Current practices in worksite wellness initiatives
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      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports efforts nationwide to reduce the risk factors associated with childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke through its State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (State Public Health Actions) program. Through a federal grant, all 50 states and the District of Columbia receive funds to help prevent these chronic diseases. This program focuses on healthy environments in workplaces, schools, early childhood education facilities, and the community. It also focuses on working through health systems and communities to reduce complications from multiple chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The goal is to make healthy living easier for all Americans. Grantees of the State Public Health Actions program serve on the front lines of public health prevention efforts, exploring and testing new and innovative approaches that can provide critical insight and lessons learned to others. The goal of this document is to summarize and share information on current approaches to help other grantees working in these same areas. This document highlights efforts by six state health departments to create healthier community environments through worksite wellness initiatives. Worksite wellness programs can simultaneously improve the health of employees while also reducing health care costs for employers and improving worker productivity.1 Workplace wellness initiatives can include programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and community links that promote the health and safety of all employees. Maintaining a healthy workforce can lower direct costs, such as insurance premiums and worker compensation claims, and have a positive effect on many indirect costs, such as absenteeism and worker productivity.2-5 Worksite wellness programs can make it easier for employees to make voluntary behavior changes that improve their health. Publication date from document properties. current-practices-worksite-wellness.pdf
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