workplace Wellness strategy focuses on the following topic areas:
⇒ Organizational Planning: Establishing a framework for a new or existing comprehensive wellness program.
⇒ Healthy Eating: Projects that increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and decrease sodium, added sugar and saturated fat by addressing vending, healthy snack stations, catering and/or foods served at staff meetings.
⇒ Physical Activity: Projects that increase access to physical activity and provide support or policies that address being physically active in the workplace.
⇒ Breastfeeding Support: Accommodate and support breastfeeding employees.
⇒ Tobacco-Free Environments: Promote a tobacco-free campus and tobacco cessation opportunities.