Healthy Work Environments Important to Community Health

Americans spend a lot of time at work. On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. With more than 139 million workers in the United States, the workplace is an important part of the built environment that offers abundant opportunities to promote individual health and improve quality of life. When striving for a healthier population, considering the work environment is paramount. Employee wellness programs do just that.

Employee wellness programs have enormous benefits, including reduced healthcare costs, increased productivity, and healthier employees. With those benefits in mind, it is clear why a community’s commitment to health and fitness benefits both the employer and the employee. An employee wellness program may include:

  • Healthier vending machines throughout the workplace
  • Discounts at community centers that offer physical fitness programs, or onsite fitness facilities
  • Smoking cessation support groups
  • Friendly weight loss competition between workers
  • Lunch-time walking groups
  • Bike-to-work subsidies

Does your workplace offer employees options for getting and staying healthy? Share your thoughts with us here! 

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