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WorkWell Missouri. Improving productivity Managing your bottom line. Presented by: Margie Meyer Manager, WorkWell Missouri 573.884.8711. Picture here. MU Extension MU Extension educates people to make their lives better 114 counties + St. Louis

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workwell missouri

WorkWell Missouri

Improving productivity

Managing your bottom line


Presented by: Margie Meyer

Manager, WorkWell Missouri


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MU Extension

MU Extension educates people to make their lives better

114 counties + St. Louis

4-H Youth Development Agriculture and Natural Resources

Nutrition and Health Community Development

Continuing Education Business Development

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Healthy Lifestyle Initiative

  • An initiative designed to be a partnership with communities at the local level to achieve impact by improving the health of Missouri communities
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Create communities that support the availability of healthy, affordable, locally-produced food and safe, accessible physical activity

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Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Focus

Work with communities to create an environment that

“makes the healthy choice the easy choice”

  • Changing the community environment
  • Fostering coalitions and networks
  • Influencing policy and changing organizational practices
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Why a community driven approach?

  • Creates ownership by community residents
  • Increases the chance for success
  • Allows communities to tap their assets and use them with efficiency and direction
  • Creates numerous opportunities to partner, collaborate, expand, and enrich initiatives
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Why target environment and policy changes?

  • Targeting the larger community environment is emerging as the only practical way to address this issue on a large scale
  • In order for individual behaviors to be sustained, they must be able to be carried out in an environment that supports healthy choices
  • Increases the chance for success
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Pilot sites

  • Dent County
  • Ralls County
  • Boone County
  • Lafayette County
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What is Worksite Wellness?

Worksite wellness refers to the education, activities, environmental and policy changes that a worksite may do to promote healthy lifestyles to employees and their families.

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Work Site Vision

Create a roadmap to encourage a healthier workforce that is productive and competitive

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WorkWell Missouri Toolkit

Step 1: Why have a worksite wellness program?

Step 2: How to get started

Step 3: Assessing your worksite

Step 4: Programming for your worksite

Step 5: Making decisions – where to focus your efforts

Step 6: Evaluating your program: Is it doing any good?

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Resources – Design your workforce program

Low resources

  • Support physical activity breaks during the day
  • Send healthy food messages to employees

Medium resources

  • Provide outdoor exercise areas like fields and trails for employee use
  • Offer local fruits and vegetables at the worksite

High resources

  • Provide an on-site exercise facility
  • Provide incentives for participation in nutrition and/or weight management activities
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Cape Girardeau WorkWell Model

  • Cape Girardeau Health committee spent 6 months planning a worksite wellness training for business owners
  • Recruited: Exercise Physiologists
  • Recruited: Wellness Directors from two local hospitals

“WorkWell initiative is a step by step training aimed at providing an individualized approach to not only understanding what a wellness program is, but just how a few people at your place of business can start the process”. Tim Arbeiter, Cape Chamber

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  • Safeway CEO believes utilizing market-based solutions can reduce our nation’s health-care bill by 40%.
  • The key to achieving these savings is health-care plans that reward healthy behavior.

Safeway’s Story

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  • As a self-insured employer, Safeway designed a plan in 2005 and made improvements each year.
  • During this four-year period, they kept their per capita health-care costs flat. . .
  • While most American companies’ costs increased 38% over the same four years.
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  • Safeway borrowed from the well-tested automobile insurance model that translated into premium differences among drivers.
  • Safeway utilized a provision in the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that permits employers to differentiate premiums based on behaviors.
  • Safeway’s Healthy Measures program is building a culture of health and fitness focused on:

Tobacco usage Healthy weight

Blood pressure Cholesterol levels

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  • Safeway’s obesity and smoking rates are 70% of the national average.
  • Safeway’s health-care costs have been held constant.
  • Health premiums were reduced $780 for individuals and $1,560 for families if they pass all four tests.
  • 76% of non-union employees asked for more financial incentives to reward healthy behaviors.
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What can you do as a Chamber?

  • You can replicate Cape’s success
  • You can take ownership of worksite wellness in your community
  • You can coach businesses in your area
  • You can use the getting started materials
  • Health starts where we work

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WorkWell Missouri

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Wisconsin Department of

Health Services