Wellness program on tap for county employers

Area employers are invited to register for the upcoming Building a Results-Oriented Wellness Program, an interactive, no-cost, presentation that will assist large and small employers alike in building their wellness programs.

The program will be held on Thursday May 8, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at UW-Sheboygan.

Jessica Raddemann BS, CHES, executive director for the Wellness Council, Wisconsin (WELCOA), will present the organization’s patented Well Workplace process, based upon studies and promotions of America’s healthiest companies.

Worksite wellness programs have been shown to be a good return on investment.

Program returns range from 2 to 10 times the cost of the program when important factors such as health care costs and productivity are evaluated.

Worksite wellness programs can be extensive. However, there are ways for even small employers to make positive changes at little or no cost.

WELCOA is a statewide nonprofit organization whose vision is to improve health to empower business.

As executive director, Raddemann, works with nearly 500 employers, representing more than 450,000 employees, to provide resources to develop and sustain a result-oriented wellness programs that will enhance employee health, improve morale and contain costs.

Over the past five years, Raddemann has presented many Well Workplace Workshops statewide, assisted employers in developing worksite wellness programs, consulted with employers as they pursue a Well Workplace designation, offered annual worksite wellness conferences and achieved three Well City designations.

At the core of the Well Workplace model, WELCOA has identified seven key benchmarks of success that are inherent in companies that have built results-oriented workplace wellness programs.

This process provides a framework for the Well Workplace Award, which is currently held by more than 80 Wisconsin employers.

The presentation will provide an overview of the seven benchmarks and discuss how to apply the concepts in a variety of workplace settings.

In addition, two breakout sessions will also be offered. The focus of one titled, “Carefully Crafting Your Wellness Operation Plan,” is an interactive session where participants will learn how to take your essential forms of data and develop an operating plan that will drive an organizations’ wellness program forward.

An operating plan serves as a roadmap and will guide your company’s efforts and investment in workplace wellness.

The second of the sessions will be an opportunity for area businesses to network and/or promote what they have already started in their offerings for healthier employees.

Participants will be asked to bring samples (promotional materials, description sheets, communications, etc.) of a favorite, most successful or prized intervention offered at your worksite.

Participants will leave the session with new ideas and information on how to choose the most appropriate interventions for employees.

The Sheboygan County Activity and Nutrition Coalition (SCAN), a sub-committee of Healthy Sheboygan County 2020, provided a free seminar for businesses of Sheboygan County in 2013, and are offering a second and new program in 2014.

Additional sponsors include: Aurora Health Care, Prevea Health, Sargento, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and Sheboygan County Division of Public Health.

Registration is required to attend the event. It can be done by going to www.healthysheboygancounty.org and clicking on “committees” then “activity and nutrition” for registration information.

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