Monday, April 6, 2009

A Healthy Workforce is a Productive Workforce

At an event last week, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (right, shown with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX))announced the reintroduction of the “Healthy Workforce Act”, which would offer tax credits to employers that provide wellness programs to their employees. To qualify for the tax credit, wellness programs must be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, and must offer at least three services from a list of options including: health education and health screening; a workplace committee to encourage and track employee participation; behavioral change activities focused on tobacco use, obesity, stress, and other health risks; and workplace policies to promote health and wellness. The American Heart Association supports the “Healthy Workforce Act” and joins the bill sponsors in calling on employers and employees to do their part to make prevention and wellness part of the workplace.

In the House, a companion bill was introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA).

CLICK HERE for more information on Workplace Wellness.

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