Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Worksite Initiatives

Workplace Wellness Grants for Small Business

Grant Information

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. For more detailed information about the grant program and how to apply, select the Grant Application link on the right.

Small Business Worksite Wellness Strategies P-00639 (PDF) - This six-page document summarizes strategies in the work site 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:

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See what's in the 2013-2018 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan for Worksites.




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The Worksite Wellness Resource Kit (rev. March 2018) - A tool to assist work sites with implementing strategies that have been proven effective. The kit walks you through the process of developing a worksite wellness program.



Worksite Walking Campaign Tools. These communication tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be used to encourage employees to be physically active and walk more. Employees benefit from seeing positive messages and information that encourage them to participate in a walking program. The tools include flyers, e-blasts, a pocket guide, sample texts for mobile applications, and 9 E-cards for employees to share.

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Governor's Worksite Wellness Award - Apply for the Governor's Worksite Wellness Award and see if your work site can be an award winner.


What Works in Worksites P-40133 (PDF) - 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) - 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.

Office on Women’s Health site on employer solutions to supporting nursing moms at work.

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Case Studies


Worksite Wellness Pilot Programs - A summary of pilot work done in multiple worksites is available in the two accompanying documents that list general information on the strategies piloted in local communities. These pilot initiatives were funded by a Healthy Lifestyles (Cancer) grant (PDF) and a Healthier Wisconsin Worksite Initiative (National Governor's Association) grant (PDF).

Last Revised: July 17, 2018