Massachusetts Working on Wellness (MA WoW)

Status: Current
Year: 2015
Location: Massachusetts
Client: Government organizations
Services Provided: Training and Technical Assistance, Community Health Grantmaking
Technical Expertise: Healthy Eating, Active Living, Worksite Wellness, Mental & Behavioral Health

Working on Wellness helps Massachusetts employers successfully develop, implement and sustain policies and programs to create a supportive work environment and enable employees to engage in healthy behaviors. This statewide initiative helps participating worksites adopt sustainable policies and practices that promote and protect the health of employees.

Working on Wellness provides Massachusetts employers with:

  • Seed Funding
  • Training
  • Technical Assistance
  • Online Support Resources
  • Community Linkages
  • Best Practices Forum
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

The majority of adults spend a significant number of their waking hours at work. Conditions in the workplace can impact a person’s health and contribute to injury and illness. Workplaces are therefore ideal settings to reach specific populations for targeted interventions that promote health and well-being. Physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and tobacco avoidance are essential in maintaining a healthy workforce and lowering the risk of chronic diseases. Promoting a culture of health in workplaces provides opportunities for employees to change their behaviors in an effort to prevent and/or manage chronic health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. Visit the MA Working on Wellness website for more information and to access the application.

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Working on Wellness is a collaboration among the MA Department of Public Health, Health Resources in Action and Advancing Wellness, with funds provided by  the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. This statewide initiative will be evaluated by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Massachusetts Medical School.