5 Healthy Towns Foundation launches Working Well

Information submitted by 5 Healthy Towns Foundation

If you are an employer in the 5 Healthy Towns region, you are invited to participate in Working Well, a new no-cost initiative to promote workplace well-being and create a culture of wellness at your organization.

Employers are uniquely positioned to positively affect the health outcomes of individuals in our communities, according to Steve Petty, 5HF CEO.

“Working Well will provide practical resources to employers that can be used to promote policies, practices and programs, and bring people closer together in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

Three local organizations participated in the State of Michigan’s Workplace Wellness Learning Collaborative in 2022 find out more about  creating a workplace program. Learners included Chelsea State Bank and the Capital Area District Libraries (for the Stockbridge Branch), and 5HF was represented on the faculty.

The statewide Learning Collaborative wrapped up in October, but to keep the momentum going, 5HF joined with local health care providers to create a program to meet the needs of employers and associates in our region. A June focus group provided information from companies and their advice guided the effort.

In 2023, Working Well hopes to reach more than 50 local employers with information, company success stories, wellness videos and inter-company recreation challenges. It also will provide opportunities to deepen the engagement between employees and their communities.

“Whether a company has five or 500 employees, this initiative can benefit both the business organization and its workforce,” Petty said. “Studies even show that workplace wellness programs can improve employee retention and create a more positive workforce culture.”

If you’re interested in learning more and participating in Working Well, business owners or their designated representatives can register their company by completing a two-minute survey.  here

As a thank you for completing the survey, 5HF will offer a free wellness center visit to each employee to use on their own time at any of the wellness centers in Chelsea, Dexter, Stockbridge, and Manchester. The free visit must be used before April 30.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Lori@5healthytowns.org.

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