Worksites are a great opportunity to have wellness efforts taking place to help grow a healthier Nebraska. Employers who build comprehensive wellness programs recognize the value add and the potential return on investment for their organization, but also for their employees. A comprehensive wellness strategy including healthy eating and physical activity initiatives help to reduce chronic disease rates, helps improve morale, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and has the potential to impact the bottom line.

In partnership with the three worksite wellness councils: the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELLCOM), WorkWell, and the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council, the DHHS Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program has worked for the past 10 years to implement the evidence-based model for employee wellness programming to ensure long term sustainability. This collaborative group works with businesses statewide that have identified healthy eating and physical activity as a key strategies supported by health risk data, environmental/policy assessments, and by employee request. The Worksite Councils and DHHS CDPC also work closely with local public health departments to implement comprehensive strategies and healthy eating and physical activity initiatives.

Additional Information and Resources

This Nebraska Worksite Wellness Toolkit is an easy-to-use guide for organizations to follow to effectively develop a comprehensive worksite wellness program. The Toolkit is available both in a document and online. Organizations are given detailed steps to follow to build or expand worksite.

Nebraska Worksite Wellness Toolkit Website

The Nebraska Worksite Wellness Survey was conducted in 2010 to provide information on worksite wellness policies and practices being implemented in businesses across the state. A follow-up survey was sent out in 2013 to determine current worksite wellness policies and practices and also determine what changes have occurred since 2010. This information will help to identify areas of need related to developing a comprehensive worksite wellness program for Nebraska businesses. A total of 582 small businesses, 510 medium businesses, and 260 large businesses participated in the 2013 survey, with a total response of rate of 42.1%. Respondents represent a wide variety of sectors across the state.

2016 Nebraska Worksite Wellness Survey