The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts hosted their 4th Annual Conference at Gillette Stadium last Tuesday, September 22, 2015. The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts is an organization of Massachusetts health promotion professionals and business leaders dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles for all employees of Massachusetts through health promotion activities at the worksite. If your organization is seeking a network of support on various topics of worksite wellness, the Worksite Wellness Council of MA Resource Guide can guide in the right direction.
It’s all connected. A recent study by the Vitality Institute and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) found that the health of employees is linked to the health of the community in which they live. Its report, Beyond the Four Walls: Why Community is Critical to Workforce Health, analyzed health data (smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, cardiovascular mortality) across 3,100 counties and 21 major industries. It found that workers in poor health were more likely to live in counties with poor health, thus demonstrating a link between the community and a healthy workforce.
Large businesses, non-profits and government organizations have been experiencing the benefits of wellness programs for decades. But only recently have smaller businesses started to initiate worksite wellness programs.