U.S. Chamber Hosts Workplace Wellness Event to Highlight New Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for the Business Community

April 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—To commemorate “National Workplace Wellness Week,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center today hosted a forum entitled, “Workplace Wellness: How Business is Part of the Solution,” to address the state of workplace wellness programs and highlight the new trends, challenges, and opportunities to improve health and wellness.

“The trend is now clear,” said Randy Johnson, senior vice president for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits for the U.S. Chamber. “Workplace wellness programs are now front and center in becoming another tool by which employers can help control health care costs while improving the morale and health of their employees. While every employer is different and the form of wellness programs varies from simple to complex, developments in this area are truly a win-win for both employers and employees.”

Worksite wellness programs continue to be a vitally important mechanism to improve health and control costs. These programs keep employees healthy, and studies demonstrate that healthier employees are more productive at work. Communities are the foundation for our nation’s public health system, and at the forefront of providing support to local businesses.

Keynote speakers, including Paul Speranza Jr., the vice chairman, general counsel, and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and a variety of experts and employers in the area, provided insight for business leaders on how to set up workplace wellness programs, share best practices, and address opportunities for partnerships.

“In Rochester N.Y., we believe that wellness and health care community collaboratives, which truly involve every segment of society, are the wave of the future because of the results we have obtained,” said Speranza.

A thorough manual on best practices and the underlying rationales for workplace wellness programs entitled, “Healthy Workforce: 2010 and Beyond,” is available here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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