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Healthiest Maryland Businesses

What is Healthiest Maryland Businesses?

CEOs and leaders who join Healthiest Maryland Businesses are taking the first step towards creating an environment that supports healthy employees, an economic driver of your business' fiscal health!   A healthy business is a business that thrives because it has an employee health management strategy in place.  Having a wellness program ensures that everyone wins - employees and their families are healthier, and companies save on health care costs and absenteeism.

Whether you are just contemplating starting a workplace wellness program or you are fully engaged in a comprehensive employee health management strategy, joining Healthiest Maryland Businesses is a smart decision.  The information here will tell you how to join the Healthiest Maryland movement, guide you to resources for learning more about workplace wellness, and update you on Healthiest Maryland Businesses highlights including who else has joined.  For more information, contact dhmh.healthiestmaryland@maryland.gov.

What is Workplace Wellness?

"Workplace Wellness" is a term used to describe efforts by businesses to improve the health of its employees through use of program offerings and incentives. Working Marylanders spend an average of 9.2 hours per day at work leading to a decrease in the amount of time available for exercise and healthy eating. In part, this has led to an increase in the burden of chronic disease, much of which is preventable. Rising rates of chronic disease contribute to skyrocketing healthcare costs, which affect both employers and employees.

Workplace Wellness initiatives support employees and their families to make healthier choices so we can reduce chronic disease and our collective healthcare costs. These programs tend to focus on healthier food choices, increasing physical activity in and out of the workplace, and smoking cessation. By eating healthy, being physically active, and not smoking we can drastically reduce the human and economic toll of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

A comprehensive employee health management strategy will help to prevent and control chronic disease and other conditions that are identified to be a problem for your workforce.  Preventing and controlling chronic disease improves quality of life and a company’s bottom line.

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