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NAPW Business Forum: Creative Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness

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Keeping a healthy and happy staff greatly impacts the success of a business. Now more than ever, businesses understand the importance of employee wellness programs and the value of showing that you care. While many businesses may not have the resources to implement a comprehensive wellness program, there are many creative ways to promote workplace wellness.

An Apple a Day… is Healthier
Take a look around. There’s a good chance your employees are enjoying a not-so-healthy snack. Encourage a healthier nutritional diet and offer alternative brain food options. Replace soda machines with water, juice or milk and stock vending machines with nuts or dried fruit. Be bold. Go a step further and leave out a fresh fruit basket once a week.

Be a Support System
Offer Employee Assistance Programs for individuals with financial difficulties, troubles at home, excess stress or anxiety. The extra support in the workplace encourages employees to handle job-related stress more effectively, find better ways to reduce stress in their personal lives and enhance their concentration at work.

Educate and Raise Awareness
Bring National Awareness months, weeks and days into the workplace. Share important health messages and promote fun interactive resources.  Inspire employees to make a difference by holding an in-office fundraiser to raise health awareness. Last year, NAPW Local Chapters hosted “Go Red for Women” networking events for Heart Health month to raise funds for the American Heart Association (AHA).

We want to hear from you! What has your business done to encourage health and wellness in the workplace? Do you think employee wellness programs are effective?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to take our poll. When you’re done, keep the conversation going on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!


What happened in January? Find out now! Visit last month’s Business Forum – Make Mentoring Work for You – and our poll, where we asked how your business has benefited from an in-house mentoring program. The results are quite interesting!


Megan Bozzuto


  1. Lucretia Coleman
    February 5, 2015 at 3:00 am

    It’s imperative that employers provide effective wellness programs for their employees. Those programs will be effective only if it includes an integrative (or holistic) approach to health and wellness. Employees who are less than optimally healthy have a negative impact on the business’ bottom line. Healthy employees have a profound impact on each others individual performance, their Company’s performance, as well as their families and communities.

    ~ Lucretia Coleman, BSBA, HC
    Certified Integrative Wellness Coach | Speaker
    Workshop Facilitator | Visual Artist

    • Catalina
      April 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      I agree

  2. Alexis Byron
    February 5, 2015 at 7:45 am

    We promote total health and wellness through educational seminars. Our subjects deal with simple preventive solutions that give people a better quality of life. Areas of focus include: heart health, fitness and weight loss, pre-diabetic care, toxic awareness & green living. We find people are very receptive and we also provide resources to make these solutions easy to implement.

  3. Melanie Simboli
    February 5, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Getting up from your desk several times a day has proven to have positive results in the effectiveness in work performance and it is also heart healthy! Get up and move at least once an hour!

  4. Valerie Smith
    February 6, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    The topic of Workplace Wellness is dear to my heart. Having been in a role that fuels our Health Center’s workplace wellness program I have turned to unconvential tactics to raise awareness that employees well-being is highly important. It’s deeper than just telling them what to eat and telling them that exercise is the answer. It’s about turning the tables, asking the right open ended questions, getting employess to take ownership of their health and then seek out a helpful hand to guide their choices. Sharing information is one of the best ways to do this alongside leaving time to talk of non-work related issues. As people we want to be heard and appreciated…we crave that pat on the back for a job well done. Giving kudos is another avenue that brings about healthy behavior change and sustainability. It takes a mind, body, spirit approach to create healthy happy environments for our work (and our home)!

  5. Kenya Williamson
    February 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I know how to manage my stress. A lot of my coworkers need to learn how to do it, especially management. It’s not okay to be rude all of the time and expect things to get done.

  6. Tori Dabasinskas
    February 10, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Wellness programs work. Statistics support this truth! Each employee is valuable. Impact one and you make a difference! Thank you NAPW for encouraging a focus on this topic. WIT professionals is passionate about impacting and empowering that one. WIT encourages Wellness in companies by specifically addressing communication tools in relationships. Even more specifically, empowering motivated employees to take responsibility for their communication style (tone, word choice, motive, etc) in how every employee/owner communicates with collegues, customers and their own personal relationships. Our trainings are efficient and offer a unique benefit specifically taylored to each employee. At WIT we offer a Focus on relational health that undergirds every other program that addresses nutrition, exercise, substance abuse, etc. Empower responsible communication in relationships: stress is reduced and focus/productivity improves. We taylor our programs with leaders intentional about healthy relationships! Call us!

  7. Teresa Page
    February 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Stress, anxiety, and sitting all day are all devastating to our health. The number one priority, for me, is nutrition. As a society, we eat fast and furiously, always in a hurry, depleting our bodies of the nourishment necessary to handle all of the pressures placed upon us. We can deal with the world much better when we have good health. Moving is next. We must exercise. Yoga, Pilates, weight training, walking, running, whatever your passion, it must be done. Anxiety is abated or minimized by movement. As women, everyone else comes first it our minds. We must make ourselves priority number One and do these things for ourselves so that we have the reserves necessary to make it happen for everyone else in our lives. Nutrition and exercise greatly enhance our immune systems and help us fight disease.

  8. Lynette Mitan
    March 10, 2015 at 3:22 am

    All contributors have valuable input. Thank you. In 1999, I authored and did the voice over for a mindful meditation CD with entrainment background, I launched meditation workshops that provide the knowledge of what happens in the brain as one meditates. inter-dialogue and meditation. Chas. Main, MD Rose Cancer Center and Fetzer Institute among other professionals have given testimony to this unique combination. Mindful meditation with entrainment is a holistic way to ease chronic pain, anxiety, stress and strengthens the person who struggles or is anxious in any way. Reflect back as I ask: Who isn’t concerned, stressed or struggling in some way, be it personal or professional? How is your sleep affected? Did you know that a person can live longer without food than a loss of sleep? I hope you find this helpful.

  9. Regina Dean Reed
    March 23, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Yes eating better and exercise makes a better happier worker and work place. I work from home but I try to drink more water and eat more fruit and veggies. I feel better and sleep better at night.