Workplace Wellness kick-off meeting planned – Crow River Media

Posted: April 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Health Communities is planning a Workplace Wellness Consortium kick-off meeting in Litchfield.

People encouraged to attend are business owners, employers, human resources professionals, community organizations, schools, faith communities, healthcare facility employees, and wellness professionals.

The meeting will be April 20 at Bonfire Bar and Grill, 16818 Minnesota Highway 22, south of Litchfield. There will be a breakfast/networking time from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The meeting runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Health Communities, along with Hutchinson Health, Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Meeker Memorial Hospital, and the Minnesota Department of Health sponsored two Workplace Wellness town hall meetings in December in Hutchinson and Litchfield.

Minnesota employers are recognizing the value of workplace wellness, as they support employees choices when it comes to good nutrition, exercise, and improving their overall health, according to Holly Glaubitz, worksite wellness coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health.

We know employees are at the worksite most of the day. So, we work with worksites to help create healthy environments, so the healthy choice is the preferred and easy choice at the worksite, Glaubitz said at the Workplace Wellness meeting in Litchfield.

When businesses take an active approach toward worksite wellness, we know there can be better job performance, higher employer engagement, Glaubitz said.

Workplace health programs can consist of activities such as health education and coaching, weight management programs, medical screenings, on-site fitness programs, and more.

Workplace health programs also include policies intended to facilitate employee health, including allowing time for exercise, providing on-site kitchens and eating areas, offering healthful food options in vending machines, holding walk and talk meetings, and offering incentives for participation.

The Hutchinson and Litchfield Workplace Wellness meetings served as a springboard for area businesses, providing ideas on how to identify ways to achieve and sustain wellness initiatives at a business and in a community.

When we come together ... were able to share our successes and able to tackle some of the barriers together, said Pam Bagley, coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Program in Meeker, McLeod and Sibley counties.

The Workplace Wellness Consortium is an ongoing series of gatherings that welcomespeople to:

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