The Well Racine
initiative is a community-wide health project to obtain recognition of
Racine, Wisconsin as a "Well City" by the Wellness Councils of America
(WELCOA). The initiative started as a sustainable Leadership Racine team
project in January 2008. Well Racine is a part of Well CityUSA, a
national initiative of WELCOA to create a healthier American workforce by
engaging business communities to improve the health and wellbeing of their
The Well Racine Task Force is comprised of community leaders
spearheading this wellness project within the Racine business community. The
participating Racine employers have united in their commitment to each being
awarded the "Well Workplace" designation by WELCOA.
Some health facts.
Poor health habits take an
enormous toll on American business!
Faced with rising health care costs, how
employers manage these expenses is critical to businesses' bottom lines.
Consider the following*:
- Health insurance expenses are the fastest-growing costs of doing
- Employers spend a yearly average of $1685 per employee on absenteeism,
low productivity and other indirect costs related to health problems.
- Job stress is estimated to cost American industry $250 billion
- 70% of all health care costs generated in the U.S. are attributable to
preventable risks and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
- A national survey of 450 major employers found that 67% were
incorporating more aggressive wellness and disease management programs for
- * statistics
from Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council
Be a leader!
Join the Well Racine
initiative and be a leader in the Racine business community. Wellness
programs are a proven solution to containing high health care costs, as well
as attracting and retaining a talented and productive workforce. In addition
your business will improve its bottom line, your employees will be healthier
and Racine's image will be enhanced when recognized nationally as a Well
City. Your company may experience additional benefits, including:
- Reduced work-related injuries
- Improved employee lifestyle choices
- Greater employee morale
- Improved productivity and reduced absenteeism
What can you do?
By joining the Well
Racine initiative, your company commits to using WELCOA's Well Workplace
Process. The process provides a business with a blueprint to help the
organization build and sustain a results-orientated wellness program.
Once the Well Workplace Process is in place, led by a company mentor, the
company may apply for a Well Workplace Award. Today, over 1,000 companies have
received the prestigious Well Workplace Award.