A worksite wellness initiative, spearheaded by more than 60 local organizations, looks to recognize Will County workplaces committed to improving employee health and well-being.
The WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Program and is an innovative chronic disease reduction initiative implemented by Will County’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Collaborative. The initiative, which begins in May, seeks to recognize worksites that actively promote employee health through six main areas of worksite wellness.
To be eligible for program recognition, businesses must complete a WEWILL WorkHealthy Program application detailing wellness activities that address: health promotion/education, opportunities for physical activity, behavioral health, environmental health, nutrition, and safety.
There are five levels of recognition that businesses can earn (honorable mention, bronze, silver, gold, and innovation award). Regardless of business size, multiple ways to qualify make it possible for all to apply.
Twenty-nine percent of Will County adults are obese. Evidence shows the worksite is an ideal environment to engage individuals in practices that lead to weight loss and reduced incidents of chronic disease, worksite wellness programs can lead to a healthier community. In turn, the MAPP Chronic Care Action Team is committed to helping businesses make their worksites healthier places for their employees.
What are the benefits of becoming a WEWILL WorkHealthy business? Worksites earning WEWILL WorkHealthy awards will be recognized for their achievements in the fall of 2018. Businesses with worksite wellness programs can document reduced absenteeism, lower health care costs, increased productivity, and increased employee morale.
All businesses with employees in Will County are eligible to apply. The application will be available from May 15 until June 30, 2018. There is no application fee.
Businesses can view and complete an application at http://tinyurl.com/MAPPWWWH. Questions regarding the WEWILL WorkHealthy Award Program may be emailed to email@example.com.
MAPP, launched in Will County during August 2008, is an ongoing process designed to help communities develop and implement strategic plans that improve health and quality of life for county residents. One of MAPP’s goals is to decrease obesity and reduce chronic care illnesses in Will County.