Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CDC Worksite Wellness Scorecard Helps Employers Sustain Employee Health Programs

To curb rising health care costs and improve employee health, many employers are turning to workplace health programs to make changes in the worksite environment, help employees adopt healthier lifestyles and, in the process, lower their risk of developing costly chronic diseases. The approach that has proven most effective is to implement an evidence-based comprehensive health promotion program that includes individual risk reduction programs, coupled with environmental supports for healthy behaviors and is coordinated and integrated with other wellness activities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a Worksite Health ScoreCard to help employers determine the health of their workplaces and the effectiveness of their worksite wellness programs.

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