The Town of Chapel Hill was recently named one of the Triangle’s Healthiest Employers by the Triangle Business Journal because of its innovative employee wellness program designed and delivered by UNC Family Medicine called Wellness@Work.
Chapel Hill, NC — On December 6, the Town of Chapel Hill was named one of the Triangle’s Healthiest Employers by the Triangle Business Journal because of its innovative employee wellness program called Wellness@Work. Chapel Hill Wellness@Work was established in 2011 through a collaborative partnership between the Town of Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care’s Department of Family Medicine. The umbrella program, Wellness@Work, is a program designed and delivered by UNC Family Medicine medical professionals to provide comprehensive health and wellness programs for local employers that translate into tangible benefits. Those benefits include reduced absenteeism, lower health care costs, and higher productivity. UNC Family Medicine is in the process of designing a tailored Wellness@Work program for the Town of Hillsborough and is in talks with other area employers to further expand the program.
Reduced cost was especially important to the Town of Chapel Hill who employs more than 660 full-time employees on a tight budget. “We believe that easy access to basic preventative health services and education can help employees better manage their health needs, while reducing medical costs,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. And he was right. Due to the establishment of a dedicated employee wellness clinic and easy employee access to many additional prevention services, the Town has already decreased its insurance premiums by over $100,000.
Chapel Hill Wellness@Work worked with representatives from the Town’s employee group to tailor its program to the specific needs of the Town’s workforce. It includes programs to support tobacco cessation, 919-966-8081.