Why Worksite Wellness?

In addition to helping improve the health of employees, a comprehensive and well-run wellness program can:

  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Improve productivity
  • Control health care costs
  • Reduce injuries
  • Improve employee morale

Since employees average 45* hours per week at work, employers play a major role in influencing healthful decisions. And, while it is difficult to put an exact cost to a successful wellness program, recent studies have shown that workplace wellness programs typically yield an ROI in excess of $3 for every $1 spent. Two reports available in the resource section will provide more information on ROI.

Chronic diseases (such as heart disease and diabetes) are largely preventable through healthy lifestyles and preventive services. In 2011, the latest figures available, 55% of all Missouri deaths were a result of chronic disease (cancer, heart attack, diabetes and stroke). The Department of Health is committed to being an active partner in helping Local Public Health Agencies create a successful culture of wellness.

How do I implement a wellness program?

The Wellness Council of America recommends you take these steps to build a wellness program:

  • Obtain management support
  • Create a team
  • Collect data
  • Create an operating plan
  • Choose interventions
  • Create a supportive environment

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The WorkWell Missouri Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for developing a well-organized worksite wellness committee. This toolkit developed by the University of Missouri Extension provides step-by-step instructions for developing and planning a wellness program that supports healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco cessation and stress management.

Additional Resources

Do you have Lactation Support for your employees? Apply for recognition with the Missouri “Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program”

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*Source - National Sleep Foundation