What is a Wellness Council?
A Wellness Council is a diverse team of individuals who work to improve the health and well-being of their co-workers and the organization as a whole. They support employee-focused activities and organizational changes to create a healthy workplace where employees can thrive.
Councils are typically comprised of employees from all divisions and levels within the organization (management, professionals, administrative support, etc.) to promote ownership of the program at the "grass roots" level, and include representatives with a variety of skills. Councils create environmental change and implement programs designed to facilitate the improved wellness of employees.
All it takes is one or two interested people to get started. So why would you want to get involved? Read on!
Why do we need a Wellness Council at my worksite?
Wellness Councils can be part of a management solution to problems such as rising health care costs, disengagement and absenteeism. They can help to improve employee morale and create a vested interest in the agency. Established Wellness Councils provide an organized, systematic approach to health promotion at the worksite. The best part is your Wellness Council can respond to the specific needs and interests of the employees.
How can I start a Wellness Council at my worksite?
We have over 150 active Wellness Councils who receive support and resources from PEHP Wellness Specialists. To find out how you can start your own worksite Wellness Council, please call us at 801-366-7300 or 855-366-7300 or email us at email@example.com.
Additional Resources for Wellness Councils
GRAB & GO Wellness Challenge Guides
We have created a variety of email-based monthly wellness challenges ready to “Grab & Go” that you can customize and implement easily for your worksite. Please review the list of challenges we have available and decide which one(s) you would like to try. To request your copy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with G&G in the Subject Line and specify the one(s) you want to implement at your worksite.
Grab & Go Wellness Challenge Guides are formatted in editable Word documents and have specific instructions as to how to implement each challenge including flyers, trackers, handouts, and a survey. So easy!
Look for a follow up email within the year of your request asking for feedback about the challenge.
Work Well-Being Awards Program
Based on best practices in the worksite wellness field, the annual Work Well-Being Awards are presented to PEHP employer groups. The Work Well-Being Program booklet below includes an application form and ainstructions.
- Work Well-Being Awards Program
- Work Well-Being Awards Application
- Wellness Infographic
- 2023 PEHP Work Well-Being Award Winners
PEHP employer groups can apply for mini-grants to help get a grass-roots wellness council started or to revive a council that has been inactive for a year or more. A short application can be submitted anytime throughout the year and award amount is based on the number of employees within the worksite. Past recipients have used funds to purchase healthy food for onsite activities, obtain fitness equipment or other worksite wellness efforts. Email email@example.com to receive a link to the online application.
Webinars & Seminars
Employees can learn about current health and wellness topics by viewing our pre-recorded, archived webinars which include topics on mental and emotional well-being. Better yet, book a conference room and invite your coworkers to join you for a ‘lunch-and-learn’ meeting. We can also provide live webinars and seminars at you worksite. Please note we require a minimum of 15 attendees and ask you to schedule at least two weeks in advance. Available Seminars Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a live virtual or in-person seminar.
Looking for inspiration? The Resource Books below have been compiled to illustrate many of the programs, activities and initiatives PEHP employer groups and wellness councils have implemented over the years to support employee health and well-being.
Other Websites and Materials