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Set Goals, Timeline, Budget

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Effective worksite wellness programs are based on sound data, specific goals, a realistic timeline and a fair budget. Goals should take into account the employee and workplace data you collected and specify what you want to accomplish. Make sure your program’s goals are SMART-Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time specific.

Here are some examples of possible diabetes related goals to think about:

  • Develop supportive policies that allow employees with diabetes to management their disease. For example, Employees will be able to test blood glucose values as needed.  Blood testing supplies and equipment may be kept at workstations and adequate time and an appropriate environment that is clean and provides for disposal of medical waste will be provided.
  • Provide supportive infrastructures that facilitate the ability for employees to engage in healthy behaviors associated with diabetes prevention and management. For example, Areas for blood testing, time for exercise breaks, healthy options in vending machines and cafeteria as well as at meetings and events will be provided.
  • Provide education sessions and nutrition and activity resources and activities for all employees to adopt healthier lifestyles that reduce risk for chronic disease. For example, Diabetes screening and information will be offered each March as part of the American Diabetes Alert.
  • Coordinate workplace wellness efforts that are efficient and measurable. For example, Free materials from the CDC and NDEP will be used in the wellness program and collaboration with local health care providers will be used to provide presentations and resources for employees.  Data on number of participants, participant satisfaction and impact on health outcomes will be tracked annually.
  • Advocate for high-quality medical care for employees with or at risk for diabetes. For example, The ADA Standards of Care will be reviewed annually and recommendations made to senior management regarding health care coverage improvements  for persons with diabetes.
  • After you decide what you want to accomplish, determine a timeline for program launch and activities, then itemize projected costs.

Aids & Tools

Know More

  1. The CDC offers the Healthier Worksite Initiative to help businesses plan and implement worksite wellness.
  2. Learn more about worksite wellness and safety from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  3. The Centers for Disease Control also has resources within the Total Worker Health Initiative.
  4. The Workplace Health Promotion from CDC also provides additional resources.

Ask More

  1. I have no budget and very little time to implement worksite wellness activities? What are some low cost activities that I can do?
    There are simple no cost activities you can do that will raise awareness of the risks for diabetes and how to improve diabetes outcomes.  Consider implementing the Diabetes Alert in March and National Diabetes Month activities. The Workplace Health Promotion website also has links to resources that are free to the public and easy to implement such as the Million Hearts Campaign and Overweight & Obesity webpage.
  2. How can I maximize my wellness dollars? It seems there are a lot of overlapping issues for several chronic conditions such as healthy eating, active living and compliance with medical advice.
    Focus on the lifestyle issues most associated with many chronic diseases.  These include
    • attain and maintain a healthy weight
    • develop an active lifestyle
    • manage stress
    • stop tobacco use
  3. Are there examples of worksite wellness programs for various size companies?
    Check out the resources in The Right Fit section of the Diabetes at Work website.  
  4. Diabetes is only one of the diseases that affect our workforce. What one or two things should I aim to achieve in relation to diabetes to help our workers?
    Helping employees manage a healthy weight and develop an active lifestyle will reduce risk and complications for many chronic and costly diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  CDC Overweight & Obesity webpage offers guidance and materials to get started. 
  5. We are just starting our wellness program. What should can we do first?
    The first step is to gather information about what your employees want and need from a wellness program.  
  6. Our workforce is very diverse. Are materials available in other languages?
    The National Diabetes Education Program provides materials in a variety of languages. 

Do More

  1. Establish SMART goals for your worksite wellness program.
  2. Develop a budget for your wellness program and diabetes prevention and management activities.
  3. Develop a timeline for your wellness program and diabetes prevention and management activities.