U.S. Chamber Highlights New Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities to Improve Health and Wellness

Apr 5, 2011

Worksite wellness programs continue to be a vitally important mechanism to improve health and control costs. These programs keep employees healthy, and studies demonstrate that healthier employees are more productive at work. Communities are the foundation for our nation’s public health system, and at the forefront of providing support to local businesses.

To commemorate “National Workplace Wellness Week,” the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center today hosted a forum to address the state of workplace wellness programs and highlight the new trends, challenges, and opportunities to improve health and wellness. Keynote speakers, including Paul Speranza Jr., the vice chairman, general counsel, and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and a variety of experts and employers in the area, provided insight for business leaders on how to set up workplace wellness programs, share best practices, and address opportunities for partnerships.

The Chamber’s Randy Johnson emphasized that “The trend is now clear. Workplace wellness programs are now front and center in becoming another tool by which employers can help control health care costs while improving the morale and health of their employees. While every employer is different and the form of wellness programs varies from simple to complex, developments in this area are truly a win-win for both employers and employees.”

If you are looking for a thorough manual on best practices and the underlying rationales for workplace wellness programs, check out "Healthy Workforce: 2010 and Beyond." (PDF)

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