Missouri Worksite Wellness Award

Workplace Wellness Award logoRecognition available for worksites promoting wellness

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in partnership with the University of Missouri Extension has launched the Missouri Worksite Wellness Award program, which recognizes employers that invest in creating a working environment that supports healthy behaviors. Employers are recognized based on criteria for their level of support: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

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    Criteria for Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum

    Submission requirements

    • Submit documentation or samples for each of the criteria and accomplishments.
    • Submit copies of the worksite wellness policies or letter of support for wellness efforts from upper level management.
    • Complete the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard and submit the score.

    Bronze
    Meets the following accomplishments:

    Policy and Policy Communication

    • Encourage healthy behaviors shown by letter of support from management.
    • Health is promoted through communication channels (free materials can be found on DHSS Worksite Wellness website).

    Environment

    Resources

    • Formal wellness committee composed of two or more staff in conjunction with a strategic worksite wellness plan.
    • Work-life balance resources are provided.

    Education

    • Health topics and resources communicated to employees.
    • Point of decision prompts are utilized to encourage quick healthy decisions.

    Silver
    Meets Bronze requirements plus all accomplishments below:

    Policy and Policy Communication

    • Written worksite wellness support policy or commitment from leadership.
    • Encourage use of employee sick/wellness/vacation leave to support overall wellness.

    Environment

    • Provides an environment for healthy meal preparation.

    Resources

    • Provides health insurance or information on access to health insurance.
    • Wellness committee is representative of all work units and other diversity factors representative of the company.

    Education

    • Annual exam with medical provider encouraged or incentivized.
    • Offer educational workshops on wellness topics.

    Gold
    Meets Silver requirements plus all accomplishments below:

    Policy and Policy Communication

    • Worksite wellness policy or commitment from management to provide or employees bring healthy food/beverages choices at all work events.

    Environment

    • Provides space or devices for stress relief, taking blood pressure, a scale, wellness activities, etc.
    • Healthy food/beverage options available in accordance with policy.

    Resources

    • Provide or promote information on weight management for employees.
    • Tobacco cessation programs or incentive.
    • Mental/behavioral health resources available and promoted.

    Education

    • Offer health and wellness challenges.

    Platinum
    Meets Gold requirements plus all accomplishments below:

    Policy and Policy Communication

    • Have and promote a policy related to Smoke/Tobacco/E-Cigarette free employees or campus.
    • Inclusion of those with disabilities is address per Accessibility Guide of the WorkWell Missouri Toolkit.

    Environment

    • Onsite Exercise area/mapped walking paths/supplement employee gym membership.

    Resources

    • Provide EAP OR referrals to meet employee wellbeing needs.
    • Coordinate occupational health and safety programs with wellness programming.

    Education

    • Provide and promote subsidized health promotion lifestyle coaching/counseling/self-management program.
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    Award application and instructions

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by MU EXT and MOCAN’s Worksite Workgroup. Employers who meet the qualifications will be notified and receive a framed certificate and window clings to inform current and potential employees and visitors about their designation. Recognized businesses will also be listed on the MU Extension and DHSS websites, receive a template for announcements on social media, and the opportunity to connect with a Worksites Workgroup member in person to receive their award.

    To receive recognition and the award in person at the July MOCAN Meeting, please submit the completed application by June 1 each year.

    Download the information and application form (PDF) (fillable form) and submit by mail or email to:

    University of Missouri Extension Worksite Wellness
    1110 S. College Ave., Room 203
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO 65211
    Email Worksite Wellness

    For more information about the award program, please contact the Worksite Wellness Team by email or at 573-882-2799.

Award recipients

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    • 2020
    • “inBalance”
    • Evangel University
    • Paragon Architecture LLC
    • Springfield Downtown YMCA
    • Jasper County Sheriff’s Office
    • Kansas City University of Medicine & BioSciences (KC Campus)
    • Kansas City University of Medicine & BioSciences (Joplin Campus)
    • Compass Health
    • Veterans United Home Loans
    • Gold award banner
    • 2019
    • Bollinger County Health Department
    • Carl Junction R-1 School District
    • City of Columbia
    • Clay County Public Health Center
    • Cole County Commission-Health Department
    • Cole County Courthouse-Annex & Assessor
    • Cole County Public Works & EMS
    • Cole County Sheriff & Prenger Family Center
    • Freeman Health System
    • Missouri Southern State University
    • Modine Manufacturing Company
    • Neosho School District
    • Pulaski County Health Department
    • Springfield Public Schools
    • Bronze award banner
    • Employer Advantage