The workplace is an important setting for health protection, health promotion and disease prevention programs. On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace.
The use of effective workplace programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for American workers. To improve the health of their employees, businesses can create a wellness culture that is employee-centered; provides supportive environments where safety is ensured and health can emerge; and provides access and opportunities for their employees to engage in a variety of workplace health programs.
Worksite wellness programs strategies and initiatives that promote the health and wellbeing of employees. Examples of worksite wellness program components are:
- Health education classes – this can range from smoking cessation classes, nutrition and healthy eating classes, breathing and meditation classes
- Access to fitness facilities – these facilities can be made available at the employment site, can be discounted gym memberships
- Company policies that promote healthy behaviors, such as tobacco free campus policies
- Employee health insurance coverage for preventive health screenings
- A general healthy working environment - such as making healthy foods available and accessible through vending machines and cafeterias, encouraging use of the stairs instead of the elevators
CDC Workplace Health Promotion - https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/index.html
Tools & Resources - https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/index.html
“Since coming to the worksite wellness classes, I feel so much better! I have more energy when I leave the class, especially Zumba!
Zumba is my favorite because I love to dance, and I love the music and our instructor Condy is so energetic and encouraging that she keeps the class engaged.
I have a gym membership that I have not used for years but since coming to these classes and kicking off Grounded in Health campaign, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and go back to the gym!
I’m very grateful Public Health has a fitness instructor to help us with our fitness goals.”
-Christina Pruitt, Program Specialist II in California Children’s Services
“I love running. I have run ever since I was in high school from 2014-16 and continued to run professionally in college 2016-2020.
After high school, I developed pain in my right knee. I’ve tried different shoes, inserts, everything, but nothing really helped. I always had to use the knee brace and it would hinder my performance as a competitive athlete. In 2020 I graduated from college, moved back home and COVID-19 hit. I lost all motivation to continue running or even go to the gym.
In February of 2021 I found a local running group and slowly increased my mileage/speed, but the knee pain continued. I then started working at Public Health in March 2022. When I found out there was an inhouse gym and a fitness trainer I was super excited. I then started going to the circuit trainings and let me tell you, it has honestly been great for me. I have seen so many results and I am so happy that I get to train 5/7 days a week on my runs and do weight training 2x a week.
On March 26th, 2023, I competed in the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and placed 3rd in my age division. I felt no pain- not during the race or after. I think it was because of the exercises our fitness instructor taught me during class. It has made a great impact on my body and mind.
Thank you for always pushing us to do our best.”
-Doris Reyes, Health Educator
“I recently got some health news that made me change my habits. I was told that my blood pressure was way too high, and I’m pre diabetic. I started our Worksite Wellness classes in February, and I’ve noticed my pants and my shoes have been fitting me lose. I also started eating healthier, along with the work outs. I have noticed more energy at home/weekends with my girls.
My starting weight was 255 lbs. and I am now down to 236.5 and I have lost inches off my body.
I would like to thank our fitness instructor Condy so much for all her encouraging words, and inspiration.”
~Corina Ruiz, Office Services Technician
“I started working for Public Health in December. Before I came to Public Health, I had borderline high blood pressure. As of today my blood pressure has returned to normal and I feel so much better! I love the exercise classes and will continue to attend as long as they are available. Also, I enjoy the encouragement from our fitness instructor Condy each day!”
-Michelle McFarland, Contract Administrator