Workplace Wellness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of morbidity include cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. The incidence of these preventable conditions can be significantly reduced or even prevented by changing associated risk factors. Mounting health care costs have led many employers to take a look at implementing workplace health promotion strategies to help curb this growing problem.

Since most adults spend a large percentage of their day at work, the workplace has become an important setting to promote wellness and health. It is proven that employee wellness programs provide a number of benefits.

Employees involved in wellness programs lose weight, improve physical fitness, increase stamina and lower levels of stress. Employers have seen reduced health care costs, enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees, decreased rates of illness and injury, improved employee relations and morale, and increased productivity by having a worksite wellness program in place.

Based on research studies, medical costs fall about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs. Additionally, absentee day costs fall $2.73 for every dollar spent. This average return on investment suggests that wider adoption of these type programs could prove beneficial for budgets and productivity as well as health outcomes.

Hometown Health offers a customized incentives wellness program to municipalities insured through the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust. The goals are not only to save money but to have a happier, healthier workforce.

Features of this program include onsite annual biometric screenings, lunch and learns, flu shot events, an online health assessment accessible through the Hometown Health web portal, free telephonic health coaching seven days a week, and employee wellness challenges throughout the year.

The Florida League of Cities has also developed a Workplace Wellness Planner handbook that is geared specifically toward Florida municipalities. This handbook, along with the expertise of the FMIT’s in-house wellness coordinators, will ensure a successful wellness program that will fit and benefit your city.

For more information on the Hometown Health program, contact Florida League of Cities wellness coordinators Gwen Knight or Lindsey Fisher at

Gwen Knight is a Wellness Coordinator for the Florida League of Cities