WorkWell Douglas County
WorkWell Douglas County promotes wellness policies and practices in workplaces with a focus on physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use. WorkWell welcomes participation from employers, human resources and worksite wellness professionals interested in improving the health of workers in Douglas County.
Given that adults spend about half of their waking hours on the job, worksites provide an optimal opportunity to initiate and support a healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that habits formed in the workplace will carry over into the home. We’re working with Douglas County employers to help develop and implement policies and programs that promote physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-free living.
Douglas County businesses valuing and supporting a culture of health in the workplace.
WorkWell Douglas County builds connections that promotes a workplace culture of health by sharing results-oriented wellness best practices.
Whether it’s behind a desk, under the hood of a car or deep in the wheat fields, Americans spend at least 1/2 of their waking hours at their places of work. Health expenditures are estimated to skyrocket to $6.0 trillion (PDF) by the year 2027. In light of those facts, it’s more important than ever for workplaces to encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees - both on and off the job.
WorkWell Douglas County is a grantee of LiveWell Douglas County, a community health initiative, funded by the Kansas Health Foundation. WorkWell Douglas County with team members from government agencies, private organizations and local businesses. The team is charged with designing and implementing a “results-oriented” community wellness initiative aimed at supporting employer efforts to promote healthier eating and increased physical activity through people, programs, and policies.
Strategy and Opportunities
Strategy: Assure opportunities for and encourage healthy eating and active living at work.
Opportunities for Community Action
- Develop and implement a communications strategy to promote and support workplace wellness
- Develop a public recognition program for employers who promote healthy eating and active living at work
- Recruit employee champions to advocate for implementation of worksite policies promoting healthy food/ beverages options and opportunities for physical activity
- Support Douglas County worksites in implementing policies, systems and environments that encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
Strategy and Opportunities for Community Action are identified in the Douglas County Community Health Plan.
Recent Workgroup Accomplishments
WorkWell joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas hosting a Business & Wellness Symposium, highlighting efforts to encourage and support area employers who wish to participate in the “Kids Are Good for Business” Survey. This survey assesses employer policies and practices and identifies areas to create more family-friendly work conditions. In today’s competitive recruitment/hiring environment, family-friendly practices can make a difference in employer’s success attracting and retaining quality staff.
LiveWell Annual Celebration Breakfast Awards
As part of its annual celebration, on Friday, November 19, the LiveWell Douglas County coalition awarded Culture of Health Action Awards to both coalition members and community partners whose efforts have helped improve the health and well-being of Douglas County residents.
WorkWell recognized Linda Koester-Vogelsang, Administrator of the District Court for Douglas County. For many years Linda has implemented a variety of different wellness initiatives for both employees and visitors to the courthouse. She is a long-time member of the WorkWell work group and has been a mentor to many who have implemented work wellness initiatives in our community.
For more information about joining, go to Get Involved.
Work Group Leadership
- Chair: Janelle Martin, Communities in Schools of Mid America
Representatives of LiveWell Douglas County met with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas’ Pathways to a Healthy Kansas to plan initiatives for 2023. The coalition will be looking to distribute as much as $250,000 to community partners to support key projects. Read on...
WorkWell Douglas County hosted the 2022 Pathways Business & Wellness Symposium in early November at the Lied Center in Lawrence. Read on...