Healthiest Maryland Businesses is a collaborative of Maryland businesses with a shared mission of improving health through worksite wellness efforts. Participating businesses are referred to accredited work site wellness resources, receive education and assistance, and are recognized for their commitment to improving the health of their workforce. This statewide movement works to build and promote a culture of wellness in the workplace – fostering an environment that makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice. The Healthiest Maryland movement aims to engage leaders to commit to maximizing Marylanders' well-being by implementing a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to promote health where Marylanders work, live, and learn.
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What is 'Healthiest Maryland Businesses'?
Healthiest Maryland is a statewide movement to create a culture of wellness—an environment that makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice. It is a “grasstops” campaign to engage leadership in promoting wellness within their sphere of influence. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy workforce, recruit business leaders who will incorporate healthy policies into the workplace, publicly recognize their commitment and success, and improve their bottom-line.
What is worksite wellness?
'Worksite Wellness' is a term used to describe efforts by businesses to improve the health of their employees with health promoting programs, policies, benefits and environmental supports. Initiatives support employees and their families to make healthier choices, help them reduce chronic disease, and decrease healthcare costs. Many worksite wellness programs focus on nutrition, daily physical activity in and out of the workplace, smoking cessation, and preventive services, and may also include a focus on developing purpose, work-life balance, all of which can lead to a culture of health at the worksite.
What are the benefits of promoting employee wellness?
A wellness program helps everyone win - companies can save on healthcare costs and absenteeism while benefiting from improved productivity and performance while employees and their families are healthier. A healthy business is a business that thrives because it has employee health management strategies in place. Healthier employee lifestyles should also extend into their family and community’s health.
Healthiest Maryland Businesses are Maryland organizations (corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, government organizations, etc.) with top leadership that are committed to improving the health of their employees. Some businesses already have comprehensive worksite wellness programs in place and others are taking the first steps towards improving employee wellness.
What steps do I take to commit to Healthiest Maryland Businesses?
To become a Healthiest Maryland Business, visit the page on how to join. Do not worry if you are just getting started, we have resources available to help you.
What is required of me if I join Healthiest Maryland Businesses?
Once you join, we ask that you help us in our vision to create a work environment for all Marylanders that promotes health and well-being. This includes recruiting additional businesses to join Healthiest Maryland by proudly displaying your Healthiest Maryland credentials to the public. In addition, we ask that you take an annual Worksite Health Scorecard that will help to assess strengths and areas where we can be of support.
How much does it cost to join?
There is no cost for businesses to become a recognized Healthiest Maryland Business. We ask that you commit to making healthier workplaces for Maryland workers. HMBs are leading by example in making health promotion and disease prevention an integral part of their business strategy.
Will there be any recognition of my commitment?
All HMBs in good standing may use and display the HMB logo. There may be opportunities to highlight successes of HMBs through success stories and specific events. We take pride that we have so many businesses in the State of Maryland that are invested in their employee’s well-being, and want others to distinguish the many exemplary organizations that are improving the health of Marylanders. Selected businesses are recognized annually through the HMB Recognition process.
What resources are available to me?
What happens after I join?
After you join, the next step for your organization is to take action! Our team will be in contact with you to discuss your needs and goals and help you create a plan for success.
Is this a worksite wellness certification program?
No, this is not a certification program. This is a statewide program to help bring awareness to businesses, employees, and communities about the importance of worksite wellness. The Healthiest Maryland Businesses are those leaders invested in improving their employee’s health and work environment.
Healthiest Maryland Businesses
Maryland Department of Health
201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201