Efforts to improve employee wellness are beneficial to both employee and employer. Programs and policies that prevent obesity, support healthy nutrition, provide tobacco cessation resources, encourage physical activity can reduce health care costs.
As employers, local agencies can play an important role in reducing the high rates of preventable chronic diseases. Local agencies can also promote good health by including design characteristics, green building materials and accommodations for active commuting and exercise in buildings.
Small policy and program efforts to improve health in the workplace can have big benefits for the employer, including: reduced cost for chronic diseases, decreased absenteeism, reduced employee turnover, improved worker satisfaction and morale, and increased organizational ability to recruit new employees in a competitive market.
These case stories provide example of creating healthy workplaces. Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.