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:

  • Enhance employee communications.
  • Create low-cost education programs, fact sheets, Web Sites, and health bulletins.
  • Promote current health management programs, including health fairs and brown bag lunches.
  • Help senior managers make the business case to top company executives about the need to address diabetes in the workplace.

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Type 2 diabetes affects millions of individuals and their families, workplaces, and the U.S. health care system.


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