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The benefits of a worksite wellness program are becoming increasingly evident as more businesses understand the value of a healthy workforce. Healthy employees are more productive, miss less work and have lower healthcare costs. That is why it's important for businesses, no matter how large or small, to invest in their most important asset - their employees.
A few key elements of a worksite wellness program include:
Health Risk Assessment - A health risk assessment is beneficial in identifying specific health risks among employees and gauging interest in specific activities. This can help employers create a program most closely suited to their needs and the needs of their employees.
Tobacco Cessation Programs - Creating a tobacco-free workplace creates a healthier environment for your employees and customers. Learn more about becoming a tobacco-free workplace.
Exercise/Fitness Programs - Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve or maintain health and can increase employee engagement, help retain employees and alleviate high healthcare costs.
A successful worksite wellness program leads, motivates and supports employees in their efforts to be healthy. This is important in establishing and maintaining employee engagement and for positive long-term results. At Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, we've learned a lot about what works in creating and implementing a successful worksite wellness program. Through this experience, we've developed our Healthy Workplace initiative that is helping businesses around the state create healthier working environments. This includes educating and engaging businesses on the benefits of healthy employees and how it translates to a healthier bottom line. You can learn more about key elements of a successful worksite wellness program in the Healthy Workplace section of our website.
Worksite wellness initiatives can be as simple as offering healthy vending machine options to employees, or offering ideas for healthy snacks. We've even included menus for catering healthy lunches onsite! Learn more about inexpensive ways you can promote nutrition and worksite wellness activities at your business.