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Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan: Worksite

Worksites are a prime setting to implement obesity prevention strategies. Employees often spend the majority of their waking hours in the worksite environment, an environment where a number of policy, environmental and behavioral strategies are modifiable. Expanding current efforts to train worksites on effective wellness strategies in the Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Resource Kit and identifying and recruiting additional outreach partners and trainers is the greatest need to move forward and expand this initiative.

Worksite Strategies (PDF, 312 KB)

View the objectives and full list of strategies for implementation in the Worksite setting.

Key Strategies Overview:

  1. Implement comprehensive worksite wellness programs using evidence-based strategies.

  2. Promote, support and develop more worksite wellness efforts that are statewide, regional or city-wide initiatives such as Well City® Initiatives.

  3. Establish a network that encourages professional development and sharing of ideas and information on worksite wellness (i.e. networking, learning circles, etc.)

Integrating Wellness at Work

Biking to work video

Video Success Story (exit DHS)

Integrating Wellness at Work (Trane Corp.) - Employees say their mood is improved, they feel good, as if they've accomplished something, and appreciate the team aspect...businesses create value when they encourage and support healthy choices at work.

Resources

Worksite kit

Select Worksite Resources for ideas and materials to implement the key strategies such as the Worksite Wellness Resource Kit.

Key Points:

  • Comprehensive worksite wellness programs have a 5:1 return on investment.  For every $1 spent, the worksite will save $5 due to decreased healthcare costs, lower absenteeism and improved productivity.

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The worksite is a great venue for wellness since most adults spend the majority of their time in the worksite setting.  There are many factors that can be modified in the worksite setting that can improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

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Last Updated: June 28, 2013