2 Year Objective

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By March 2017, develop and obtain Healthy Active Arkansas Board approval for a comprehensive survey for businesses regarding their worksite wellness programs and policies.

2 Year Objective

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By July 2017, collaborate with Chambers of Commerce to administer a comprehensive survey of worksite wellness programs and policies to businesses in Arkansas.

2 Year Objective

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By May 2017, develop health assessment criteria for a worksite wellness recognition award.


Establish Wellness Programs

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Help employers establish effective wellness programs for their worksites.

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

Reduce Health Care Costs

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

Action Steps
  • Measure the level of obesity-related chronic conditions at worksites.
  • Educate employees on chronic conditions, prevention and treatment options.
  • Implement worksite wellness policies or formal written agreements to decrease obesity-related chronic conditions.
  • Encourage individual employers to adopt Food Service Guidelines for Federal Facilities.
  • Provide employers with model policies around other wellness topics.

Promote ROI

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

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

Increase Worksite Wellness Programs

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

Action Steps
  • Establish statewide healthy employer recognition system.
  • Develop a web-based tracking system to collect and share aggregate employer and employee wellness participation data.
  • Utilize 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.