Worksite Wellness


Worksite wellness refers to the education and activities that a worksite may do to promote healthy lifestyles to employees and their families. Many employers are turning to worksite wellness programs to help employees adopt healthier lifestyles and lower their risk of developing chronic disease.

Worksite wellness programs benefit employers by: 

  • Decreasing health care costs;
  • Reducing absenteeism;
  • Increasing productivity;
  • Decreasing workers' compensation and disability claims;
  • Improving morale and retention of valued staff.
 Some examples of wellness education and activities include:
  • Promoting physical activity breaks, stair usage and walking groups.
  • Becoming a tobacco-free worksite.
  • Allowing flexible work schedules to give employees time to exercise.
  • Providing tobacco cessation benefits to your employees.
  • Offering fitness classes and equipment on-site.
  • Offering healthy foods and beverages at meetings, in cafeterias and in vending machines.
  • Promoting free and low-cost recreation activities.
  • Promoting farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs.
  • Providing private rooms and flexible scheduling for breast feeding, milk pumping and on-site refrigerated storage.
  • Promoting the Washington State Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800- QUIT-NOW or online at www.quitline.com.
Employer Resources:

Worksite Wellness Toolkit - If you would like to view individual sections of the toolkit, click the links below.
Other Worksite Wellness Resources:

National Healthy Worksite Program's Pierce County Worksite Health Community Resource Guide
The guide provides resources to help implement free and low-cost worksite health programs for small to medium-sized employers. It was developed as part of the National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP). NHWP assists employers in implementing science and practice-based prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates.

Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)
WELCOA offers a step-by-step blueprint to help employers design and implement worksite wellness programs, and also recognizes excellence in worksite health promotions via its prestigious awards program.

Partnership for Prevention
Two useful publications for employers, "Leading by Example: The Value of Worksite Health Promotion to Small and Medium-Sized Employers," and "Leading by Example: Creating Healthy Communities through Corporate Engagement."

The Worksite Wellness Resource Kit
The Worksite Wellness Resource Kit outlines the importance of worksite wellness programs, example program strategies, policies and environmental approaches, resources and assessment tools.

Community Prevention Services
The Community Guide - A guide to community prevention services. Worksite policies and programs that may help employees reduce health risks and improve their quality of life.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides information about the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding needs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
"The CDC Guide to Fruit & Vegetable-Strategies to Increase Access, Availability and Consumption" is a guide to assist in reducing the barriers employees may have in accessing healthy fruits and vegetables.

CDC's LEAN Works! A free resource for worksites from CDC