Starting a Wellness Program – For Employees
Maintaining your individual health is only one part of creating a healthy work environment. Here you’ll find information to help guide you in your efforts to create a healthy atmosphere for you and your coworkers.
Encouraging Your Employer to Start a Wellness Program
This is the first step in creating an all around healthy work environment. Recently, more employers see the value of promoting and supporting the health of their employees. Partnership for Prevention, a nonprofit organization, has released a sourcebook called “Healthy Workforce 2010”. This sourcebook is an excellent resource containing information on:
- Benefits of wellness programs
- Suggestions on where to begin
- Tools like surveys and evaluation forms
These resources are for both employers and employees to guide the development and assess the effectiveness of their new wellness program. Offer it to your employer as a place to begin or read it yourself and present your ideas.
Participating in Your Worksite Wellness Program
Once you have an onsite worksite wellness program established, participating fully in all aspects of the program is important. Many of us know that we need to more actively engage in health promotion and wellness efforts to improve our health, yet have difficulty finding and taking the time to do so. These simple steps can jumpstart your participation in a wellness program:
- Examine the offerings that interest you and that you need for health improvement.
- Schedule time to go to the presentation or service.
- Actively following through with recommendations from the program.
Make a decision now to improve your health. You will feel better today, tomorrow and the next day for actively moving towards wellness.
Here is a list of potential wellness programs that might be available to you at work:
- ergonomic evaluations and training classes
- lactation rooms and classes
- prenatal education
- quiet rooms for relaxation
- stress management programs
- fitness facilities
- massage therapy
- nutrition education
- onsite primary health care services
- child care facility or resources and referral service
- tobacco cessation programs
- parenting classes
- elder care resource and referral service
- cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose screening programs
- flu vaccination
- weight management programs
- health care consumerism programs
- employee assistance program
- lifestyle coaching
- mobile mammography
- holistic health education sessions
- financial fitness
Hope Through Research – You Can Be Part of the Answer!
Many research studies are underway to help us learn about worksite health. Would you like to find out more about being part of this exciting research? Please visit the following links:
Other NetWellness features about Worksite Health:
- Introduction to Worksite Health
- How Healthy Are You?
- How Healthy Is Your Worksite?
- Managing Your Health at Work
For more information:
Go to the Worksite Health health topic.