LINN COUNTY, IA – Many chronic diseases are preventable, but account for a significant amount of total healthcare spending. Encouraging employees to take preventive measures and adopt a healthier lifestyle is an opportunity for workplaces to help prevent, halt, and even reverse chronic disease. A healthy workforce is also a more productive workforce. Wellness initaitives or programs not only improve employee health behaviors, but improve productivity, can decrease absenteeism, and boosts employee morale, recruitment, and retention. Successful worksite wellness initiatives can benefit your bottom line. Linn County Public Health and Linn County Worksite Wellness Committee is now offering the 2019 worksite wellness assessment to all employers in Linn County. The assessment has been simplified to include 26 multiple-choice questions and one open-ended question for employers to complete, aiming to identify existing initiatives that encourage healthy lifestyles and recommendations to support employee health and wellness.
Worksites and employers, especially those that are just establishing worksite wellness programs, are encouraged to participate and utilize the new, shortened assessment and free technical assistance now through March 7, 2019. An initial online assessment will be completed, followed by a complimentary 60 minute on-site follow-up. Follow-up visits will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is recommended that employers complete the assessment soon. Online assessments can be completed at http://bit.ly/LCWWAssessment2019. Awards will be presesnted at the Linn County Worksite Wellness Summit on June 6, 2019 at Elmcrest County Club in Cedar Rapids. Visit http://bit.ly/LCWWSummit2019, to reserve your ticket to the Summit. After the Summit, a report will be e-mailed to each participating workplace that includes a scorecard with an aggregated worksite comparison and best practice recommendations.
ABOUT THE LINN COUNTY WORKSITE WELLNESS COMMITTEE – The assessment process is overseen by the Linn County Worksite Wellness Committee, which includes leaders from a number of organizations in Linn County. The committee consists of members from Linn County Public Health, City of Cedar Rapids, MercyCare Business Health Solutions, Profile by Sanford, Transamerica, United Fire Group, and Van Meter, Inc. The committee meets regularly to plan the Linn County Worksite Wellness Summit and oversee the assessment process. Worksites are encouraged to join by contacting [email protected]