Company Wellness Ideas

Want some wellness program ideas and wellness policy ideas to get you started? Or maybe you want to jump start or better upon your current wellness program? The list below provides ‘best practices’ that can help meet any wellness program budget! The Company Wellness  ideas are divided into topic areas.

General Wellness Progam Ideas

• Administer an Employee Needs & Interest Survey
• Establish a Company Wellness  Committee
• Identify medical plans that cover costs for weight management and smoking cessation
• Waive co-pay or reimburse for preventive medical care visits
• Put up pamphlets on a variety of wellness topics for workers to take
• Establish a wellness resource center or library with videos, books, magazines, DVD’s on a variety of topics of interest to workers
• Identify workers who are mentors or champions for healthy activities and ask them to present or to list as a contact for other workers
• Establish and encourage periodic or regular educational sessions.
• Establish monthly educational sessions on the national health observance topic
• Display a Wellness Bulletin Board & update it monthly
• Display messages from national health observances during the month
• Provide healthy tips in newsletters, paycheck stuffers, bulletin boards, etc.
• Develop a benefits fair
• Develop company fitness and healthy eating challenges
• Develop company wellness fairs or other onsite activities

Nutrition Programs

• Provide free, healthy snacks for workers (fruit, nuts, popcorn)
• Provide healthy meal choices in cafeterias and at company activities
• Provide information to workers about the nutritional content of food served in the cafeteria
• Establish a fresh fruit “snack basket” in the breakroom or cafeteria
• Stock vending machines with healthier options
• Partially fund healthy foods in the cafeteria or vending machines (10¢ apples may be more appealing than $1.00 candy bars)
• Create a weekly or monthly healthy lunch club
• Have pamphlets available on a variety of healthy eating topics
• Include nutrition articles in company newsletters
• Provide a healthy meal tasting contest Free
• Provide educational sessions at lunchtime-time on a variety of nutrition topics of interest
• Develop an employee healthy food cookbook. Either sell the cookbook and use profits for programs, or purchase a cookbook for all workers

Weight Loss Programs / Weight Management Programs

• Provide flexible work schedules so that workers can take part in weight-loss programs
• Partially fund registration costs for weight-management programs
• Provide a support group to help workers who are trying to lose weight
• Locate registered dieticians near your workplace as a resource for workers who want information on healthy eating, meal planning or weight management
• Provide individual counseling for workers trying to lose weight
• Provide worksite fitness and weight-management programs through your local hospital, Weight Watchers, TOPS or local, registered dietician
• Provide an educational session on diet myths and healthy eating

Physical Activity Programs

• Offer flexible work schedules to encourage physical activity
• Establish a fitness space with aerobic equipment, and weights
• Establish accessible walking paths, trails, and/or bike routes
• Urge workers to walk more by parking farther away from the entrance
• Establish a fitness center with aerobic equipment, weights, aerobic classes, fitness professionals
• Have walking meetings
• Make the stairways more appealing (carpet, fresh paint, artwork, posters)
• Provide reduced fitness center membership fees to all workers
• Provide facilities for workers to secure bikes
• Provide 5 – 10 minute stretch breaks during the day
• Partially fund fitness center membership for workers who take part a minimal number of days per week (ex., 3 days per week)
• Support lunchtime walking/running clubs or company sports team
• Urge stairwell use and incentives/rewards
• Install a basketball hoop outside
• Urge & support community walks or fitness activities
• Urge walking during breaks and other off-time periods
• Provide periodic fitness incentive programs to encourage physical activity
• Provide educational sessions on fitness activities

Smoking Cessation Programs / Tobacco Cessation Programs

• Establish a tobacco-free grounds
• Establish a tobacco-free workplace
• Encourage the use of 1-800-QUIT-NOW, North Carolina’s no cost Tobacco Use Quitline. Or check
• Reimburse for tobacco replacement products
• Partially fund the expenditure of smoking cessation classes
• Provide pamphlets and information on health effects from tobacco use and smoking cessation
• Provide awareness sessions to innervate workers to try to quit tobacco use
• Provide worksite smoking cessation classes

Employee Health Screening

• Discount health care insurance premiums or decrease co-payments for workers who take part in screenings and who take part in managing their risk factors
• Install Blood Pressure (BP) monitoring equipment
• Provide flu shots for workers and family members
• Provide Health Risk Assessments to all workers, including counseling and follow-up
• Provide periodic Blood Pressure (BP) screenings and follow-up
• Provide periodic screenings for blood lipids, blood glucose, body composition, etc.

Stress Management Programs / Work Life Balance Programs

• Offer flexible schedules for family/work life balance
• Provide and encourage an Employee Assistance Program(EAP)
• Provide information on substance abuse prevention
• Provide pamphlets and information on stress management and mental health
• Provide pamphlets and information on work life balance, such as monetary planning, childcare, parenting, elder care, etc.
• Provide supervisor and manager training on communication, relationship building, company stressors, etc.
• Assess company policies and work schedules to identify company stressors
• Assess the Employee Assistance Program(EAP) to be sure it is meeting the needs of the workers and company
• Provide educational sessions on stress management and work life balance
• Provide classes on relaxation, stress management, and work life balance topics

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