FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2011
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Cheh To Introduce Workplace Wellness Legislation
(Washington DC) Councilmember Mary M. Cheh plans to introduce a measure at tomorrow’s legislative meeting to improve the health and wellness of District government employees.
The District of Columbia Government Workplace Wellness Act of 2011 would require the Mayor to adopt an annual workplace wellness plan, to designate wellness coordinators, change the requirements for 4,000 vending machines in District and federal facilities, and authorize healthy food retail vendors on District property.
“A well-structured workplace-wellness program can reduce health costs, improve morale and productivity, and improve employee recruitment and retention,” said Cheh. “As we fight a citywide obesity epidemic, the District government can be a leader in improving the health of our workforce.”
According to the American Heart Association, poor diet and lack of exercise are responsible for at least 25% of healthcare costs incurred by working adults.
“The D.C. Workplace Wellness Act sets the national standard by investing in its employees with proactive goals,” said Jacques Leger, Executive Board Chair of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region and Global Director, Associate Engagement at Towers Watson. “We commend and support the efforts of Councilmember Cheh in creating comprehensive policies to offer opportunities for D.C. agency employees to make healthy choices while decreasing risk factors and cardiovascular disease.”