“A worksite wellness program is an organized approach to making the work environment, policies and programs support employee health and encourage positive lifestyle behaviors such as increased physical activity, improved healthy eating, decreased stress and reduced tobacco exposure.” — Minnesota Dept. of Health.
Freeborn County Public Health, through collaborative efforts with it’s community partners has coordinated a worksite coalition for achieving worksite wellness. The Freeborn County SHIP program in partnership with the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce will provide worksite technical assistance and direct programming for employers involved in the coalition. Mini-grants are available for employers in the coalition to implement new policies, systems, and environmental changes which support healthy lifestyles within their worksite.
To get your business or worksite involved in the Healthy Freeborn County: Achieving Wellness in the Workplace Coalition, please contact Ellen Kehr.
Freeborn County Worksites committed to “Wellness” in the workplace:
The following worksites have either signed the Vitality Project Employer Pledge or are currently working with SHIP on Worksite Wellness Programs. Together they are partners in developing a “Culture of Wellness’ in the workplace.
Freeborn County Coalition
Albert Lea Family YMCA
United way of Freeborn County
Albert Lea Tribune
United Employees credit Union
Green Lea Golf Course Trails Travel Center
Peterson, Savelkoul and Benda, Ltd
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services
Tri-State Tax Accounting and Refunds USA
Riverland Community College
Quimby Finacial Services
Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce
Albert Lea Medical Center
Albert Lea Convention &Visitors Bureau
Alamco Wood Products
The Children’s Center
City of Albert Lea
Albert Lea Schools (ISD #241)
St. John’s Lutheran Home
Daisy Blue Naturals
Zumbro River Brand
Alliance Benefit Group
Albert Lea Select
Current Initiatives Include:
- Working with Worksites to develop and implement Worksite Wellness Programs
- Supporting the Albert Lea-Freeborn County standing committee on Worksite Wellness.
- Providing participating worksites with programs and resources that support their individual wellness programs and action plans.
- SHIP / Freeborn County Employee Survey Results (This is an ongoing survey.)
- MDH SHIP Worksites Fact Sheet
- Prevention Minnesota Employer Resources
- Healthy MN Worksite ToolKit