Strategies and Action Steps

Intro to Healthy Worksites



Establish Wellness Programs

Help employers establish effective wellness programs for their worksites.

  1. Collect and use evidence-based best practices.
  2. Develop a communication plan to reach and enlist decision-makers, leaders, stakeholders and worksite champions.
  3. Advocate for tax incentives, insurance premium reductions, etc. for employers.
  4. Advocate for and implement employee incentives.

Reduce Health Care Costs

Help employers reduce the health care costs of obesity-related conditions.

  1. Measure the level of obesity-related chronic conditions at worksites.
  2. Educate employees on chronic conditions, prevention, and treatment options.
  3. Employers and insurers provide support programs for obesity related chronic conditions internally or through outreach.
  4. Implement worksite wellness policies or formal written agreements to decrease obesity-related chronic conditions.
  5. Encourage individual employers to adopt Food Service Guidelines for Federal Facilities.
  6. Provide employers with model policies around other wellness topics.

Promote ROI

Create a more effective worksite by educating employers about the business case for worksite wellness.

  1. Work to compile, analyze, and use health trend data such as medical and pharmacy costs, short and long-term disability, absenteeism, etc.
  2. Compile and share success stories from Arkansas employers that have realized a positive ROI from their worksite wellness initiatives.

Increase Worksite Wellness Programs

Increase the number of worksite wellness programs and employee participation in those programs.

  1. Establish a statewide healthy employer recognition system.
  2. Develop a web-based tracking system to collect and share aggregate employer and employee wellness participation data.
  3. Use data collected to tailor a worksite wellness program to a specific worksite guided by external vendors such as: state and local government agencies, non-profits, insurance companies, employee assistance companies and wellness vendors.

Team Objectives

Visit the Progress Tracker to learn about this Priority Area’s objectives.

The Team

The Healthy Worksites priority is led by Christina Clark of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Jackie Bracey of TRS Wellness. Their team features members from the following groups: American Heart Association, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Children’s, Baxter Regional Medical Center, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, CHI St. Vincent’s, Lung & Cancer Association, St. Bernards Healthcare, Nabholz, Arkansas Hospital Association, City of North Little Rock, and Pulaski County.

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