Recognizing Excellence in Workplace Safey, Health and Wellness
Healthier Workforce Bulletin

Recognizing Excellence in Workplace Safety, Health and Wellness
Award and recognition programs are a way to demonstrate an employer’s commitment to improving employee health and creating a safe and healthy working environment. Moreover, achieving recognition singles businesses out as models for other employers and makes them a desired place to work.  Model companies implementing low-cost programs are influential, especially for small and medium sized businesses that lack resources or may not know where to start.  
For the Employer
There are a variety of award and recognition programs at the local, state and national levels. By participating in a program, employers have the opportunity to get free worksite assessments, gain insight on employee’s needs and interests and access tools and resources to improve identified areas for improvement.  Some of the programs available to Iowa employers include the Linn and Johnson County Worksite Wellness Awards, Blue Zones® Worksites, WELCOA Well Workplaces and SHARP, OSHA's Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program.

Model Total Worker Health Program
Cedar Rapids Waste Management, 2012 Winner of the Linn and Johnson County Worksite Wellness Awards, exemplifies Total Worker Health™ and how integrating safety, health and wellness benefit both the employees and the company.  John Foster, Compliance Manager, stated “We got into wellness because it was a safety issue.” The company had an older and overweight workforce and was having repetitive and serious back and shoulder injuries at a rate of 3-5 times a year for just 40 employees. By identifying a wellness champion within the company, they... Read More.

For the Researcher
The HERO Employee Health Management (EHM) Awards honors dedication and commitment to the field and acknowledges outstanding achievements in EHM practice in the areas of Leadership and Research. The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) is a national leader in the creation of Employee Health Management in Research, Education, Policy, Strategy, Leadership and Infrastructure. Learn more.

Policy Update
The Affordable Care Act has different provisions depending on the size of your business and a variety of measures that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance.  The US Small Business Administration has developed a website to provide small business owners with tools and information on the different key provisions that may apply to you depending on the size of your business.  Read more.

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Upcoming Events
For a more detailed listing of upcoming events and webinars, please visit our online calendar of events.

* Simple, Cost-Saving Strategies for Healthier Employees Panel Discussion
             -Thursday, February 20, 2013, 7:30-8:45am at the BioVentures in Coralville. Call 319-337-9637
               to register. $25 members/$40 future member.    
              -Sponsored by the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce.
Mercy Business Solutions Informal Roundtable on 'Social Media: An Engagement Tool for Employee Wellness" Presented by HWCE Outreach Director, Dr. Jenny Hall
              -Wednesday, March 13; 7:30-9:00am at the Mercy Health Plaza in Cedar Rapids
              -Email to register.
* Free Employee Wellness Webcast Workshops
              -On May 16 & 17, the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) is offering a conference webcast
                on employee wellness.  Register for one or more of the free webcasts here. Schedule also
                available also on the HWCE online calendar.
* Fight for Air Climb with the American Lung Association
              -April 7, 2013 in Des Moines, IA
              -Climb individually or create a corporate team
               -Click here for more information and to download a corporate wellness brochure
* Work, Stress, and Health 2013: Protecting and Promoting Total Worker Health
May 16-19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California
              -More information at

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