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President Obama Recognizes Workplace Wellness Week

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

This past Fall, the American Heart Association supported a House of Representatives resolution designating the first full week of April as National Workplace Wellness Week, when employers across American will invest in the health of their workers. You can read more about Workplace Wellness Week here.

President Obama issued a letter earlier this week recognizing the importance of this week.

President Obama’s letter said this: “I send greetings to all who are observing National Workplace Wellness Week, and I join you in recognizing the strength of a healthy America.

The rising cost of health care is one of the most pressing financial challenges for our families and our Nation, and I share the sense of urgency that many Americans are voicing. By working to improve safety and health in the workplace, we can reduce costs, increase productivity, and implement best practices that further citizens’ well-being.

During National Workplace Wellness Week, employers will highlight the importance of this issue through smart, preventive health education and programming at the workplace. I commend Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Representative Charles Boustany, and Senator Tom Harkin for their accomplishments in promoting a healthier and more competitive American workforce.

Together with Congress, I am working to build on these accomplishments. I recently signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which includes $1 billion for prevention and wellness. Investments made now in the health of Americans will contribute to the long-term wellness of our individual citizens, our economy, and our Nation.”

This year, the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day falls TODAY, right in the middle of Workplace Wellness Week. Be sure to get up and moving for 30 minutes today!

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A Healthy Workforce is a Productive Workforce

Monday, April 6th, 2009

At an event last week, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (right, shown with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX))announced the reintroduction of the “Healthy Workforce Act”, which would offer tax credits to employers that provide wellness programs to their employees. To qualify for the tax credit, wellness programs must be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, and must offer at least three services from a list of options including: health education and health screening; a workplace committee to encourage and track employee participation; behavioral change activities focused on tobacco use, obesity, stress, and other health risks; and workplace policies to promote health and wellness. The American Heart Association supports the “Healthy Workforce Act” and joins the bill sponsors in calling on employers and employees to do their part to make prevention and wellness part of the workplace.
In the House, a companion bill was introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA).

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Workin’ 9 to 5 to for a National Workplace Wellness Week

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Think about what your day at work entails in terms of physical activity. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves sitting more and moving less at work. Since 1950, sedentary jobs have increased 83% in the United States, and obesity alone is costing American companies over $225 billion per year in health-related productivity losses.
Today, over 130 million Americans spend a significant part of their day at work, making the workplace environment one of the best opportunities to promote healthy habits for life; and healthy employees cost less, experience more satisfaction with their lives, and are more productive.
Together, with our employers and the government, we can and must work to address the health of working Americans through the promotion of workplace wellness initiatives. Currently, the American Heart Association strongly supports the National Workplace Wellness Week resolution, being considered in the House of Representatives. The designation of the first week of April as such a week would encourage private and public employers to voluntarily invest in the health of their employees through the creation of worksite health programs.
Urge your lawmakers to stand-up for the health of our workforce by cosponsoring the National Workplace Wellness Week resolution.

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