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    Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Working on Wellness Program

    Learn how you can start a worksite wellness program today.

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    Mass in Motion Worksite Wellness

    Get toolkits and other worksite wellness resources.

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    Massachusetts Small Business Wellness Tax Credit

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Because we spend so much time at work, it can have a big impact on our health. So it's important that both employees and employers take steps to create an environment that promotes health and well-being. Although employees are always in control of their own choices to improve health, their efforts can be improved when employers create a culture of wellness by implementing policies and providing services that support employees’ efforts towards a healthy lifestyle. When employees and employers work together to create healthier worksites, people can get healthier and be happier and more productive at work.

Why Worksite Wellness?

41.2% of Massachusetts adults over age 35 have one or more of the following conditions: asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and stroke.* These conditions not only drive up the costs of healthcare plans, but they also cause many employees to miss work. Worksite wellness programs can help reduce chronic disease risk and lower health care costs. Other key benefits include:

  • Improved employee health
  • Higher employee productivity
  • Improved employee morale and job satisfaction
  • Reduced sick leave and absenteeism
  • Reduced costs for workers’ compensation
  • A nearly $6 to $1 return on investment

What is a Worksite Wellness Program?

Worksite wellness programs are a comprehensive set of activities, programs and policies that are implemented by worksites to promote employee health and well-being. To be comprehensive the program must be made available to all employees and include: a plan for the program, assessment of employee needs and interests, awareness and education programs, behavior change programs, and worksite policies and practices that enhance the health and wellness of their employees.

Interested in Starting a Worksite Wellness Program?

This information is provided by the Division of Prevention and Wellness within the Department of Public Health.