Worksite wellness programs and policies are important to helping adults lead healthy lives. Worksites that remove barriers to healthy food choices, physical activity and accessing preventive services help reduce chronic disease risk factors, support emotional and mental health, and boost productivity for their employees. In return, investing in worksite wellness programs can help curb healthcare costs and have other financial benefits for employers. We are committed to partnering with workplaces to help develop or expand worksite wellness programs and policies. We can also connect worksites with resources, partners and grant opportunities.
We support businesses that want to establish a worksite wellness program, providing guidance about policy, activities and strategies for change. We work with and train community members and leaders in worksite wellness best practices, and assist with making grant funds available. We can help employers work with the Creating a Healthier Worksite Resource , which includes information on physical activity, nutrition, tobacco, substance abuse, mental health and breastfeeding. We also support employers who use the Department of Health Quit at Work tool, the Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project and the CDC Healthy Worksites resources.
Highlights in Our Region
- Using funds from the “Supporting Nursing Mother’s at Work” grant, Creative Spirits Children’s Center in West Fairlee created a warm and welcoming space for both employees and mothers who wish to breastfeed during the day.
- A local substance abuse agency started a Worksite Wellness Program using Health Department resources and staff for guidance.
- Fogg’s Hardware in Norwich has been a leader in creating a breastfeeding friendly place for employees.