Employers develop wellness programs often to address some of the biggest risk factors for diabetes, such as obesity and lack of exercise. In many cases, these programs save money.
Some employers have found success with many health programs to help their employees with diabetes better manage their disease. " Efficient employer-implemented intervention programs to improve physical health and well being of their workers with type 2 diabetes could be a good strategy for controlling productivity-related costs.”
Diabetes at Work
Launched in 2002, Diabetes at Work is the first online resource specifically designed to address the prevention and management of diabetes in the workplace. The site's content was developed by diabetes educators, occupational health care providers, wellness managers and health plan benefits managers who saw a great need to make diabetes education information easily accessible and user-friendly to employers and managers at both large and small companies.
Diabetes at Work is a resource of the National Diabetes Education Program. This Web Site provides free, easy-to-use tools and strategies that help companies plan, build, implement and evaluate diabetes intervention activities. Users can download resources from a wide variety of federal and not-for-profit organizations. These resources can be used to inform employees about diabetes prevention and best practices for diabetes management at work.
Topics on the site include basics about diabetes and workplace wellness, wellness program planning, diabetes prevention, diabetes management, complications of diabetes, healthy lifestyle issues including weight management, healthy lifestyle issues (including weight management, physical activity and tobacco cessation) and topics unique to managing diabetes on the job. The information on Diabetes at Work can be used to:
With diabetes prevalence rates soaring and workers spending more than one-third of their day on the job, employers are becoming more concerned about diabetes prevention and control in the workplace. Learn how to implement worksite programs to improve the lives of your employees and lower the costs of health care and missed productivity for your company. Click on the picture to the right for this National Diabetes Education Program resource. Kentucky also has a state-wide website dedicated to worksite wellness program implementation and support. Kentucky Worksite Wellness offers free educational webinars, the latest evidence-based strategic tools and resources, on-going expert technical assistance, and opportunities for peer benchmarking and sharing of best practices. The web site serves as home to the Kentucky Worksite Wellness Initiative, the Barren River Worksite Wellness pilot project, School Staff Health Promotion Resources (K-12), and the University Wellness Alliance of Kentucky (UWAK). Visit http://kentucky.stateofwellness.org/ to become a part of this exciting opportunity to improve your organization’s health and control health-related costs.
Kentucky Worksite Wellness
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