America’s competitiveness relies on better health for its citizens. The money we spend for our poor health depresses wages, reduces profits, diverts money from other investments, and creates a feedback loop that only further accelerates poor health outcomes.
In cities and towns throughout the United States, business leaders are taking action to invest in workplace and community wellness and, in turn, are increasing economic competitiveness. The Health Means Business Champions Network empowers businesses of all sizes by providing tools and practical steps they can take to engage in health and economic issues. The Health Means Business Champions Network also helps advocacy and business leaders stay updated on wellness news, events, and best practices.
The Champions Network features:
- Wellness Pledge: Health Champions can show their commitment to making their communities healthier by taking the Champions Network Wellness Pledge. The pledge is the first step in the Champions Network and gives businesses, chambers of commerce, individuals, and community stakeholders access to practical resources, peer-to-peer networking, and more.
- Peer-to-Peer Sharing: The Champions Network encourages collaboration between communities and Health Champions around the country. Upon joining the network, Health Champions will have the opportunity to join other businesses, chambers of commerce, and community stakeholders in private online groups to share best practices and access practical tools to help improve the health in their communities.
- Online Resource Center: More than a simple listing of resources, the Online Resource Center includes up-to-date information on the national Health Means Business campaign and details how businesses, chambers of commerce, and community partners can take action to invest and engage in corporate and community health. The Online Resource Center addresses what it takes to build a healthy community where both people and businesses thrive, showcasing best practices from our Champions Network with easy to use tips, tools, and a Health Means Business Champions Handbook to help every community build a culture of health.
- Learning Modules: In-depth learning modules will help walk businesses and chambers of commerce through different ways to engage in community health. Modules include instruction on how to host a Health Means Business forum, become a Health Champion, and start a wellness committee at a company or local chamber.
- Fast Tracks: Fast Tracks are quick and easy tips businesses and chambers of commerce can use right away. The first in the series focuses on ways businesses can create healthier workplaces.
The Health Means Business campaign seeks to build workforces and communities that are happier, healthier, more productive, and better able to compete on the world stage. Our Champions Network aims to start a community wellness movement by empowering businesses to create healthier communities and accomplish our mission of a healthier America. Business and community leaders across the United States who are already building a culture of health know that making such investments is good for business and good for communities.
About the Health Means Business Campaign
The Health Means Business Champions Network is part of an exciting two-year commitment by the U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — in conjunction with local, state and regional chambers — to foster business engagement in the wellness of American communities. Learn more about the Campaign.