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Worksite Wellness Programs

worksite wellness

In partnership with CarePlus, St. Vincent Charity Occupational Health can help clients develop a customized workplace wellness program that aligns with company business goals, overall employee health profile, and budget requirements.

There are numerous benefits of worksite wellness programs. In fact there are more than 200 scientific studies indicating the positive return-on-investment. Worksites are crucial to improving the health of their workers. Most adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthful habits.

The worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior and this needs to be put to use as a means of assisting employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Benefits of worksite wellness programs for employees include:

  • Weight reduction
  • Lower levels of stress
  • Improved physical fitness
  • Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem
  • Increased stamina

Employers can also benefit from worksite wellness programs. According to recent research, employers’ benefits are:

  • Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees
  • Reduced employee absenteeism
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Improved employee relations & morale
  • Decreased rates of illness and injuries
  • Increased productivity

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report in 2012 revealed that at worksites with physical activity programs, employers have:

  • Reduced healthcare costs by 20 to 55 percent
  • Reduced short-term sick leave by six to 32 percent
  • Increased productivity by two to 52 percent

Thanks to modern medicine, life expectancy for Americans has continually increased. How much we enjoy these additional years, however, depends greatly on how we have lived our lives. If our quality of life is to remain high so that we can fully enjoy these extra years, we must practice good eating habits, be active and refrain from using tobacco products.

Worksite wellness programs can help support these healthy behaviors. This guide indicates only a small portion of the existing evidence that shows worksite wellness works. Take advantage of these benefits in your organization. Start a worksite wellness program now! Use this guide to assist you and direct you to resources that you can use to create a successful program. Let’s get started!

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