In September I blogged about how we and Maricopa County Public Health entered into a partnership with the Arizona Small Business Association and Viridian Health Management to train Arizona employers on the implementation of worksite wellness.  I’m happy to share with you that the Healthy Arizona Worksites program has launched.  

The purpose of the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is to help AZ employers successfully implement evidence-based healthy worksite initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses- reducing health care costs & increasing productivity. The partnership provides tools, information, technical assistance, and resources to design, implement, and evaluate healthy worksite initiatives in Arizona businesses. This program also connects employers with others in the community that are having success with their healthy worksite efforts. 

Creating healthy workplaces is a Winnable Battle in Arizona, especially when those programs reduce the impact of tobacco and obesity on Arizona’s workforce. When you consider the fact that more than 60% of U.S. adults spend half of their waking hours at work, it seems natural to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention in this environment. In turn it also seemed like a natural partnership to work with the Arizona Small Business Association and its more than 11,500 members. 

If you know of a business that might be interested in participating or have questions, check out the brand new Healthy Arizona Worksites website or contact Jason Sealy, Healthy Arizona Worksites Program Manager at 602-306-4000 or at [email protected].