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Worksite wellness policies can have long-term impacts on the health of employees and the community. At the same time, these initiatives can also reduce health care costs, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and improve employee morale. Many employers have implemented worksite wellness programs to promote the health and well-being of their employees, but have not integrated these programs into written policies. Written worksite wellness policies are critical to the sustainability and effectiveness of worksite wellness efforts. A range of different legal and policy issues must be considered when developing and implementing worksite wellness policies. Well-crafted worksite wellness policies can provide essential direction and leadership in creating a culture of wellness and support for the long-term health and well-being of employees, consumers and the surrounding communities. 

Employers across the country are exploring innovative approaches to worksite wellness policies that incorporate a broad vision of health. Increasingly, these initiatives are geared toward improving the health of the workplace through healthy food procurement and tobacco-free policies. As employers seek to reduce health care costs through the improvement of employee health, worksite wellness policies hold great promise in the movement toward greater health, productivity and well-being.


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Webinar: Worksites, Breastfeeding, and Your Responsibilities Under the Law (2016)

Federal and state laws require employers to provide nursing moms time and a private space to express breast milk while at work. This webinar addresses how the laws apply to Minnesota businesses, including the accommodations employers must make for nursing moms to ensure compliance. Additionally, learn how local businesses are supporting nursing moms and making the laws work at their worksites.

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Food and Beverage Environment and Procurement Policies for Healthier Work Environments (2014)

An article in Nutrition Reviews, co-written by Center staff attorney Mary Marrow, provides a comprehensive look at using procurement policies to improve the food and beverage environment in workplace settings. This article supports efforts to develop and implement effective food and beverage procurement policies that promote access to healthy food in workplaces.


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Older resources can be found in our Worksite Wellness resource archive.