Healthy Living Programs
Blue Zones Worksites

Blue Zones Project® is partnering with employers across the Beach Cities to create healthier work environments and empowering employees to be happier, healthier and more productive.

The Blue Zones Worksite® Pledge promotes evidence-based actions and lifestyle principles to create healthier work environments for employees. The Pledge identifies best practices for optimizing the workplace environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice for employees while they are at work. Most of these actions have little to no cost for employers beyond the initial time necessary to set them up. Benefits to employers include increased productivity and a potential savings in healthcare costs.

Becoming a Blue Zones Worksite

  • Leadership: Are your organization’s leaders role modeling well-being behaviors and influencing an environment that supports the well-being of others?
  • Purpose: Does your organization have a purpose that employees connect with?
  • Habitat/Physical Environment: Does your worksite promote healthy practices and empower employees to make healthy choices through the physical layout and worksite setting?
  • Engagement/Creation of Social Networks: Does your organization have a clearly defined engagement strategy that uses an effective mix of communications, incentives and social events to help promote well-being improvement?
  • Policies and Benefits: Are your organization’s HR policies and benefits designed to encourage well-being?
  • Well-Being Solutions: Does your organization provide engaging solutions to support employee efforts to improve and sustain well-being?

Blue Zones Worksites in the Beach Cities

WorkWell to LiveWell
BCHD’s Employee Wellness Program

Committing to the development of your organization’s culture is a valuable investment – it’s the environment you create for your people. Positive culture attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness, satisfaction and performance and is a catalyst for individual- and organization-level change. Successful employee wellness programs are coordinated and comprehensive, utilizing programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports and links to the surrounding community.  

BCHD’s “WorkWell to LiveWell” employee wellness program works with employers to create healthier work environments and empower employees to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. The “WorkWell to LiveWell” program is a unique, holistic model that links five essential elements of well-being (Purpose, Social, Financial, Physical & Community) to address all aspects of employee health and well-being.

The comprehensive program components include:

Biometric Screen: A biometric screen is a quick health examination that determines your overall health and risk levels of certain medical conditions.

Health Risk Assessment: The health risk assessment is a health questionnaire, used to provide individuals with an evaluation of their health risks and quality of life.

Wellness Challenges: Time-limited wellness challenges offer employees the opportunity to learn about and practice healthy behaviors by completing specific wellness activities to earn points towards a prize. 

Wellness Portal: The wellness portal is an all-in-one corporate wellness platform, to manage all aspects of the wellness program such as scheduling the biometric screen, completing the HRA, participating in challenges (e.g., tracking points) and registering for events. 

Program Evaluation: Pre- and post-evaluation as well as challenge feedback and participation are key to learn, modify and expand programming based on your employees’ needs.

WorkWell to LiveWell worksites:

  • City of Redondo Beach
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District

To learn more about implementing a comprehensive employee wellness program, contact BCHD’s Worksite Wellness Coordinator Sogia Thach at sogia.thach@bchd.org or 310-374-3426, ext 273. 

 

Resources
The Wellness Council of America 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthier Worksite Initiative