Worksite Wellness

On average, employees spend up to eight and nine hours a day at work. Coupled with the time spent at work, over the last several decades, many Americans have developed unhealthy habits, such as poor nutrition, tobacco use, inactivity, and high alcohol consumption. As one of the leading employers in the District of Columbia, the DC government took up the challenge by developing and adopting a workplace policy to address the problem. Working with 22 agencies that employee over 18,000 employees, the project established agency-specific interventions to improve vending machine options at the office, physical fitness and physical activity during the day, promote healthy eating, stress management, and provide early detection screening. Among the greatest achievements of the project was providing support for environmental changes to provide lactation spaces for nursing, working mothers.

 

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