Employee health and wellness have always been at the top of our priority list at Standing Stone. This is why we’ve implemented several in-house wellness programs for our team over the years, including free bikes for employees, free yoga classes, discounts at the local YMCA, and countless company-sponsored race opportunities. Recently, we joined 200 other businesses around the U.S. in taking our wellness efforts a step further by joining the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Work@Health Program. Through this employer-based training program we are brewing up fun and creative strategies to prevent chronic illness and reduce injuries for our Standing Stone team.
Work@Health launched earlier this year with funds from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. The program aims to educate employees and their families about interventions that address chronic health conditions. So far, Standing Stone has dedicated nine months of training and development to create our in-house version of the program, Cheers to Health. With seed funding from Work@Health we launched our Stomp Out Stress portion of Cheers to Health in early October, and we’ll feature two more wellness focuses throughout the upcoming year.
With Stomp Out Stress, our goal is lessening stress for our staff with events and benefits that embrace a holistic approach to stress reduction. The program addresses preventing physical strain, decreasing financial anxiety, and tapping into relaxation techniques (including socializing with coworkers and volunteering) to improve the overall health of our team. So far, we’re having a great time!
Here’s our line-up of happenings and benefits for Stomp Out Stress, running October through November:
- Movie Night for all employees and their families
- In-house chair massages
- On-site finance classes, including Budgeting 101 and Getting Out of Debt
- Personalized stainless steel tumblers to encourage all-day hydration
- Vouchers for yoga classes at Rasa Yoga Center of Medford and Ashland
- All-employee volunteer project with Ashland Food Bank
- Company-wide safety meeting to address knife skills, emergency preparedness, and stretching/exercises to reduce work-related stress and injuries.
Work@Health’s goals include increasing the understanding of training needs of employers, and improving employers’ level of knowledge and awareness of workplace health programs. The program also seeks to grow the number of workplace health programs in the U.S., and promote peer-to-peer community-based cooperation and mentoring. We’re thrilled to be a part of this innovative and progressive approach with Cheers to Health.
Stay tuned for details about our next Cheers to Health programs, and visit the CDC’s website for more info about benefits, how to get involved, and current program news. Cheers to health!