Gundersen named one of of "America's Healthiest Companies"
Gundersen Health System is among an elite group of employers in the United States that can call itself one of "America's Healthiest Companies." Their commitment to the health and well-being of employees has been recognized by the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), and its local affiliate the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. The groups recently awarded Gundersen the Gold Well Workplace Award. Gundersen is one of only 18 other employers in Wisconsin to have received the award since 1991.
The Well Workplace Awards initiative is driven by a rigorous set of criteria WELCOA developed after spending years studying businesses' health and wellness programs. In order to achieve the Gold Well Workplace Award, Gundersen demonstrated how it meets WELCOA's seven benchmarks for achieving workplace wellness. The benchmarks range from capturing CEO support and creating a wellness team to creating a supportive environment and evaluating outcomes.
Programming for employees is helping create a healthier workforce with things like Minutes in Motion, Winning Weighs®, Shoe Crew, Journey to Freedom: Nicotine Cessation Program, our tobacco-free workplace policy, Employee Assistance Program, and the MyHealth Reward Program. Program impact is measured. Ultimately a healthier workforce helps lead us to lower healthcare costs. Many of these programs are also available for people in our community, positively impacting the health and wellness of our community.
Gundersen's efforts also make it a role model for other area employers. Programming can be provided on site for area business to improve the health of their workforce. Some examples include: Stress Management, Lunch & Learn Sessions, Smoking Cessation, and Personal Health Accessment (PHA). Areas of special focus include: tobacco cessation, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, physical activity, healthy aging, women's health and stress management. Health fairs, screenings and educational materials also available. For more information or assistance with establishing programming for your business check out the Business Link website.