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Worksite Wellness

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C-UPHD employees flex with the fitness director of the Urbana Park District, who taught Fitness Friday workout classes at C-UPHD. You don't have to have a gym at work to work out!

Worksite Wellness

Why Worksite Wellness?

Worksite wellness is effective.

  • Employees spend approximately 36 percent of their total waking hours at work. This makes the worksite an ideal place to provide people with the knowledge and skills needed to help improve attitudes and behaviors concerning health.
  • Worksite wellness programs encourage employees to be physically active, eat healthy foods and live tobacco free.
  • Each workplace wellness program is unique.
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Worksite wellness is a good investment.

  • At least 50 percent of an organization's healthcare costs are driven by the lifestyle-related behaviors of its employees, such as smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise.
  • Fit employees are more productive employees, with more mental alertness, fewer sick days, fewer accidents, higher morale, and lower job turnover.
  • The typical return on investment for a comprehensive worksite wellness program is approximately $3 saved for every $1 spent.
  • The average reduction in health-plan costs, sick leave, disability costs, and workers' compensation is more than 25 percent for well-designed worksite wellness programs.
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We will support you.

  • The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD) offers worksite wellness training and technical assistance to Champaign County employers.
  • CUPHD has resources to help you:
    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your worksite's wellness and health promotion policies and programs.
    • Develop an action plan for a worksite wellness program or improve an existing program.
    • Implement your wellness program.
    • Evaluate your wellness initiatives.

See C-UPHD's worksite wellness brochure for more information.

Read C-UPHD's Champaign County Worksite Wellness Newsletter.

Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation

The Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation was created in 2014 to recognize workplaces with healthy practices that benefit both employers and employees. The designation is sponsored by the Governor's Council on Health & Fitness, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The 3-year award includes gold, silver and bronze achievement levels. Award recipients receive state-wide recognition and a certificate of achievement from the Governor's Office.

Employers can apply for the Illinois Healthy Worksite designation by submitting an application to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Award recipients will be announced in April and October each year. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District can assist with the application process.

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Champaign County Healthy Worksite award winners discuss their worksite wellness programs, 7-1-14.

Current Champaign County Healthy Worksite Award Winners



For more information on the Healthy Worksite Designation, see C-UPHD's brochure.


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Work@Health is a comprehensive worksite wellness training program designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program helps employers develop a skill set and capacity to build or enhance a science-based workplace health program. C-UPHD offers the Work@Health training for Champaign County employers.

Work@Health training topics include:

  • Making the Business Case
  • Assessing Your Worksite
  • Building Leadership Support
  • Developing Policy, Benefit, and Environmental Supports
  • Designing Effective Communications
  • Evaluating Your Program
  • Planning and Designing Your Program
  • Implementing and Sustaining Your Program

See our Work@Health Brochure for more information.

For more information on Work@Health, see the CDC's page here.


  1. www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
  2. www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes/
  3. www.idph.state.il.us/wechoosehealth/ai_presentations/Building_Healthy_Environment.pdf
  4. www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/