Best Employers For Healthy Lifestyles


Biometric screening
An initiative that conducts laboratory tests or other physical measurements. Examples of these health indicators can include measures of weight, height, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, lipid panel (cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), triglycerides), body fat, vision, hearing, and mental health.

Diverse populations
Specific groups/special populations that might be identified by racial/ethnicity, cultural and educational factors.

Café and vending audits
Audits are detailed reviews of current healthy food offerings. An example of these type of audit/assessments are available in the Business Group's Toolkit Promoting Healthy Weight Through Healthy Dining at Work.

Community involvement
Volunteering and participating in a local organization such as a church. Community involvement enables individuals to develop social connections, and provides them with enhanced meaning and purpose.

Corporate mission or vision statement
Corporate mission or vision/values statements are short statements that highlight the company's focus, future direction and valued assets. Adding health and wellness to these statements emphasizes the importance the company places on employees' health.

Corporate nutrition policy
Set of established guidelines regarding the availability of healthy food options, the pricing and presentation to encourage selection or the provision of information on nutritional content.

Customer satisfaction
This metric measures how products or services supplied by a company meet or surpass a customer's expectation. Customer satisfaction is important because it provides marketers and business owners with a metric they can use to set revenue expectation and improve their businesses.

Diverse populations
Specific groups/special populations that might be identified by racial/ethnicity, cultural and educational factors.

Employee engagement metrics
Metrics used to determine employees feelings of enthusiasm and involvement in their work. This information can be gained from employee surveys.

Emotional health
The presence of positive emotions, not merely the absence of mental disorders.

Financial education programs
Financial well-being programs/benefits can provide financial education, counseling or planning services to employees.

Financial security
Defined as "the perception that you have enough money to do what you want to do, and don't regularly worry about money."1

Flexible work policy/schedule
These policies allow individuals to take time to participate in physical activity and/or other stress-reducing tactics throughout the work day. Flexible work schedules can allow individuals to come in early, work late or take an extended lunch in order to participate.

Health and Well-being Assessment
The Health and Well-being Assessment (or Health Risk Appraisal/Health Risk Assessment) is generally a tool that an employee uses to submit individual health & well-being and risk factor data. The HA includes questions on lifestyle, health behaviors, and personal and family medical history. This information is analyzed and reported back to the individual as an individualized assessment of an employee's current health status/quality of life and often contains strategies for reducing risk. These data are also reported back to an employer on an aggregated basis. The assessment promotes individual health awareness through the review of one's lifestyle practices and the subsequent discovery of those behaviors that may impact current or future health status.

Health and well-being metrics
Examples of health and well-being metrics are well-being program participation, health behaviors/risks and health care costs.

Healthy checkout
A checkout where only nutritious and wholesome foods are presented for those employees who wish to make an impulse buy while waiting in line. Unhealthy foods are moved to a location away from the checkout.

Healthy food options in cafés and vending
Healthy food options (e.g. lean, low saturated fat, reduced calories, reduced fat) should comprise at least 50% of available food.

Incentives or disincentives
These are monetary rewards or penalties employees receive as a result of taking some type of action to improve or maintain their health. Incentives include (but are not limited to) cash, gifts, vouchers, premium differentials, raffles, and contributions to a health care spending account.

Job Satisfaction
Being satisfied with one's job and work experience. Factors that contribute to job satisfaction include job design, management and organizational characteristics.

Net-promoter score
Net-promoter score is a management tool that can be used to gauge the loyalty of a firm's customer relationships. It serves as an alternative to traditional customer satisfaction metrics and claims to be correlated with revenue growth.

Nutritional labeling combined with motivational signs
Labeling must easily designate healthy items. In addition, motivational signage must be placed near points of purchase/decision to further encourage appropriate choices.

Being present at work, with impairment due to poor health or psychological distress.

Pulse Survey
An employee pulse survey is a fast and frequent survey system, that does away with complex questions and is intentionally designed to be done weekly, or every few weeks. They give a quick insight into the health of a company, hence the name 'pulse'.

Resiliency training/energy maximization & performance programs
These cognitive behavioral programs are designed to help individuals adjust to and become more resilient to stress. The programs focus on building personal resources to increase the energy an individual has in one's life as well as their ability to respond to situations.

Short bouts of physical activity (instant recess)
Ten minutes of moderate physical activity breaks during the workday for employees to reenergize.

Social connectedness
Supportive positive relationships and social belonging.

Subsidies/price differential for healthy food
Favorable or discounted pricing for healthy choices or a frequent buyer program for healthy food options.

Tobacco cessation program
An effective tobacco cessation program must provide employees with guidance, suggestions and tools to assist them in quitting smoking. These programs help employees to set mini-goals and track progress over time.

Tobacco-free campus
Tobacco is not permitted anywhere on the company's owned and controlled property, including indoor and outdoor areas, parking lots and personal vehicles.

Tobacco-free indoor policy
Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) are not permitted inside any company owned buildings and/or company leased space.

Weight management program
Onsite, online, or community programs that offer systematic approaches for determining a healthy weight, developing healthy eating for weight reduction or maintenance of healthy weight.

Well-being is happiness, quality of life, thriving and flourishing. Well-being can be described as the way an individual feels, functions, and how his or her judges their life. For an in depth overview of the drivers of employee well-being, please refer to the issue brief, Seeing the Bigger Picture: Beyond Wellness to Well-being.

1 Rath T, Harter JK. Wellbeing: The five essential elements. NY: Gallup Press; 2010