Benefits Administration Manual - Worksite Wellness Program
1301. General Information
Governor Pete Wilson signed Executive Order W-119-95
on April 4, 1995. The Order recognizes that the physical and mental well being of the State work force can be improved through work site health promotion focusing on preventative medicine, exercise, nutrition, stress management, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol avoidance, and accident prevention. The order acknowledges that a healthier work force can result in higher quality work, improved morale and productivity, reduced absenteeism, and lower healthcare and workers' compensation costs. It states that each State department shall dedicate resources to coordinate a wellness program or arrange to cooperate with other departments in their agency or their geographic proximity for program coordination.
The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has been charged with developing a core program to serve as the central clearinghouse of health and fitness promotion and illness prevention information statewide.
Each state department is responsible for implementing an employee wellness program at their worksite utilizing exisitng funds, resources, and support.
1302. HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR WORKPLACE
Find out how “wellness” friendly your worksite is by identifying its strengths and areas that need improvement. Once you have this information, you and your wellness committee can recommend changes that will make the worksite more supportive of healthy behaviors. Use the initial assessment as a baseline to determine where you are at now, and then repeat the assessment in 6 months, and then the following year to gauge your progress.
1303. FORM A WELLNESS COMMITTEE
Employee involvement is vital to the success of any wellness program. A wellness committee comprised of employees at all levels will help steer the program’s direction, drive its initiatives, and determine activities.
1304. ORGANIZE A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM
Regular physical activity can lead to improved health and a better quality of life by:
- Reducing the risk of dying from coronary heart disease,
- Reducing the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and colon cancer,
- Helping to control weight, and
- Enhancing mental health by reducing feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.
Develop and implement a culture and environment at your worksite that supports healthy eating.
1306. HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS
Departments can make it easier for people to make healthy food choices by providing healthy food at meetings and other events they sponsor.
1307. VENDING MACHINE GUIDELINES
Vending choices and pricing can promote healthier purchases over high fat or low fiber choices.
1308. CAFETERIA GUIDELINES
Providing healthy options makes it easier to make healthy food choices.
1309. COORDINATOR RESOURCES
1310. FLU SHOT RESOURCES
1311. SMOKING CESSATION RESOURCES
A variety of free downloads from the California Smokers' Helpline to encourage tobacco users to quit.
1312. NATIONAL HEALTH OBSERVANCES
National Health Observances are special days, weeks, or months designed to raise public awareness about important health topics. They can serve as a springboard to help plan your monthly wellness activities around.
1313. ANNUAL STATE EMPLOYEE HEART WALK
Encouraging Employee Heart Health Promotes Wellness and Cuts Costs.
If the State of California reflects the national average, more than one in three of our employees suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, and it remains the leading cause of death in the country. Last year, treating all of our coronary heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and other conditions in the U.S. cost over $273 billion, along with the cost of lost productivity.
According to the American Heart Association, most heart disease is preventable with better diet and more exercise. By providing a variety of wellness activities, we can help reduce our employees' risk for heart disease, increase productivity and morale, and reduce health insurance costs. Get your department involved in the Annual State Employee Heart Walk and help your employees take steps toward leading an active and healthy life.
For more, contact the Program Manager at (916) 324-9398.
Additional information on the California WorksWell wellness program is available at CalHR's web site