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Healthier employees are more productive and effective workers, require less expensive medical care, and are more satisfied with their jobs and their employer. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and diabetes are among the most prevalent and costly health problems for employers and employees. A healthy diet and regular physical activity program can prevent or delay the onset of many of these chronic health conditions and their associated health care costs.

Employers are in a unique position to promote and encourage their employees to be healthy and safe. Workers typically spend more than one-third of their day on the job and usually consume at least one meal during that time. Effective worksite programs can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for employees by creating a supportive environment and social context for them to make healthier and safer personal lifestyle changes.

In January 2009, the County established a labor-management Wellness Committee to draft County Wellness guidelines. The Committed solicited feedback from key stakeholders, management, and employees as part of the developmental process.

This Wellness Policy identifies key areas of focus for employee health and safety and sets forth minimum goals for various stakeholders regarding each such focus area. In all cases, the County strongly encourage its employees to make the “Healthy Choice” their preferred and default choice. Departments are encouraged to establish additional goals as appropriate.