The average employee spends more time at work than they do at home. Because of this fact, it is vital for employers to encourage and promote wellness at their place of business. Complete wellness entails physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and social aspects (for more information read here ). Employers can easily implement many of these aspects with little or no cost to themselves. The Knox County Health Department can provide educational materials, support and guidance to assist employers in making "well" choices for and with their employees. This website provides many resources to help you get started, but we also would love to speak with you personally. Feel free to contact us with questions or needs at 865-215-5170.
Use these resources to start or continue to support a worksite wellness program at your place of business!
- Worksite Wellness Toolkit
- Worksite Wellness Toolkit Small Business
East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable
ETWR Gold is a program to recognize East Tennessee worksites that exemplify excellence in worksite wellness. It takes a systems approach to worksite wellness by targeting evidence-based built environment and policy changes. To achieve ETWR Gold status, worksites must demonstrate a supportive wellness infrastructure and must meet a certain number of criteria related to disease monitoring and prevention, physical activity, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse and tobacco use and prevention. The online application was developed and adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Worksite Health ScoreCard. Worksites awarded the ETWR Gold status will be given a certificate, decals and access to the logo.
The ETWR Gold recognition can be used for promoting your worksite and to complement employee recruitment and retention strategies. ETWR Gold worksites will gain publicity through the ETWR website, ETWR Facebook page and through media releases. Additionally, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has received grant funding to help Knox County organizations implement evidence-based strategies to achieve cultures of the health at their workplace. During the ETWR Gold application process, each worksite will have the opportunity to communicate areas where they could use assistance/funding/resources from KCHD in order to implement new wellness initiatives or improve upon existing initiatives. For example, if your workplace would like to have an employee garden, but does not have the resources to purchase gardening supplies, applicants can request resources from KCHD to support this initiative. For more information, visit:http://etwellness.org/etwr-gold-2/.
- StairWell Campaign
The StairWELL campaign was created to encourage employees to get a little more physical during their work day by taking the stairs whenever possible. We welcome you to print and post these signs around your business to gently remind your workers of the benefits of skipping the elevator.
- Poster: When you use the restroom (women’s shoes)
- Poster: Seven minutes of stair climbing
- Poster: Stair climbing helps relieve negative feelings
- Poster: You burn 10 calories taking the stairs
- Poster: Fight fat, feel fit.
- Poster: An average person loses
- Poster: When you use the restroom (men’s shoes)
For more information about Worksite Wellness, contact email@example.com or call 865-215-5170.