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 toolkits also provide a checklist of actions to help employers get their workplace wellness programs up and running.
Working From Home
Even while working from home, it is important to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle in your new normal. In addition to the GetActive Toolkits, download any of the GetActive Tips Sheets below to learn about ways to practice wellness from your home office:
Workplace Wellness Programs and Initiatives
Other workplace wellness programs and initiatives include:
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!
Make It OK
The Make It OK campaign in Iowa, led by the Healthiest State Initiative, hosted a six-week virtual mental health series, in tandem with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Capital Crossroads, titled "6 Weeks of Make It OK."
The goal of "6 Weeks of Make It Ok" is to have conversations around mental health that look at how we cope with our own well-being. Collective and individual mental health is fundamental to how we think, work and interact with our families, friends, colleagues and greater community. The following presentations were included in the series:
Powered by Purpose
Powered by Purpose is a free online resource designed to help you explore the meaning of purpose, discover your own unique purpose and put it into action in your life and workplace.
According to the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, two out of three people in DSM struggle with purpose and only about 50% can identify a leader who makes them feel enthusiastic about the future. Whether an individual or an organization, our purpose is our "why" for existing. Understanding purpose comes from identifying what motivates us, what makes us happy and what we need in order to help us feel important and valued. In fact, our purpose can often change, shifting as circumstances around shift and as time goes by.
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, benefiting both employee satisfaction and productivity. Learn more and download the training guides.
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.