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Workplace Wellness in Lorain County

Effective workplace wellness programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve quality of life. However, workplace wellness does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. When designing wellness programs, make sure to understand the assets, needs, and culture of your workplace environment.

Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) recommends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workplace Health Model to design comprehensive workplace wellbeing programs. LCPH’s Health Education Specialists help worksites and community groups assess, plan, implement, and evaluate wellness activities.

Workplace Wellness

Plan a wellness program

The CDC’s Workplace Health Scorecard (HSC) helps employers discover if they are implementing science-based health interventions in their worksites. This tool requires a small team of staff (i.e. human resource managers, health benefit managers, or wellness committee members) and typically takes around 90 minutes to complete. Results from this exercise guides what to focus on in your wellness program.

Learn more about the Workplace Health Scorecard

TIP: If your worksite is a school, your team should complete the School Health Index instead.

Once you complete a HSC, follow its recommendations to plan and manage your program.

Start a wellness program

Lorain County Public Health provides toolkits, campaigns, and resources to help implement worksite wellness programs. Contact us to learn more.

Every quarter the Lorain County Wellness Network meets to learn, discuss, share with local peers. This group is a great way to get started and to keep up-to-date with ways to help your team work healthy.

Register for the next Lorain County Wellness Network meeting.

Evaluate a wellness program

Do wellness programs actually work? You won’t know unless you evaluate. LCPH recommends the following evaluation methods:

  • Employee participation
  • Feedback from participants
  • Monitor trends in health care costs
  • Worksite health scorecard (scores before and after programming)

For more support with workplace wellness, email or call LCPH’s Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention division.