The Mass Health Promotion Clearinghouse maintains over 600 resources in 10 languages that cover a variety of public health topics including chronic disease prevention. Topic areas such as diabetes, wellness, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, asthma and other health promotion topics are covered. Materials are available free-of-charge to residents, health care providers, and social service providers in the Commonwealth. Many products are available in multiple formats like flyers or pamphlets, and can be ordered in various languages. These materials are colorful and easy to use.
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Did you know that 1 in 5 Massachusetts adults struggle with depression?1 In fact, over 10% of working-aged Massachusetts adults reported 15+ days of poor mental health in the previous month!1 Why is this an issue for Massachusetts employers? We know that depression alone accounts for a 17% loss in productivity every year.2 Employees can also experience high levels of stress from demanding workloads, financial issues, and health concerns. By creating an environment to address mental health issues and providing tools and policies to manage stress, organizations can improve employee health while increasing productivity and retaining top-quality employees.
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.