Put it in Writing

Your written commitment to wellness costs next to nothing and seals the message, “We care.”  For the best value, align your written policies with benefits that support employee wellness.

  • Find model policies and benefits that suit your needs.
  • Tailor them for your workforce.
  • Make wellness benefits affordable and easy to use.
  • Implement policies and benefits through human resources and your wellness committee.
  • Promote your culture of wellness in employee handbooks, new employee orientation, trainings, posters, etc.

 

Tobacco-free Policies

These policies clarify prohibition of the use of tobacco products in all interior and exterior spaces owned or wholly leased by [Organization]. Includes:

  • Smoke-free Meetings and Conferences Policy: This policy describes the provision of smoke-free meetings and conferences for [Organization].
  • Model Tobacco Cessation Benefit: Eighty percent of Oregon’s adult smokers would like to quit using tobacco. Evidence-based programs help employees quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco cessation is the most cost-effective preventive health service an employer can provide. As employees become tobacco-free, your organization will benefit from contained health care costs, increased employee productivity and morale, and decreased absenteeism.

 

Policy on Healthy Meetings, Conferences and Events

This document describes [Organization’s] policy for healthy meetings, conferences and events. Proper implementation of this policy will ensure [Organization’s] sponsored meetings, conferences or events provide healthy food options and physical activity breaks during the meeting, conference or event.

Policy on Healthy Vending

This policy will assure that at least 70 percent of food and beverage sold in vending machines in facilities rented, owned or operated by [Organization] meet specified nutrition standards that align with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 

Policy on Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines for Cafeterias

This policy applies to any café or cafeteria located on property rented or owned by [Organization]. This policy outlines requirements for healthy food and beverage options, nutritional information, serving size guidelines, and pricing and placement of healthy foods and beverages sold in [Organization’s] cafeteria.

Model Weight Management Benefits

Nearly two-thirds of Oregon’s employed, insured adults are trying to lose or maintain weight. Providing access to an evidence-based weight management program can help employees reach or maintain a healthy weight. An investment in weight management for employees can help contain health care costs, increase employee productivity, decrease absenteeism, and improve employee morale.

 

Physical Activity Benefits

Being physically active provides a number of key health benefits. Being active decreases the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Despite the well-known benefits of physical activity, most adults lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle and are not active enough to achieve these health benefits. Just 55 percent of Oregon adults meet the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s physical activity recommendations.  Fifty- nine percent of Oregon adults spend their work day mostly sitting and standing. Creating an environment that encourages physical activity can help contain health care costs, increase employee productivity, decrease absenteeism, reduce employee turnover, and improve employee morale.

 

Chronic Disease Prevention & Management Benefits

More than 31 percent of Oregon’s employed, insured adults have an ongoing health condition like arthritis, asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Evidence-based chronic disease prevention, education and self-management programs can help contain health care costs, increase employee productivity and morale, and decrease absenteeism. Employees who take a more active role in their health and make healthier lifestyle choices will reduce the disabling effects of ongoing health conditions.

 

Indoor Air Quality Policy

This policy establishes guidance and procedures to protect and maintain safe indoor air quality.

Workplace Breastfeeding Support Policy

This policy describes [Organization’s] policy for providing optimal workplace support for employees who are breastfeeding. Proper implementation of this policy will ensure [Organization] meets all the requirements of the Oregon Wage and Hour Law requirements for rest periods for expression of milk.

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