Maryland is a statewide movement to create a culture of wellness—an environment
that makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice. It is a “grasstops” campaign
to engage leadership in promoting wellness within their sphere of
influence. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance
of a healthy workforce, recruit business leaders who will incorporate healthy
policies into the workplace, publicly recognize their commitment and success,
and improve their bottom-line.
is worksite wellness?
Wellness" is a term used to describe efforts by businesses to improve the
health of their employees with health promoting programs, policies,
benefits and environmental supports. Initiatives support employees and
their families to make healthier choices, help them reduce chronic disease, and
decrease healthcare costs. Many worksite wellness programs focus
on nutrition, daily physical activity in and out of the workplace, smoking
cessation, and preventive services, and may also include a focus on developing
purpose, work-life balance, all of which can lead to a culture of health at the
are the benefits of promoting employee wellness?
wellness program helps everyone win - companies can save on healthcare
costs and absenteeism while benefiting from improved productivity and
performance while employees and their families are healthier. A healthy
business is a business that thrives because it has employee health management
strategies in place. Healthier employee lifestyles should also extend
into their family and community’s health.
should join HMB?
Maryland Businesses are Maryland organizations (corporations, small businesses,
non-profit organizations, academic institutions, government organizations,
etc.) with top leadership that are committed to improving the health of their
employees. Some businesses already have comprehensive worksite wellness
programs in place and others are taking the first steps towards improving
steps do I take to commit to Healthiest Maryland Businesses?
become a Healthiest Maryland Business, visit the page on how to join.
Do not worry if you are just getting started, we have resources available
to help you.
is required of me if I join Healthiest Maryland Businesses?
you join, we ask that you help us in our vision to create a work environment
for all Marylanders that promotes health and well-being. This includes
recruiting additional businesses to join Healthiest Maryland by proudly
displaying your Healthiest Maryland credentials to the public. In addition, we
ask that you take an annual Worksite Health
will help to assess strengths and areas where we can be of support.
There is no cost for businesses to become a recognized Healthiest Maryland Business. We ask that you commit to making healthier workplaces for Maryland workers. HMBs are leading by example
in making health promotion and disease prevention an integral part of their
All HMBs in good standing may use and display the HMB logo. There may be opportunities to highlight successes of HMBs through success stories and specific events. We take pride that we have so many businesses
in the State of Maryland that are invested in their employee’s well-being, and
want others to distinguish the many exemplary organizations that are improving
the health of Marylanders. Commited businesses are recognized annually through an award process.
have access to free consultation with one of our highly trained worksite
wellness specialists who can offer customized resources tailored for your
organization. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for specific topic related resources or check out CDC's Workplace Health Resource Center.
happens after I join?
you join, the next step for your organization is to take action! Our
team will be in contact with you to discuss your needs and goals and
help you create a plan for success.
this a worksite wellness certification program?
this is not a certification program. This is a statewide recognition
program to help bring awareness to businesses, employees, and communities about
the importance of worksite wellness. The Healthiest Maryland Businesses
are those leaders invested in improving their employee’s health and work
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