SONOMA COUNTY - Employers will soon be invited to participate in a region-wide worksite wellness initiative that seeks to improve the health of the local work force as well as recognize the county's healthiest businesses.
A project team of the county-assembled Sonoma Health Action Council met earlier this month to initiate the employers' piece of the group's "2020 vision" - a worksite wellness program. The group's mission includes a list of health indicators it would like to improve by the year 2020 through the implementation of targeted programs related to healthy foods, preventative health care and physical activity.
The committee has already initiated one program called iWalk since it was first convened in late 2007, and tentative plans call for the release of a second and third this fall and into the beginning of next year, including a medical-home pilot and a healthy foods initiative, iGrow. The worksite wellness program is part of a simultaneous effort to rally specific populations.
On Aug. 13, the worksite subcommittee led by Northern California Center for Well-Being Executive Director Alena Wall reviewed the preliminary design for the standardized wellness program as well as an implementation strategy.
The group included Sonoma County Economic Development Board Director Ben Stone; Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Coordinator Anthony Taylor; and representatives from Kaiser Permanente; Medtronic CardioVascular; and the Network for a Healthy California. Other partners in the effort include the Sonoma County Employers Coalition on Health and the Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition.