CDC seeks employers for 'Healthy Worksite'

Want help setting up a workplace wellness program that can improve the health of your employees? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a National Healthy Worksite Program and will work with up to 15 employers in each of seven regions nationwide. This program does not provide grant funds, but participating employers will receive assistance in drafting policies, implementing programs and evaluating outcomes.

To be eligible, employers must either have no wellness program or have a program that provides only a limited number of interventions. Employers of more than 500 fulltime employees must invest at least $50,000 in the program over two years. If the workplace has more than 1,000 employees, the program must be conducted in a smaller "autonomous organizational unit."

CDC will hold informational webinars on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, and employers must apply for certification as an eligible employer between Jan. 20 and Feb. 3. CDC will announce the selected employers "on or about" April 30.

More information is available at www.cdc.gov/NationalHealthyWorksite or by emailing NationalHealthyWork@cdc.gov.