Why focus on worksite wellness?
Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. Creating healthy work environments and encouraging healthy behaviors can have a positive impact on employee health and job satisfaction. Worksite wellness initiatives can:
- Improve employee productivity
- Reduce employee absenteeism
- Lower employee turnover
- Attract and retain top talent
- Manage healthcare costs
In partnership with local employers, Carver County Public Health helps worksites create a sustainable wellness culture and set a foundation of policy, environmental and social supports in the following areas:
Breastfeeding support: Provide mothers with a clean, comfortable place to express milk that complies with the state law and establish supportive workplace programs, so employees can continue breastfeeding.
Healthy food environment: Provide access to healthy foods and beverages during the workday.
Physical activity environment: Increase opportunities for physical activity during the workday.
Tobacco-free worksite: Establish comprehensive tobacco-free policies, health plan coverage of tobacco cessation treatment and onsite support for and promotion of tobacco cessation treatment.
Dementia-friendly workplace: ACT on Alzheimer’s® offers a one-hour Dementia Friendly @ Work training for employees. The training focuses on understanding dementia, communication tips, and taking action to create an environment that is safe, respectful and welcoming for people living with dementia.
Diabetes prevention program: A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. A trained lifestyle coach leads the program to help participants change key aspects of their lifestyle, like eating healthier and moving more. It is a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results.
How it Works
Throughout the SHIP Worksite Collaborative you will be supported by staff from the Carver County Public Health Department. Carver County Public Health will:
- Facilitate regular one-on-one and Collaborative team meetings with partners.
- Provide technical assistance for organizational planning and/or implementation of selected project.
- Offer tools and resources to help partners create a successful and sustainable wellness initiative.
- Oversee funding and purchasing of project materials for Collaborative partners.
- Create stories highlighting Collaborative partner's successes.
Sign Up Your Worksite
Carver County Public Health is looking for motivated employers that want to strengthen their workplace culture and offer more opportunities for employees to make healthier choices to improve health. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please complete the SHIP Worksite Collaborative application. Space is limited and an application to join is required; applications are due by March 30, 2018.
- Eastern Carver County Schools Support Breastfeeding Employees
- Lifecore Biomedical Engages Employees to Create New Wellness Brand
- Mackenthun's Fine Foods Break Room Remodel Supports Wellness
- Across Minnesota
- CDC Workplace Health Promotion
- Wellness Council of America
- Business Case for Breastfeeding
The SHIP Worksite Collaborative is supported by the
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health