Worksite Wellness Programs

people around a table meeting Rising healthcare costs are a significant concern. An investment in employee health will create a healthier workforce and reduce future increases in health insurance costs.

A worksite wellness program can raise awareness so employees with fewer risk factors remain in a lower-cost group. A program can also encourage employees with health risk factors to make lifestyle changes to improve their quality of life and lower costs.

Worksite wellness programs can produce gains for the organization, such as reduced healthcare costs, an increase in productivity and enhanced image for the organization. Wellness programs can also increase job performance by boosting energy levels, improving individual and group morale, and instilling a feeling of belonging. All of these benefits translate into cost savings for your company.

WORKSITE SERVICES

Wellness Screenings
Providing screenings and education are an excellent way to promote prevention and increase access to care for your employees. Screening provides an opportunity for early identification of a health problem before symptoms occur. Education can alert individuals to a risk factor in time to seek medical attention. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan provides wellness screening services, including:

› Blood Pressure/Pulse
› Blood Tests: Total Cholesterol, HDL, Glucose
› Height, Weight, BMI

Employees receive immediate results and individualized wellness counseling and education. The business will receive an organizational profile with aggregate health screening data if over 50 employees are screened.

Nutrition Education
A Registered Dietician (RD) is available for employee educational seminars to discuss Nutrition topics, such as: "Bringing the food label to life", "Whole grains", "Planning meals on a budget", "Nutrition's latest topics", "Healthier alternatives for the holidays" and more.

Influenza Vaccine Clinics Offering the flu vaccine can be an important aspect of an employee wellness program. Companies that support wellness and healthy decisions have a greater percentage of employees at work every day, because healthier employees miss less work. If you are interested in scheduling the Health Department to provide the flu vaccine at your worksite, call (800) 432-4121.

Freedom from Smoking (FFS)
FFS utilizes a highly structured and comprehensive behavior modification approach to smoking cessation in a group setting. FFS is based on the premise that smoking is a learned behavior. The eight-session format provides for tracking personal habits, developing coping strategies and practice in a supportive environment with others who are experiencing the same feelings and challenges. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has a trained Freedom From Smoking facilitator, and classes can be coordinated with the American Lung Association upon request.

OTHER SERVICES

› Creation of a smoke-free workplace
› Worksite Wellness Program Consultation
› Assistance with administering and evaluating Health Risk Appraisal (HRA)
› Information on Health Department of Northwest Michigan programs and services
› Pamphlets/brochures on health top

If there are other onsite healthcare services that your workforce requires that are not listed here, please feel free to contact us. In addition, these services can be customized to meet the individual needs of your company. For more information, contact our Wellness Coordinator at (231) 347-5832.