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Healthy Howard is an initiative that’s unique to Maryland and the region. We’re bringing together all facets of the community to create a public health model that can improve the health and well being of every resident. Take a look at what we’re doing and stay tuned for even more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-988-3737 ext 53.
Benefits of becoming a Healthy Workplace include:
Click here for a one-page summary outlining the Healthy Workplaces program.
The 2014 application will be available soon. Please contact email@example.com and we will send you a copy as soon as it becomes available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit items a week in advance whenever possible.
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.
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.
Phone: 410-988-3737 ext 53
Mail: Healthy Workplaces Program, Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD 21045