Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Workplace Wellness Initiative

Working on Wellness – Saving Money through Healthy Living

As part of the Town of Franklin Mass in Motion and YMCA Healthy Futures Initiative – a proactive community approach to reducing inactivity and poor nutrition – we are offering an incentive to Franklin-based businesses who attend a Workplace Wellness Workshop.

We are inviting all interested Franklin-based businesses to attend a 1½ hour workshop to learn the benefits of adopting a workplace wellness program, best practices, successful evaluation tools, and how to become eligible for funds and resources through the Town of Franklin Mass in Motion grant as well as through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

With one in every three Massachusetts adults affected by chronic disease, we know we have to look for innovative solutions to support the adoption of healthy habits. Our goal is to improve the health of employees by helping businesses build an infrastructure that is sustainable and expandable to promote wellness and prevent chronic diseases. We hope that by addressing workplace wellness, we will support the health of families and the community-at-large.

Workplace Wellness Programs have been shown to:
  • Reduce sick time by 28%
  • Reduce health care costs by 26%
  • Reduce workers' compensation by 30%
  • Produce a $5.93-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio

The Franklin-based Workplace Wellness Initiative will be held Thursday March 1st from 10:30 – 12 PM at the Hockomock Area YMCA, Bernon Family Branch. Please feel free to extend an invitation to other Franklin-based businesses with which you work.

To attend, RSVP to Lauren Marciszyn, Director of Youth & Community Wellness, at 774-235-2737 or via email at Laurenm@hockymca.org by Friday February 24th.

Additional information regarding the states Phase V Working on Wellness Program can be found at: www.mass.gov/massinmotion

Supporting Healthy Living,

Lauren A. Marciszyn, RD, LDN
Director of Youth & Community Wellness
Hockomock Area YMCA

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