CDC: Workplace Health Strategies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides some extremely useful Workplace Health Strategies, covering not just physical, but also mental health:

“Among the leading physical and mental health conditions in terms of direct medical costs and lost productivity to US employers are several chronic disease (e.g., heart disease), depression, and musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., back pain). With workers in America today spending more than one-third of their day on the job, employers are in a unique position to promote the health and safety of their employees. The use of effective workplace health programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for 138 million workers in the United States.”

“The workplace provides many opportunities for promoting health and preventing disease and injury. Workplace health programs can:”

  • Influence social norms.
  • Establish health-promoting policies.
  • Increase healthy behaviors such as dietary and physical activity changes.
  • Improve employees’ health knowledge and skills.
  • Help employees get necessary health screenings, immunizations, and follow-up care.
  • Reduce employees’ on-the-job exposure to substances and hazards that can cause diseases and injury.

The CDC outlines various strategies by condition, including: