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Vermont Serves as Workplace Wellness Beacon – Again

We have reported previously about Vermont’s support for workplace wellness programs.

In March we noted that Vermont held its annual Worksite Wellness conference, where Governor Phil Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, and others led a program encouraging the uptake of focusing on wellness in the workplace.

VTDigger.org reports that “This year’s conference theme, ‘Wellness Without Borders’ reflects the connection health and wellness have in all aspects of our lives.” Said Dr. Levine: “Worksite wellness programs are integral to improving the health and wellbeing of Vermonters.”

Vermont addresses workplace wellness in a number of ways, including a site dedicated to the topic: “For much of the week, most Vermonters spend more than one third of their day at their workplace. The programs, policies and environment at their worksite significantly influence employees’ health. With support and resources from the Health Department, worksites can take steps to improve employee health, leading to financial benefits, reduced health care costs, and a more productive and engaged workforce.”

Now the Associated Press reports that “The Vermont Health Department is awarding grants to improve wellness programs at work.”

The grants are worth $3,000, and they can go to six work sites around the state “to support wellness programs that increase physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for employees.”

The post continues: “The grants are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of a national effort.”

“The Health Department says in Vermont more than 60 percent of adults working outside the home are either overweight or obese, and more than 50 percent have at least one chronic condition.”