Chesco Health Dept. offers wellness programs

The Chester County Health Department is offering free work-site wellness programs for interested businesses located within the county.

Through this collaborative initiative, the Chester County Health Department will guide Chester County businesses in the development and implementation of effective wellness programs, said a department press release.

“The addition of a results-driven wellness program is one of the most effective ways that a business can help its employees adopt healthier lifestyles while decreasing health care costs, rates of absenteeism and work-site stress,” Jeanne Casner, director of the Chester County Health Department, said in the release.

The Chester County Health Department’s worksite wellness program can assist in the creation of a wellness action plan specific to a business’s employee profile; coordinate elements of a wellness program, including biometric screenings, massage therapy, on-site healthy cooking demonstrations, raised garden beds and education on health topics such as cholesterol management and sleep hygiene.

In addition, the program can lend technical assistance to businesses to implement wellness programs, and assess the extent to which a business’s current wellness program has implemented evidence-based, health-promotion strategies.

The project is funded by the state’s Department of Health’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. Chester County businesses interested in enrolling in the worksite wellness program should contact Elizabeth Herzberger, Chester County public health educator at eherzberger@chesco.org or call 610-344-5205.

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