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.
More and more worksites in Massachusetts are investing in the health of their employees!
Worksite Wellness Programs are becoming more common as employers realize that a healthy workplace can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare costs. However, starting a worksite wellness program can often be challenging for many employers if they have limited resources, funding and support.
In fact, a 2014 Worksite Health Survey of Massachusetts businesses showed that many businesses were interested in worksite wellness programs but needed support from experts, a community that offered opportunities for collaboration, and financial resources to help launch a program.
We listened to you! Working on Wellness is a new statewide program funded by the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund that was created in response to these survey results. The program offers training and technical assistance, seed funding and support services to employers seeking to launch a wellness program at their worksite. Learn more about Working on Wellness.