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Healthy Workplaces!

With Try This minigrant and Second Stage grant help, Active Southern West Virginia is spreading healthy workplace activities to offices all over the southern half of the state!  One of the staples: a simple three-minute Stretch-and-Move break!

Workplace Wellness

This page is loaded with WV specific community resources and examples of ways you can make healthy changes in your own worksite.


Workplace Wellness – Why Do We Care?

Health Benefit

  • According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), workplace wellness programs can:
    • Improve healthy behaviors, increase physical activity and encourage healthy eating.
    • Improve workers’ health knowledge and skills.
    • Create a culture of healthier behaviors at work.
      • A study showed these programs increased employee retention, attendance, productivity and improved employees’ quality of life.

Economic Benefit

  • Obesity and related chronic disease cost money, impacts health cost to employers and employees.
  • A 2010 medical survey revealed the U.S. spends over $1 trillion a year on medical cost and 86% of the cost is associated with heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis, diabetes or obesity.
  • According to the CDC, the  U.S. spends $225 billion annually on personal and family health problems including indirect cost of absenteeism, poor, health and disability.

All these reasons provide more than enough justification for addressing wellness where people work to improve health. Together we can continue to address obesity and chronic related disease and get WV off the worst health list by using proven workplace strategies!


West Virginias Worksites Rocking at Wellness



Many WV organizations are partnering to improve workplace wellness–including Try This Mini-Grant Recipients.

The Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA)

NRG (Sounds like energy) Nutrition Resources and Goodies! (2017-18 mini-grant project)

Click here to see the NRG Mini-Grant 2018 Conference Presentation

Active Southern WV Workplace Wellness Physical Activity Project (Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas, Summers Counties) (2017-18 mini-grant project)


Click here to see the Active Southern WV Mini-Grant 2018 Conference Presentation

Click on the image to download even more posters to display at your workplace!

Wellbeing Solutions WV (2017-2018 Mini-Grant Project)

Click here to see the Wellbeing Solutions 2018 Conference Presentation


Healthy Berkley Workplace Wellness (2017-18 Mini-Grant Project)

Click here to see the Employee Wellness Programing 2018 Conference Presentation


How you can create and do workplace wellness on a shoestring budget?

Additionally, there are many worksites both big and small, who are eager to start and or expand their existing program! Your organization isn’t alone.


The Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease well@work WV Healthy Worksite Initiative has outlined simple proven method steps to help you get started. The Division utilizes the CDC Workplace Health Model and CDC Workplace Resource Center, additional resources for implementing effective workplace wellness strategies.


Here’s how you can do it too, in five easy steps:

  1. Review: familiarize yourself with well@work WV Healthy Worksite Program resource section and Workplace Health Program Definition and Description.
  2. Assess: Complete and submit the organizational assessment–CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) paper or online.
  3. Plan: Develop a Health Improvement Plan (Word Doc) (PDF) with at least one Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely (SMART) objective based on CDC HSC results.
  4. Implement: Use the  well@work WV Healthy Worksite Initiative resources to take action and Try This Set A Good Example Resource for Action. If you are not sure where to start, consider physical activity and nutrition strategies.
  5. Evaluate and celebrate: share challenges, opportunities and success. (Repeat steps 2-5 annually)

Feeling good about wellness? Apply for workplace wellness recognition.


What you can do?

Set a good example. At Try This we have implemented some innovative, informative and always fun workplace wellness practices not only for our staff, but also for those who visit.

  • Our cuckoo clock in the office is set to go off every 30 minutes, no matter where you are, what your doing, or who is there, everyone gets up and moves and stretches. This gets the blood circulating, gets your heart rate up, and is always a good time watching everyone run around the office.
  • We have signs up around the office motivating staff to be active and reminders and tips to stay healthy.

  • Post recipes up in lunch/break rooms with examples of healthy food and snack alternatives. Have pot lucks on special occasions or for big meetings where everyone brings a healthy dish and swaps recipes.


  • During cooler months at the office, Try This hosts a Yoga hour for lunch. Let people from the community or other business join in for even more fun. We chose to offer it FREE for staff and charge $5 for anyone in the community to participate.

Weekly Yoga class offered for the Try This Staff and community members.

Want even more information on how to improve workplace wellness? Here are some helpful links:


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