New study shows SHIP boosting Minnesota employers’ workplace wellness efforts
Employers participating in Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) overwhelmingly reported positive changes in healthy eating and physical activity among their employees, according to a new study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). These findings are encouraging for employers looking to improve workers’ health and productivity and to reduce health care costs down the road.
According to the study, 73 percent observed improvements in healthy food and beverages consumed by employees, and 67 percent noticed increases in physical activity. The study evaluated the impact of workplace wellness efforts, including strategies to support breastfeeding mothers and help employees quit smoking, eat healthier and be more physically active.
Employers credited SHIP, with 92 percent of workplaces indicating that their organization’s wellness goals have advanced due to SHIP.
Learn more about the SHIP workplace wellness study.