Worksite Wellness

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promoting employee wellness at vermont workplaces

Worksite wellness programs and policies are very important for helping adults lead healthy lives. Employers can help reduce chronic disease risk factors, support emotional and mental health, and boost productivity for their employees when they remove barriers to healthy food choices, physical activity, and accessing preventive services. In return, investing in worksite wellness programs can help curb health care costs and may have other financial benefits.   

We are committed to partnering with workplaces to help develop or expand wellness programs and policies. We can also connect worksites with resources, partners and grant opportunities. Open grant opportunities through the Health Department will be listed below. 

Every worksite is at a different stage in developing wellness programs or policies. Easy Steps to Creating a Healthy Workplace can help employers prioritize when getting started. These are evidence-based strategies to promote healthier work environments. For more information on implementing these and other strategies, see our Creating a Healthier Worksite resource.

Annual Worksite Wellness Conference 

Registration for the 2017 Worksite Wellness Conference is now open! The Vermont Department of Health is partnering with the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to host the annual Worksite Wellness Conference on March 23rd, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. The conference brings together over 400 business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists from across the state to share ideas for inspiring employees to make healthy choices both on and off the job. Concurrent workshops in the afternoon will dive deeper into a variety of subjects, including physical activity and nutrition in the workplace, employee engagement, stress reduction, and several other topics.

Register Here 

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Creating a Healthier Worksite


Creating a Healthier Worksite Resource  

This resource is for employers, human resource professionals, or any employees interested in promoting health in the workplace. It contains potential strategies, success stories, and a toolkit with sample policies and other resources to help identify and implement successful changes.  

 

 

More Worksite Wellness Resources

Promoting wellness at the worksite can encompass a wide array of initiatives. Employers may need support on specific topics, depending on their worksite and employees’ needs. The following resources or organizations may help:

State of Vermont Healthy Food Standards

Tobacco cessation

Cultural competency, inclusivity, and English Language Learner classes

Gardens

Mental Health

Injury prevention and workplace safety

Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer Project

Family friendly worksite policies improve employee recruitment and retention. Adopting a lactation policy is a good business decision. Employers receive a return on investment, primarily due to the reduced cost of health care. 

Breastfeeding employees who are returning to work outside the home need appropriate space and adequate time to express breastmilk. This right is protected by law in Vermont.

The Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project recognizes Vermont worksites that provide accommodations for breastfeeding employees returning to work. A written policy is not required, but is strongly recommended. The Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer Project was created as a result of recommendations by the Breastfeeding Study Commission, established by the Vermont Legislature in 2000. The project is supported by the Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and the Vermont Departments of Health, Economic Development, and Personnel.

Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project Application  

For more information on the Breastfeeding Friendly Project, contact the Division of Maternal and Child Health.

Breastfeeding-Friendly Employers

Breastfeeding Friendly Employers, by County

Addison County

Employer

Town

Addison County Fair and Field Days

Middlebury

Addison County Home Health & Hospice

Middlebury

Addison County Parent Child Center

Middlebury

Community College of Vermont

Middlebury

Co-operative Insurance Companies, Inc.

Middlebury

Counseling Service of Addison County Community Associates

Middlebury

CPC of Vermont, Inc.

Middlebury

Down Home Deli/Market

East Middlebury

EastView at Middlebury

Middlebury

Family Services Middlebury District Office

Middlebury

Holden Financial Services

Middlebury

Law Office of Cindy Hill

Middlebury

Mary Hogan Elementary School

Middlebury

Mary Johnson Children's Center

Middlebury

Middlebury College

Middlebury

Mount Abraham Union High School

Bristol

Porter Medical Center

Middlebury

Questech Metals

Middlebury

Rainbow Pediatrics

Middlebury

Ripton Elementary School

Ripton

Tapestry Midwifery

Vergennes

Vergennes Union High School

Vergennes

Vermont Department of Health - Middlebury District Office

Middlebury

Women Safe, Inc.

Middlebury

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Bennington County

Employer

Town

Arlington Area Childcare d/b/a Happy Days Play School

Arlington

Community College of Vermont

Bennington

Kids 'N Kin Childcare Center

Bennington

Manchester Community Library

Manchester Center

Mount Anthony Union Middle School

Bennington

Northshire Day School

Manchester Center

South Western Vermont Medical Center

Bennington

The Vermont Country Store

Manchester Center

VT Department of Health - Bennington District Office

Bennington

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Caledonia County

Employer

Town

Barnet Elementary School

Barnet

Buffalo Mountain Coop

Hardwick

Burke Town School

West Burke

Caledonia Home Health Care and Hospice

St. Johnsbury

Community College of Vermont

St. Johnsbury

David Toll, MD

St. Johnsbury

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

St. Johnsbury

Farm Country Insurance

St. Johnsbury

Hardwick Chiropractic

Hardwick

Kingdom Montessori School

Lyndonville

Lyndon Furniture

Lyndon

Lyndon Institute

Lyndon Center

Lyndon State College

Lyndonville

Lyndon Town School

Lyndonville

McDonalds

St. Johnsbury

Miller's Run School

Sheffield

Mobile Medical International Corporation

St. Johnsbury

Morrison's Feed Bag

St. Johnsbury

NECKA Parent Child Center

St. Johnsbury

New Beginnings Child Care Center

St. Johnsbury

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

St. Johnsbury

Riverside Life Enrichment Center

Lyndonville

Riverside School

Lyndonville

Ryegate Small Animal Clinic

East Ryegate

St. Johnsbury Academy

St.Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab

St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury Pediatrics

St. Johnsbury

The White Market

Lyndonville

Town of Hardwick

Hardwick

Umbrella, Inc.

St. Johnsbury

VT Department of Health - St. Johnsbury District Office

St. Johnsbury

Vermont Community Action Head Start

Boltonville Center

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Chittenden County

Employer

Town

American International Distribution Corporation

Williston

Brewster Pierce Memorial School

Huntington

Browns River Middle School

Jericho

Burlington Primary Care

Burlington

Burton Snowboards

Burlington

Century 21 The Martin Agency

Essex Junction

Champlain Vocational Services

Colchester

Charlotte Central School

Charlotte

Choice Strategies, Division of WageWorks

South Burlington

Community College of Vermont

Winooski

Discover Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Burlington

Evergreen Family Health

Williston

Essex Middle School

Essex Junction

Founders School

Essex Junction

Gallagher, Flynn & Co.

Burlington

Greater Burlington YMCA

Burlington

Hagan, Rhinehardt & Connolly Pediatricians

Burlington

Hampton Direct, Inc.

Williston

Howard Center

Burlington

IBM

Essex Junction

Kelliher Samets Volk

Burlington

Let's Grow Kids

Burlington

Lund Family Center

Burlington

Matrix Health Systems

Burlington

Milton Family Community Center

Milton

Mirabelle's

Burlington

Mount Mansfield Union High School

Jericho

National Gardening Association

Williston

North American PlayCare, Inc. d/b/a The PlayCare Center

Richmond

Open Tempo

Williston

Orbit Hair Design

South Burlington

Outdoor Gear Exchange

Burlington

Pediatric Medicine

South Burlington

Physician's Computer Company

Winooski

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Burlington

Richmond Elementary School

Richmond

Shelburne Community School

Shelburne

Sweet Clover Market

Essex

Tetra Tech ARD

Burlington

Toys R Us

Williston

Trudell Consulting Engineers

Williston

University of Vermont(exit VDH)

Burlington

University of Vermont Medical Center - Given Health Care

Burlington

University of Vermont Medical Center - Women's Health Care Services

Burlington

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services / Office of Security & Integrity, Personnel Security Division

South Burlington

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Burlington

Vermont Public Radio

Colchester

Visiting Nurse Association

Colchester

VT Department of Health - Burlington District Office

Burlington

VT Department of Health - Community Public Health

Burlington

Vermont CARES

Burlinton

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Essex County

Employer

Town

Brighton Elementary School

Island Pond

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Franklin County

Employer

Town

Abbey Group, The

Enosburg

A. N. Deringer, Inc.

St. Albans

Ballet School of Vermont, The

St. Albans

Barry Callebaut

St. Albans

Bellows Free Academy Fairfax

Fairfax

Bellows Free Academy St. Albans

St. Albans

Choice Physical Therapy

St. Albans

City of St. Albans

St. Albans

Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center

St. Albans

Community College of Vermont

St. Albans

Dickinson & Branon Dental Care

St. Albans

Duke's Fitness Center

St. Albans

Fairfax Community Library

Fairfax

Fairfield Center School

Fairfield

Fletcher Elementary School

Fletcher

Franklin Central Supervisory Union

St. Albans

Franklin County Caring Communities

St. Albans

Franklin County Home Health Agency

St. Albans

Georgia Elementary and Middle School

St. Albans

Georgia Public Library

Fairfax

Maple City Candy

Swanton

Mapleleaf Montessori

St. Albans

Messenger Print & Design

St. Albans

Northwestern Medical Center

St. Albans

Peoples Trust Company of Vermont

Enosburg Falls, Georgia, St. Albans, Swanton

Sheldon Elementary School

Sheldon

S. R. Smith Real Estate

St. Albans

St. Albans City School

St. Albans

St. Albans Free Library

St. Albans

St. Albans Messenger

St. Albans

St. Albans Town

St. Albans

St. Albans Town Educational Center

St. Albans

Superior Technical Ceramics

St. Albans

Train Station

St. Albans

Village Hair Company

St. Albans

VT Department of Health - St. Albans District Office

St. Albans

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Grand Isle County

Employer

Town

Folsom Education and Community Center

South Hero

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Lamoille County

Employer

Town

Appleseed Pediatrics

Morrisville

Behavioral Health & Wellness Center

Morrisville

Community College of Vermont

Morrisville

Community Dental Clinic

Morrisville

Copley Health Systems

Morrisville

Dunkin Donuts Morrisville

Morrisville

Lamoille Family Center

Morrisville

Napa Auto Parts

Morrisville

Morrisville Family Health Center

Morrisville

Neurology Clinic

Morrisville

Smugglers' Notch Resort

Jeffersonville

Stowe Family Practice

Stowe

VT Department of Health - Morrisville District Office

Morrisville

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Orange County

Employer

Town

Center for Northern Woodlands Education

Corinth

Clara Martin Center

Randolph

Creative Spirit Children's Center

West Fairlee

Flanders Market

Chelsea

Mascoma Savings Bank

Chelsea, South Strafford

Orange County Parent Child Center

Chelsea

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Orleans County

Employer

Town

Community College of Vermont

Newport

Coventry Village School

Coventry

Glen Robinson, PC

Newport

Dr. Dennis LeBlanc

Derby

Jay/Westfield Elementary School

Jay

Lake Region Union High School

Orleans

North Country Hospital

Newport

North Country Union High School

Newport

North Country Union Jr. High School

Derby

Children's Integrated Services - Orleans/Essex Region

Newport

NEKCA Head Start / Early Head Start

Barton

North Country Pediatrics

Newport

Orleans Elementary School

Orleans

State of Vermont - Newport District Offices - Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department for Children and Families Economic Services

Newport

Wright's Enterprises

Newport

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Rutland County

Employer

Town

Assistive Intelligence, Inc.

Pawlet

Community College of Vermont

Rutland

Casella Waste Management

Rutland

Castleton State College - Admissions Office

Castleton

CHCRR Pediatrics

Rutland

Laughing Child Farm

Pawlet

Midas Automotive Systems Experts

Rutland

Pawlet Public Library

Pawlet

Promise Lactation Consulting

Wells

Questech Metals

Rutland

Rutland City Public Schools

Rutland

Rutland Mental Health Services

Rutland

Rutland Town School

Rutland

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland

Sal's Italian Restaurant

Wallingford

Stone Valley Community Market

Poultney

Tattersall's Clothing & Accessories

Rutland

Tree Song Doula

Pawlet

VT Department of Health - Rutland District Office

Rutland

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Washington County

Employer

Town

Aartistic, Inc.

Montpelier

Aldrich Public Library

Barre

Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center

Barre

Berlin Veterinary Clinic

Montpelier

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

Montpelier

Center for Achievement in Public Service (CAPS)

Montpelier

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice

Berlin

Central Vermont Medical Center

Berlin

Community College of Vermont

Montpelier

Dunkin Donuts

Montpelier

Family Center of Washington County

Montpelier

Good Beginnings of Central Vermont

Montpelier

Heather's Nearly New

Montpelier

Hunger Mountain Cooperative, Inc.

Montpelier

National Life Group

Montpelier

Office of the Governor

Montpelier

Onion River Animal Hospital

Middlesex

Positive Pie

Montpelier

Red Hen Baking Company

Middlesex

Savoy Theatre

Montpelier

Sugarbush Resort

Warren

SunCommon

Waterbury

TDS Telecom

Northfield

The Children's Space

Waterbury

The Vermont Commission on Women

Montpelier

Union Elementary School

Montpelier

Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Montpelier

Vermont Community Loan Fund

Montpelier

Vermont Department of Health - Barre District Office

Barre

Vermont Department of Social & Rehabilitative Services

Waterbury

Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Montpelier

Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Montpelier

VSECU

Montpelier

Women & Children First

Barre

Zutano, Inc.

Cabot

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Windham County

Employer

Town

AIDS Project of Southern VT

Brattleboro

Amy's Bakery Arts Café

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Centre for Children

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Food Coop

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Hearing Center

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Savings and Loan

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Town School District

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Union High School #6 District

Brattleboro

Chroma Technology Corp

Bellows Falls

Community College of Vermont

Brattleboro

Dummerston Town School District

East Dummerston

Early Education Services

Brattleboro

Everyone's Books

Brattleboro

Family Garden, The

Brattleboro

Flatter Me Hair Salon

Brattleboro

G.S. Precision, Inc.

Brattleboro

Grace Cottage Hospital

Townshend

Guilford Town School District

Guilford

Hermitage Inn

West Dover

Holton Home

Brattleboro

Hilltop House

Brattleboro

Just So Pediatrics

Brattleboro

Kids in the Country Childcare and Preschool

East Dover

Marlboro College

Marlboro

Mount Snow Ski Resort

West Dover

Mulberry Bush Early Learning Center

Brattleboro

Natural Patches of Vermont, Inc.

Bellows Falls

Neighboorhood Schoolhouse

Brattleboro

New England Center for Circus Arts

Brattleboro

Omega Optical

Brattleboro

Park Place Financial Advisors

Brattleboro

Pine Heights

Brattleboro

Putney Town School District

Putney

River Valley Credit Union

Brattleboro

Side Hill Farm

Brattleboro

SkiHome Realty

West Dover

Sojourns Community Health Clinic

Westminster

State of Vermont - Brattleboro State Office Building: Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Children and Families, Vermont Department of Health

Brattleboro

Timson Hill Preschool

Williamsville

Thompson House

Brattleboro

Town of Putney

Putney

Twombly Wealth Management

Brattleboro

Vermont Country Deli

Brattleboro

Vernon Elementary School

Vernon

Vernon Town School District

Vernon

VT Department of Health - Brattleboro District Office

Brattleboro

West Bee Nursery School

Brattleboro

Winston Prouty Center for Child Development

Brattleboro

World Learning, Inc.

Brattleboro

Windham Child Care Association

Brattleboro

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Windsor County

Employer

Town

Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community

Windsor

Community College of Vermont

Springfield, White River Junction

Corporate Lactation Services

Chester

Department for Children and Families - Family Services Division

Springfield

Economic Services

Springfield

Family Place, The

Norwich

FOGGS Hardware

Norwich

Gill Odd Fellow Home

Ludlow

Green Mountain Children's Center

White River Junction

Hartford Memorial Middle School

White River Junction

Hartford High School

White River Junction

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont

Springfield

Historic Homes of Runnemede

Windsor

Lincoln Street, Inc.

Springfield

King Arthur Flour

Norwich

Mascoma Savings Bank

Bethel, Hartland, Norwich, Springfield, Winsdor, Woodstock, White River Junction

Office of Child Support - Southeast Region

Springfield

Okemo Mountain Resort

Ludlow

Ottaquechee Health Center

Woodstock

Ottaquechee School

Quechee

Rutland Windsor Supervisory Union

Ludlow

SEVCA Head Start

Springfield

Sidewalk Florist

South Royalton

Springfield Area Parent Child Center

Springfield

Springfield Family Center

Springfield

Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center

Spingfield

Springfield Hospital

Springfield

Springfield Probation and Parole

Springfield

Springfield School District

Springfield

Tami's Head Lines

Windsor

Two Rivers Supervisory Union

Chester

Upper Valley Haven, Inc.

White River Junction

Veremedy Pet Hospital

White River Junction

VocRehab Vermont

Springfield

VT Department of Health - Springfield District Office

Springfield

VT Department of Health - White River Junction District Office

White River Junction

Vermont Vocational/Rehabilitation

White River Junction

White River Family Practice

White River Junction

Windsor Early Childhood Education Center

Windsor

Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Windsor

World of Discovery, Inc.

White River Junction

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New Hampshire

Employer

Town

Cafe Services, Inc.

Londonderry

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Lebanon

Mascoma Savings Bank

Lebanon

Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT & NH

West Lebanon

Woman's Way Midwifery

Peterborough

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Worksite Wellness Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities through the Vermont Department of Health to promote worksite wellness are listed below. 

Green Thumbs at Work: Employee Garden Grants

Who’s eligible?

Green Thumbs at Work grants are available for small businesses and organizations, with 100 or fewer employees, to establish workplace food gardens for their employees.

What’s included?

The grant award includes $500 for materials, a $200 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and $1,000 in garden planning support and technical assistance from gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi and the Vermont Community Garden Network. 

Application deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017

Winners announced: Friday, February 24, 2017

More info and online application: http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/green-thumbs-at-work/

The Green Thumbs at Work Grant Program is a partnership of the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network with support from Charlie Nardozzi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and Gardener’s Supply Company.

Staff in local health offices are available to help worksites develop strategies for their individual worksite.

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