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    Worksite Wellness

    Why Worksite Wellness? Why not Worksite Wellness. This is a question that is asked on a daily basis. The answer is obvious. We as Americans are an unhealthy group of people. The leading causes of death are listed as heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc. However, the leading causes of death in the United States are risk factors that can be modified. These risk factors include; smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity that can be modified to better your health.

    Why do chronic diseases and obesity flourish in the United States? We have moved into a fast-paced society with fast food, vending machines, snack bars, computers, and the use of tobacco. Americans need to live a healthier lifestyle where they work live and play.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states; “the United States is facing an unparalleled health epidemic, driven mostly by chronic disease that are threatening American businesses competitiveness because of loss productivity and unsustainable health care costs.” Chronic diseases are the most common and costly of all health problems, adopting healthy lifestyle can help prevent them. Worksites are starting to implement worksite wellness programs to help their employees adopt healthier lifestyles.

    Below are some examples of resources and tools to help your business address tobacco in your worksite. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

    Toolkits: Interested in learning how to start a worksite wellness program or implementing tobacco programs within your worksite? Check these resources out.

    Policies for Tobacco Free Worksites: Workplace policies define a company's responsibilities and obligations to its employees and customers. Check out the example of tobacco policy resources.

    Hiring of Non-Smokers: Many employers have implemented a tobacco free campus and now want to take it even further to reduce healthcare costs. Here are two articles implementing the hiring of non-smokers.

    Other resources: promotional campaigns, pledge cards, why employers care and creating healthy messages that lead to cessation.

    • Why Employers Should Care. Addressing tobacco use is an area in which employers can make a positive impact on the health of their employees and the health of their organization
    • A promotional campaign could be implemented over a 6- or 12-month period. Ideas of messages and ways to communicate with employees about policy change.
    • This tool can be used for guidance in creating health messages that are most likely to lead to cessation. Perceptions that facilitate quit attempts and illustrations of messages that can be used to positively influence participants’ perceptions of risk and barriers to quitting.
    • Pledge cards to be given to employees that smoke and cards of empathy from employees who say they will quit.

    Friendly Worksite Wellness Links

    Welcoa - Wellness Council of America

    Wellness Proposals - A good resource for employers to use for employee newsletters and developing posters for breakrooms, etc.

    Workwell Kansas - Engaging leaders and businesses in Kansas to support health and healthy worksites.

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