Stay updated on current events and Health Links news in the press. Find out about what is working in small businesses around the state to improve the health and safety of our workforce.
Creating a healthy work environment is easier said that done. Check out this article with Health Links Director, Lili Tenney, who's passion is all about promoting healthy workplaces and sustainable business strategies that improve overall well being. So sit back in your ergonomic chair or stability ball and take some pointers the pro. . .
The online news outlet, Post Independent/Citizen Telegram wrote an excellent article on our local advisor Amanda Wagner and her great work inspiring members of the community to bring health to work! Author Angie Anderson reinforces what we believe about workplace health and safety by saying "companies and organizations can implement easy low-cost or no-cost solutions that can create a more productive workplace, improve employee morale and reduce injuries and absenteeism. How’s that for the bottom line? For companies that have the ability to do so, making a simple policy change to allow flexible work schedules so that employees can take time during the day to exercise is a great idea. How about incorporating a group walk into a staff meeting?" Click above for the full article.
Otero Junior College kicked off its worksite wellness program with the start of 2016. At the all staff meeting on Jan. 7, the wellness team introduced the first ingredient of the program: Become a Fitness Champion.
Health Links Lead Advisor for Pitkin County, Amanda Wagner, has been recognized as a Health & Wellness Industry Leader that has optimized a gap in today’s health and wellness industry by the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center. She has won the Health and Wellness Champion Award to be presented at the Mountain Town Business Women Awards in February.
Julie Anne Helmick is an evangelist for worksite wellness.As an adviser for health, wellness and fitness for HealthLinks Colorado, the Montrose resident has been working hard to convince employers healthy workers pay big dividends.She’s had some successes this past year working with nine businesses, but none makes her more proud than her efforts with Center for Mental Health in Montrose.
The new president of the Colorado Health Foundation, Karen McNeil-Miller, visited La Junta on Monday afternoon at the OJC Student Center Banquet Room. McNeil-Miller started the meeting by compiling a list of our assets. "We talked about wellness programs," said Ritter, "particularly about wellness in the workplace." The City of La Junta and the Southeast Health Group are certified healthy businesses, under the auspices of Health Links, Colorado. Otero Junior College is in the process of getting the certification.
Mahalia Hopkins and Kelly Burka are both second-year MPH students concentrating in Environmental and Occupational Health, and both are interns with Health Links based at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment. They said planning the Health2WorkDay event was an opportunity they were both ready to take on.
Aug 28, 2015 - Ed Sealover Reporter Denver Business Journal - Grappling with the high cost of treating a growing number of adults suffering from diabetes, and wanting to ease the physical toll on patients, Colorado insurers are offering programs to keep at-risk customers from coming down with the disease in the first place.That follows previous programs from UnitedHealthcare and Kaiser Permanente Colorado with similar aims if different structures. - To read the story in it's entirety, please click the link!
May 18, 2015 – Friday, May 15 marked the 12th Annual Vail Valley Success Awards at the EagleVail Pavilion. This year a “Healthy Workplace Award” was given out to businesses who showed excellence, innovation and leadership in workplace wellness. We were excited to find out that this year, the criteria for nomination was a Health Links™ Healthy Business Certification.
Hilltop Community Resources, based in Grand Junction, was awarded the 2015 Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness at today’s Colorado Culture of Health Conference. The conference was sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles.Hilltop’s 647 employees provide direct services to more than 20,000 individuals in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. Hilltop was selected from five finalists, including CoBiz Financial, Pinnacol Assurance, East West Resorts, and Sky Ridge Medical Center.
Join us at the Healthy Mountain Business Symposium sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center. Connect with business leaders to discuss innovative services to maximize profits for rural/resort regions of Colorado. The Keynote spreader is Meridith Marshall, Health & Wellness Champion and Senior Regional Manager for Regional Development. Office of Economic Development & International Trade. This event will be held on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 from 8 AM-5 PM at the Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced an education effort to address the growing problem of the abuse of prescription drugs during a Feb. 24 news conference at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The campaign titled “Take Meds Seriously” is aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and misuse in the state and includes focusing on safe use, storage and disposal, and is part of a statewide effort by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to bring attention to the issue.
Denver, CO (WorkersCompensation.com) - Small businesses are prepared to adopt workplace wellness programs and, based on the kinds of health risks facing employees, are a good target for such health interventions according to new research published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine from the Colorado School of Public Health.
The Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness will be presented at the Colorado Culture of Health Conference April 9. The Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness will be presented at The Colorado Education Initiative’s 7th Annual Summit April 24.Private, public, nonprofit and government employers interested in becoming a Certified Healthy Business can complete an application at Health Links Colorado (www.healthlinkscolorado.org). Applications received by March 2, 2015 will be considered for the 2015 Governor's Award for Worksite Wellness.
Health Link's own Dr. Lee Newman spoke at the Center for Public Health Practice Symposium on Obesity and Public Health in Colorado this past Wendesday. The purpose of this symposium was to facilitate the development of a consensus on effective approaches to obesity prevention and control in Colorado. This conference reviewed the scientific evidence about the public health impact of obesity and the effectiveness of various approaches to reduce obesity risk. Visit the link below for a recording of his talk and panel!
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has just released a comparison guide of several worksite wellness assessment tools and certifications that are offered in Colorado and the U.S. to businesses. Health Links has worked hard to be recognized as a credible, evidence-based and effective resource to small businesses in Colorado who wish to implement worksite wellness programs or become Certified Healthy Businesses in their communities.
The Center for Worker Health and Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health has recently been recognized as one of the first two affiliates of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health (TWH) Affiliate Program. In addition to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the first two affiliates were selected because of their contribution to the development of TWH practices through the promotion of worksite health and the integration of occupational safety and protection.
This Colorado Health Institute project is an annual analysis of the impact of policies, programs and politics on statewide efforts designed to make Colorado a healthier state. Progress is measured in five important areas – schools, the workplace, communities, the health care delivery system and the places where we age. Grading is based on key informant interviews, a review of the data, a thorough review of the literature and on-site visits to promising programs across the state.
Join Health Links on August 28 for the first event of its kind and the beginning of an annual tradition that brings together leaders from business, health, wellness, government and academia to recognize healthy business. Learn about the most innovative ways to improve the health and overall wellbeing of your employees. Wellness champions welcome!
CorpCROP is a nonprofit program dedicated to bringing truly sustainable wellness to the workplace that improves the lives of employees, supports the environment, benefits local communities and positively impacts the bottom line. Their approach is unique and truly grassroots. We wanted to share their story.
In an effort to reach this mission, Health Links has partnered with WorkLife Partnership, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating socially sustainable communities and thriving workplaces in Colorado. Through direct services and training, WorkLife works with employees to help them overcome common challenges that keep them from getting to work, staying at work, and being productive at work.
Health Links launched its initiative in Eagle County on March 1, 2014 to help small and large businesses set up and scale workplace wellness and safety programs in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of Colorado workers and the economy.
The importance of diversifying our economy here in Eagle County has long been recognized as an important effort. It’s also been a long time challenge and will likely continue to be a focus area for years to come....
Colorado officials plan to make the state a hub for wellness and digital health companies -- a strategy fraught with potential hurdles, but one they believe can put them at the leading edge of a new movement in health care.
Chaffee County is doing great things to focus on health and wellness in the workplace and within the local businesses it holds. We want to send a special thanks to the community for helping bring Health Links Colorado to the county and for supporting the effort to promote health as a part of best business practice. Four businesses in Salida have jumped on board with this idea and are working hard to make changes to create environments that will allow employees to be healthier and happier and more productive.
The Colorado SBDC has partnered with Health Links™ to provide small businesses assistance in creating a work environment that promotes safety, physical activity, healthy habits and overall well-being for employees through work-site certification and seed money.
The Colorado School of Public Health has launched what may be the first statewide effort in the country focused on helping small businesses develop wellness programs in their offices.
PUEBLO, Colo. – Health Links is launching its initiative in Pueblo on July 23rd to help small businesses set up and scale their worksite wellness and safety programs in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of Colorado workers and the economy.
With National Public Health Week upon us, promoting safety and health in the workplace is an essential ingredient toward improving the overall well-being of Coloradans. The focus of this year's National Public Health Week is "Public Health is ROI: Saves Lives, Saves Money." On April 3, the theme of the day is "Creating A Healthy Workplace," with an emphasis on how wellness and safety are good for health and business.
DENVER - Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has formed a partnership with the Colorado School of Public Health to develop a program designed to improve the health of Colorado businesses, workers and their families. The partnership includes a gift of $500,000 for the first year of what is expected to be a multi-year program.