Why focus on workplace 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. Workplace 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 workplaces create a sustainable wellness culture and set a foundation of policy, environmental and social supports in the following areas:
Organizational Planning & Structure: Create a strong foundation for a workplace wellness initiative.
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 living: 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
Workplaces that apply and receive funding will become part of the SHIP Workplace Collaborative, which includes all SHIP workplace partners. Throughout the SHIP Workplace Collaborative you will be supported by staff from Carver County Public Health, and have opportunities to network with other SHIP workplace partners. Carver County Public Health will:
- Facilitate one-on-one and SHIP Workplace Collaborative team meetings with partners.
- Provide technical assistance for organizational planning and/or implementation of selected project(s).
- Offer tools and resources to help partners create a successful and sustainable wellness initiative.
- Assist with creating stories highlighting SHIP Workplace Collaborative partner's successes.
Sign Up Your Workplace
Carver County Public Health is looking for motivated employers that want to strengthen their workplace culture and offer more opportunities for employees to make healthy choices to improve health. If you are interested in applying for funding, please complete the SHIP Workplace Project Proposal. Limited funds are available and completing a project proposal is required; proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. January 31, 2020.
- SHIP Workplace Project Proposal
- SHIP Workplace Project Proposal Instructions
- SHIP Workplace Financial Guide
- Carver County Supports Breastfeeding Employees
- City of Chaska Hosts Taste-Testing Event to Choose Healthier Foods for Vending Machine
- Eastern Carver County Schools Support Breastfeeding Employees
- Good Samaritan Society Creates Raised Garden Beds to Support Health
- Lifecore Biomedical Engages Employees to Create New Wellness Brand
- Mackenthun's Fine Foods Break Room Remodel Supports Wellness
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Supports Wellbeing of Employees & Guests
- CDC Workplace Health Promotion
- Wellness Council of America
- Business Case for Breastfeeding
The SHIP Workplace Collaborative is supported by the
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health.