2013 Wisconsin Act 137 - Workplace Wellness Grant Program - New legislation was enacted in March 2014 to provide grants to small businesses that create workplace wellness programs. Key aspects of the law:
Act 137 appropriates $3 million per year for grants to reimburse workplaces with wellness programs.
No grants may be awarded after December 31, 2018.
A “wellness program” is defined in the law and includes specific components.
Only small businesses (50 or fewer employees) establishing workplace wellness programs are eligible for the grant.
The grant pays for 30% of wellness program costs for one year, and each workplace can only apply once.
The Department of Health Services must promulgate administrative rules to create an application process that includes an itemized expenditure form to report costs. The new rule will be designated as DHS 150.
The expected timeline for the permanent rules to become effective is late 2015.
This website will provide more information when it becomes available.
Current Status of the Rule: The draft rule was approved by the Governor's Office in Mid-May. It will now be scheduled for legislative review. Projected implementation should be in the Summer of 2015.
Go to the State Administrative Rules page for more information about the rule and its current status.
Small Business Worksite Wellness Strategies (PDF, 145 KB) - This six-page document summarizes strategies in the worksite kit for low-resource, low-cost options that might best suit smaller businesses.
Listed below are information and references to address physical activity and nutrition in the worksite setting. Material is grouped by:
See what's in the 2013-2018 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan for Worksites.
The Worksite Wellness Resource Kit (rev. Dec. 2010) - A tool to assist worksites with implementing strategies that have been proven to be effective. The kit walks you through the process of developing a worksite wellness program.
Governor's Worksite Wellness Award - Apply for the Governor's Worksite Wellness Award and see if your worksite can be an award winner.
What Works in Worksites (PDF, 480 KB) - A two-page summary of evidence-based and promising strategies that focus on helping people eat healthier and be more active in the workplace.
Online Campaigns (PDF, 35 KB) - A listing of free or low-cost online physical activity and nutrition campaigns and other helpful information.
WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) - Look to the WELCOA website for free resources and other helpful information. Visit the Wisconsin WELCOA site for its annual conference, other training opportunities and membership information.
CDC Workplace Health Promotion - The CDC website offers a variety of resources to employers including:
- An obesity cost-calculator where employers can input employee demographic data to estimate the total costs associated with obesity and determine annual obesity-related medical costs for their companies.
- Information and resources to help employers plan, build, promote, and assess interventions to combat obesity.
- Information on how employers can estimate return on investment, a measure of the cost of an intervention compared to the expected financial return of the intervention.
Healthy Worksite Initiative - This website was designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a resource for Worksite Health Promotion program planners in various settings. Here you will find samples, information, resources, and step-by-step toolkits to help you improve the health of your employees.
Worksite Breastfeeding Resources and Requirements
USDA and WIC have compiled a list of resources to support nursing mothers in the workplace. This site contains information on the federal 'Break Time for Nursing Mothers' provision, resources for both employers and employees, and suggestions for how to develop workplace lactation support programs.
The United States Breastfeeding Committee has created an online guide: What You Need to Know About the 'Break Time for Nursing Mothers' Law. The guide compiles resources in an easy-to-understand format to ensure mothers and employers have the information they need to make working and breastfeeding a success.
If you are looking for help in using the Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Resource Kit, you can check for Regional Trainers to help at individual worksites or contact Jon Morgan if you want to hold a workshop training for a large number of worksites.
Regional workshops are held regularly. Learn more about these workshops or view a webcast of the June 10, 2009 workshop.
Workshop Summary (PDF, 69 KB) - A summary of the evaluations from the workshops and some possible next steps.
Worksite Wellness Pilot Programs - A summary of pilot work done in multiple worksites is available in the Healthier Wisconsin Worksite Initiative - 2007 Summary Report (PDF, 17 KB). Two accompanying documents that list general information on the strategies piloted in local communities are posted below. These pilot initiatives were funded by a Healthy Lifestyles (Cancer) grant (PDF, 17 KB) and a Healthier Wisconsin Worksite Initiative (National Governor's Association) grant (PDF, 31 KB).