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.
Living Healthy in Washington County offers free consulting and support services to worksites to build the foundational elements of wellness. These services are available to any interested worksite in Washington County.
Does your employee wellness program need a jumpstart? Apply for a worksite wellness partner project! On behalf of Living Healthy in Washington County (LHWC) and the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, we are pleased to announce the opportunity for funding to support Worksite Wellness Partner Projects. Businesses may apply for up to $5,000 to work on one of the following focus areas: organizational planning, physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and breastfeeding support. Funding for this project is made available through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), which strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.
The funding cycle will begin November 2017 through October 2018.
Click here for Application and Guidelines. Return completed application electronically by Nov. 30, 2017 to: Chris Fennern, Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, Chris.Fennern@co.washington.mn.us
For more information contact Lia Burg, Community Health Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-430-6675.