Are you looking for inspirational ways to improve the health, safety and well-being of your employees? Are you interested in learning about best practices in the field of worksite health promotion? Could your wellness committee benefit from a training focused on program evaluation?
You are in luck! Massachusetts is home to several organizations and resources committed to sharing best practices and advancing wellness across the state.
The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA)
The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) 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. WWCMA provides networking, education, tools, and other resources to help employers cultivate and sustain a culture of health and wellness for employees and their families. Examples of offerings include:
Community Health Training Institute
The Community Health Training Institute (the Training Institute) provides targeted skills development to individuals and teams working to build healthy communities in Massachusetts. Core competencies include: Coalition Building; Leadership; Policy and Systems Change; Communications; Health Equity; Youth Development; Strategic Planning and Evaluation. Through the Training Institute, you can gain and/or improve skills such as how to effectively communicate your wellness initiative to maximize employee participation; and how to evaluate your wellness initiative to build the case and sustain your initiative overtime. Examples of offerings include:
The Training Institute has a convenient searchable catalog of trainings and events. Past training content include health topics such as active living and healthy eating, tobacco cessation, and occupational ergonomics.
Many of the events and resources offered by these organizations are either free or available at a low cost.
In 2014, only 1% of businesses partnered with local experts. Now is the time to change those statistics by partnering with local experts to advance health and wellness! Within your own organization, there is also a wealth of expertise and offerings that your community can benefit from. Consider becoming a change agent for health and don’t forget to leverage the many useful resources available in your own backyard.