Workplaces Working Hard for Wellness.

Congratulations to Howard County's 74 Healthy Workplaces!

Congratulations to our newly certified Healthy Workplaces! At the 5th Annual Healthy Workplaces Awards Ceremony on October 2nd, 2013, 74 Howard County businesses were recognized for their commitment to the health and wellness of more than 31,000 employees.  We are pleased to see such a wide variety of businesses represented, from the public, private and nonprofit sectors and across a wide range of industries, including health and human services, automotive repair, telecommunications, information technology and sales. 

Businesses are an integral part of our community and the Healthy Workplaces program designates workplaces throughout the county as “healthy” according to the evidence-based elements of:  Health Education, Supportive Social and Physical Environments, Integration of Worksite Wellness Program into Organizational Structure, Linkage with Related Programs, and Screening Programs.  Medaling criteria takes into account minimal, moderate and comprehensive steps workplaces can take to promote health and prevent chronic disease.  Since beginning in 2009, a total of 88 different workplaces have participated in the program, 21 of whom have participated all five years.  Please see below for the complete list of certified 2013 Healthy Workplaces and the descriptions of all their amazing wellness programs.
If your company is interested in joining the growing number of Howard County businesses committed to employee wellness, we encourage and welcome you to join the Healthy Workplaces program! For information, contact or call 410-988-3737 ext 53

Benefits of becoming a Healthy Workplace include:

  • Public acknowledgment of your achievement
  • A Healthy Workplaces plaque for display and increased visibility as your organization is listed with the program’s print and online publicity as well as in community publications
  • Technical assistance from Healthy Howard to support your current efforts as well as plan for future activities and policy development
  • A boost to employee morale as your commitment to their well-being is recognized
  • Improved employee health and productivity and the potential for cost savings
  • Worksite wellness newsletters and resources
  • Eligibility to win a monetary award for innovative policies and programs

Click here for a one-page summary outlining the Healthy Workplaces program.

Application Information and FAQs

The 2014 application will be available soon.  Please contact and we will send you a copy as soon as it becomes available.

Make Your Organization a Healthy Workplace

Request a copy of our Healthy Workplaces Toolkit to begin implementing the activities that will make your business healthier, happier and more productive. The toolkit is currently under revision but we can save your information and provide it to you when edits are complete.  We also issue an email newsletter on the 1st of every month that includes community events, announcement, services and wellness tips. To join the list or submit your announcement, please email Please submit items a week in advance whenever possible.

  • Are you interested in adopting a Healthy Vending Policy? Request our step by step manual.
  • Have you thought about implementing a Healthy Meeting Policy?  Request our sample policy.
  • Do you need help evaluating your wellness program? Request our manual describing the process.

Past Healthy Workplace Winners:

2012 Healthy Workplaces
2011 Healthy Workplaces
2010 Healthy Workplaces
2009 Healthy Workplaces

Workplace Wellness Resources

American Heart Association
Provides information about the Start! Walking program as well as information on becoming “Fit Friendly” certified.

American Cancer Society
Includes tips and information on planning health lunch meetings, communication tools for posting health messages throughout the workplace and employee health and wellness programs, including Active for Life, Choose to Change, Freshstart and Quitline.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Offers many worksite wellness tools, including:
Guide to Community Preventive Services – Worksite. The topics and their related
interventions were selected by the CDC as priorities for worksite health promotion.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
A site dedicated to preventing work-related illnesses and injuries.,

Partnership for Prevention (PfP)
Dedicated to advancing prevention as a whole is PCP’s priority. Their “Investing in Health Workplace Guide” is full of online resources. Contact them to join their efforts and to benefit from their work in creating a prevention culture in America.

Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)
Includes sample surveys, reports and case studies that give insight into the challenges and ultimate benefits of implementing worksite wellness programs and links to other important resources.

Healthiest Maryland Initiative
Offers a range of resources including Healthy Workforce 2010 and Beyond, sourcebook for large and small companies.

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Provides outreach and education to the local community through a wide range of classes, screenings and fitness programs.

Howard County Health Department
The Health Department is the sole government agency responsible for improving the health of Howard County. By State and County authority, the Health Department is charged with enforcement of certain federal, state and county laws and regulations. In addition to regulatory and enforcement work, the Health Department directly provides public health services.

Howard County Recreation and Parks
Provides opportunities to pursue safe and enjoyable leisure activities in balance with the protection and conservation of natural resources.

For more information

Phone: 410-988-3737 ext 53
Mail: Healthy Workplaces Program, Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD 21045