Healthy Employees Improve Your Bottom Line!
The United States is facing an unparalleled health epidemic, driven largely by chronic diseases that are threatening American businesses’ competitiveness because of lost productivity and unsustainable health care costs. The medical care costs of people with chronic diseases was reported in 2009 to account for more than 75% of the nation’s $2.2 trillion medical care costs.
Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, adopting healthy lifestyles can help prevent them. To curb rising health care costs, many employers are turning to workplace health programs to make changes in the worksite environment, help employees adopt healthier lifestyles and, in the process, lower their risk of developing costly chronic diseases.
Worksite wellness programs
- Increase Productivity – having happier and healthier employees results in more work being produced
- Decrease Absenteeism – evidence suggests absenteeism by as much as 28%
- Decreases Health Care Costs – employees who make healthy lifestyle choices are less likely to need expensive health care
Transforming Health NC works with employers in Region 7 to assess current worksite wellness initiatives and implement activities to prevent heart disease, stroke and related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Our staff uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Worksite Health ScoreCard to look at what is currently being done in the worksite and identifies areas where additional activities and programs can make these efforts more effective. Assistance with starting these activities and programs is then provided to the employer.
Although there are many models out there for what a worksite wellness program should look like, evidence indicates that the five crucial elements of a successful worksite wellness program should include:
- Individual Health Education focusing on skill development and lifestyle behavior change
- A supportive work environment to promote and reinforce healthy behavior
- Leadership Support to champion the program, and allocate financial and human resources to make the program work
- Linkage to related programs, such as employee assistance programs that help employees achieve work-life balance
- Health Assessment programs that refer employees to appropriate medical care when necessary
If you are an employer or an employee interested in starting or expanding your worksite wellness program, please contact Melissa Rockett.
We thank the worksites in our Region who have already taken the CDC Worksite Health Scorecard and committed to making their workplace healthier for their employees:
- Franklin County Government
- Robling Medical
- Granville-Vance Public Health
- Halifax County Public Health
- City of Weldon Schools
- Johnston County Government
- Johnston Community College
- Johnston Health
- Town of Clayton
- Town of Smithfield
- Word Tabernacle Church
- Capital Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
- Department of Public Instruction
- Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
- The Poe Center for Health Education
- Warren County Government