BE WELL: Worksites

Many adults spend the better part of their day at work, so creating or improving healthy options in the workplace is critical to improving health in our community. Additionally, employers that offer a worksite wellness policy or program save money through lower insurance costs, increased productivity, and decreased absenteeism.

BE WELL @ WORK partners with local worksites to surround employees with healthy options.

We do this by focusing on the following elements which become the backbone of a comprehensive and sustainable worksite wellness program:

Foundational Elements

Leadership support is the cornerstone. The other elements create a strong foundation.
* Leadership Support
* Wellness Committee (staffing)
* Organizational Assessment (see Assessment Tools below)
* Understanding of Best Practices
* Wellness Brand/Logo and Vision Statement
Announcement Templates:
Branding Contest
Collect Input for Vision Statement
* Budget
Staffing and Financial Implications
* Written Goals and Measurable Work Plan (see Implementation Tools below)
* Communications Plan
* Employee Engagement Plan
Template: Worksite Wellness Survey

Assessment Tools

* Foundational Elements
* Healthy Eating at Work
* Breastfeeding Support
* Active Workplace
* Tobacco
* Stress Management
* CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard

Implementation Tools

* Work Plan Form
Writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals guide
Funding Request form
Funding Reimbursement form

Summary of Best Practices

Healthy foods are more available and less expensive than unhealthy foods.
* Healthy Eating Policy and Guidelines
* Healthy Vending
* Healthy Snack Stations
* Healthy Cafeteria Options
* Healthy Catering (meetings / events)
* Healthy Eating Learning Opportunities
* Healthy Beverages
* Other Healthy Eating Support
Employees who are breastfeeding are supported in their efforts to give their baby the best start!
* Create a Designated and Supportive Mother's Room
* Enact Policies and Practices to Support Mothers
* Educate Managers about How to Support Mothers
* Educate Decision Makers on the Business Case / ROI
* Share Local Support Resources with Mothers
* Apply for Recognition as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
Time and places for physical activity.
* Support Opportunities for Physical Activity (such as encouraging walking meetings, mapping walking routes, or supporting active breaks)
* Create Places for Indoor and Outdoor Activity (such as bicycle racks, bicycle library, standing or treadmill work stations)
    * Apply for Recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Business
* Flexible Scheduling and Dress Code (as able)
* Physical Activity Policy or Guidelines
* Physical Activity Learning Opportunities
* Other Physical Activity Support
Tobacco-free buildings, grounds and company vehicles
* Cessation Support and Learning Opportunities
* Tobacco Quit Medications Benefit
* Tobacco-free Grounds Policy (including enforcement procedures)
* Signage
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For more information
To learn more about what BE WELL is doing in Blue Earth County, including how to partner with us in making our communities healthier places to live, feel free to contact us.
Kristen Friedrichs, MA
(507) 304-4411

Gretchen Mauerman
(507) 304-4450
To learn more about what SHIP is doing in the rest of Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health SHIP webpage.