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National Healthy Worksite Program Benefits

In October 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began the National HealthyWorksite Program (NHWP). The NHWP is designed to assist employers in implementing science and practice-based prevention and health promotion strategies that will lead to specific, measureable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. The program seeks to promote good health through prevention, to reduce chronic illness and disability, and to improve productivity outcomes that contribute to employers’ competitiveness.

Participating employers will be selected from seven local sites across the country. The NHWP communities are Somerset County, ME (Skowhegan); Shelby County, TN (Memphis); Marion County, IN (Indianapolis); Harris County, TX (Houston); Buchanan County, MO (St. Joseph); Kern County, CA(Bakersfield); Pierce County, WA (Tacoma); and Philadelphia County, PA (Philadelphia). Up to fifteen employers from each of these communities will be selected to participate in the NHWP. All program and implementation support to participating employers will be provided by Viridian Health Management over a two-year period.

How Will Employers Benefit?

Employers who are selected to participate in the NHWP will receive a variety of benefits from the program, including:

  • A complete health and safety assessment of their organization to define existing needs, interests and the capacity of their worksite for a health and safety program
  • A three-year worksite health improvement plan tailored to their organization’s needs and interests
  • A full-scale program administered by experienced health promotion professionals who have a track-record of getting results
  • Training to build their knowledge, skill and capacity to maintain and enhance their program
  • Management of the program will gradually be transferred to the employer as they gain skill and capacity
  • Aggregate reports on the health of their participating employees*, in addition to regular progress updates on the program’s development will be shared with leadership
  • Data analysis to validate their worksite health improvement
  • Availability of health education materials
  • Access to national worksite health promotion and safety experts for consultation
  • An opportunity to be a role model and leader in their community
  • An on-going opportunity to expand their network by linking to and partnering with other employers and organizations with a focus on health in their community
  • A safer work environment at the end of the two-year program
  • Recognition as a National Healthy Worksite
  • Most importantly, a functioning high quality workplace health program that enables employees to lead healthier lifestyles and can result in higher productivity and lower absenteeism for the organization

*Viridian Health Management will have access to individual employee data for follow up and health coaching. Individual employee data are private and will be maintained in a secure manner, and will not be shared with CDC or the employer. Group (summary/aggregate) statistics may be used for reporting. Individual information or responses will not be disclosed unless compelled by law.

How will Employees Benefit?

Employees who take advantage of their employers’ participation in the NHWP will benefit substantially from the program. Among the benefits they will get:

  • A confidential health risk assessment and biometric screenings
  • Individual, confidential health and safety risk reports
  • Tailored individual health plans, with specific health improvement goals
  • Opportunities and access to participate in worksite health programs during the work day
  • Assistance and support to be physically active, improve diet or eat healthy and stop using tobacco
  • In-person or telephonic coaching by health professionals available to all interested employees
  • Peer and social support in making and maintaining lifestyle changes
  • Use of a wide variety of health education materials covering a number of health topics
  • An opportunity to be a member of the employer’s healthy worksite committee or serve as a program champion and provide leadership in the development of their employer’s worksite health program
  • A safer work environment at the end of the two-year program
  • Most importantly, opportunities to make and sustain health improvements