Worksite Wellness Resource Designed to Improve Health of Working Vermonters

For Immediate Release: February 19, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – One of the most successful Engelberth Construction, Inc. building projects in the company’s history does not involve a single brick, steel girder or block of concrete.

Under construction each day are healthy employees who take advantage of the company’s body maintenance program, on-site health screenings, a fitness center and fitness programs, a personal trainer, and a registered physical therapist.

The Health Department, in partnership with a Worksite Wellness Workgroup made up of experts from around the state, has developed a healthy worksite program. The Worksite Wellness Resource, part of the Fit & Healthy Vermonters initiative, will enable the creation of worksite wellness programs statewide similar to the one championed by Engelberth Construction.

“Every work site should set up a program that encourages employees to become involved in healthy behaviors such as physical activity, good nutrition, and tobacco cessation,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN.

The 25-page resource guide provides evidence based, best practice guidance on how to develop wellness programs tailored to meet the needs of small and large companies. The resource also allows for varying levels of involvement by the employer, ranging from simple programs that are easy to start up, to more complex initiatives.

The resource provides tools such as how to establish worksite healthy eating guidelines and tips on supporting physical activity during the workday.

The Vermont Worksite Wellness Resource is available at: http://healthvermont.gov/family/fit/worksitewellness.aspx

Decreased absenteeism, lower rates of employee turnover, and lower overall healthcare costs are some of the measurable benefits.

Engelberth Construction, based in Colchester, rewards employees who do not smoke or chew tobacco, maintain an acceptable blood pressure and cholesterol level, and keep their body fat percentage low, with a 30 percent discount on their health insurance premium. Dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, balancing disks, treadmills and bikes are now as critical to the corporate infrastructure as the windows and doors.

Engelberth was awarded the gold standard for continued excellence in work site wellness by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 2007.

“The success of our company has always been associated with the quality of our employees,” said Tom Clavelle, Engelberth Construction, Inc. executive vice president. “As employees achieve greater health, it strengthens and improves every aspect of our company.”

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