Worksite Wellbeing Program

The Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program has opened applications for Worksite Wellbeing Technical Assistance for FY20-22.  The program provides business or organizations results oriented solutions to foster a “culture of health” at work.  Each worksite will receive up to three years of technical assistance, a WELCOA membership, and other evidence based resources.

The workplace is an important setting for health promotion and disease prevention programs. On average, individuals working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at work. Employers have abundant opportunities to promote individual health and foster a healthy work environment. The use of effective workplace wellness programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve your employee’s quality of life.

  • For organizations, workplace wellness programs have the potential to impact health care costs, absenteeism, productivity, recruitment/retention, culture and employee morale.
  • For individuals, workplace wellness programs have the potential to positively impact employee health behaviors, such as physical activity, nutrition, quitting tobacco and getting screened for cancer.
  • Employers, workers, their families and communities all benefit from the prevention of disease and injury and from continued health.

To apply, visit Worksite Wellbeing 2020 Application. Applications are due by 5:00 PM April 12, 2019.  If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Jen MacFarlane at jen.macfarlane@gallatin.mt.gov or call (406)582-3189.

 

 

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces

Providing mothers with a Breastfeeding Friendly workplace is more than just a requirement of state labor laws, there significant benefits for employers. A study of several companies with lactation support programs showed that they retained 94.2% of their employees after maternity leave, compared with the national average of only 59%.1

On top of that, supporting breastfeeding employees saves money in health care costs, decreases employee absenteeism, and improves recruitment and retention.

Apply to be a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Ortiz J., McGilligan K., Kelly P. (2004). Duration of breast milk expression among working mothers enrolled in an employer-sponsored lactation program. Pediatr Nurs; 30:111-119.