Chapel Hill Wellness@Work was established in June 2011 through a unique collaborative between the Town of Chapel Hill and The University of North Carolina’s Department of Family Medicine. The goal of this special program is to create a culture of wellness for employees of the Town of Chapel Hill by providing both healthy living and wellness programs. The program is resulting in health care cost savings for the Town and its 679 full-time employees while improving overall employee health. It is built on the premise that easy access to basic preventative, minor illness, and educational health services can support employees in better managing their health while reducing medical costs.
Wellness@Work supports employees by offering a dedicated free employee-health clinic staffed with a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, tobacco cessation counselor and nutritionist. Employees can schedule appointments or walk-in, interact with the providers about their health goals, view their Health Risk Assessment data, and access health resources through a web-based portal: Chapel Hill Wellness at Work In addition, Wellness@Work offers programs such as walking groups, exercise classes, weight loss programs, health education presentations, gym memberships and free access to Town parks and recreation facilities. Programs offered to employees are tailored to the employee’s needs based on information from voluntary employee interest surveys. Employees also receive incentives to meet and maintain healthy goals.
Our most effective means of promotion is through our employees. We established an Employee Wellness Committee comprised of employee representatives from all departments and organizational levels. This is an enthusiastic, committed group that meets on a monthly basis. The committee focuses its efforts on developing wellness programming and policies and communicating information about worksite wellness to all Town employees. Activities of the employee wellness committee include:
- Creating an action plan for the wellness program that includes short-term and long-term goals
- Recommending policies that promote a healthy worksite and workforce
- Encouraging co-worker participation in wellness activities
- Helping to implement wellness activities
- Serving as the champions for wellness activities at the worksite
- Helping to evaluate the wellness program’s impact on employee health and healthcare costs