Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health conditions are responsible for driving health care costs. In fact, according to the 2010 Iowa Employer Benefits Study, with one in four Iowa adults suffering from obesity, inactivity or heart disease, health insurance premiums increased at an average rate of 13% among all Iowa employers. These rates can significantly impact both employers and employees.
Your company can do its part to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation, and the GetActive Workplace Wellness toolkit can remove your barriers to entry. Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses can download a one-page poster and informational packet that lays out wellness tips touching on a variety of wellness-related topics, health facts and resources that will give employees across the region immediate takeaways they can implement into their daily lives. The toolkit also provides a checklist of actions to help employers get their workplace wellness programs up and running.
Workplace Wellness Programs and Initiatives
Other workplace wellness programs and initiatives include:
The Greater Des Moines Partnership helps sponsor the Teaching Employees Accountability Matters (TEAM) training program for employees and first-time supervisors. TEAM training encourages employees to feel more engaged in the workplace, benefitting both employee satisfaction and productivity. Learn more and download the training guides.
Healthiest State Initiative
The Healthiest State is a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness. To achieve that goal, individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, nonprofits and the public sector have united in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Learn more here!
The Partnership encourages communities and businesses to help make the region a national model of wellness by leveraging existing capacities and governmental, nonprofit and corporate wellness efforts into a holistic wellness program. A regional wellness initiative envisioned in the Capital Crossroads regional vision plan would serve many capitals: business, social, human, environmental, physical, governmental and cultural.
Iowa Worksites Toolkit
To help area businesses implement worksite wellness programs, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Health Promotion Unit and the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division have created the Healthy Iowa Worksites toolkit.
The State of Iowa ranks #9 for well-being. The Well-Being Index score evaluates basic access, healthy behavior, physical health, work environment, emotional health and life evaluation.