Survey: Employees Credit Well-Being Programs with Improved Health Authored by UnitedHealthcare
Like it or not, you probably spend more hours at work than just about anywhere else. So it makes sense that a healthier workplace could lead to increased well-being. Employers are taking note, with an increasing number of organizations offering health and well-being initiatives.
More than half (53 percent) of employees with access to an employer-sponsored well-being program say the initiative has had a positive effect on their health, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 “Wellness Check Up Survey.” Of those, 88 percent said the programs motivated them to pay more attention to their health, 67 percent reported the initiatives helped them lose weight, and 30 percent said they helped detect a disease or medical condition.
Among employees without access to well-being programs, 73 percent of respondents said they would be interested in such initiatives if offered, including 42 percent who are “very interested.”
In today’s competitive business environment, offering these programs might help companies establish themselves as “employers of choice,” said Rebecca Madsen, UnitedHealthcare chief consumer officer. “By investing in wellness programs, employers are in a unique position to drive engagement and create healthier, happier and more productive workforces.”
Other survey findings show more employees than ever are using activity trackers, with 27 percent owning one of the devices, double the 13 percent of them who owned a device the previous year.
Despite that increase in active tracker usage, the survey found that many employees overestimate their levels of physical activity. Seventy-four percent claimed they met government recommendations for physical activity (defined as at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two days or more per week of moderate- or high-intensity muscle-strengthening activities). However, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that just 20 percent of people meet those recommended guidelines.
Whether you have a wellness program at your job or not, it’s important to take responsibility for your own health and wellness. Seek out resources through your community, health plan or employer to help support your own wellness journey.
See the full Wellness Check Up Survey results.
EPCC has a reciprocal agreement with East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) who has many of the same goals as the chamber. This is a prosperity forum they have put together for May 4th.
Their focus is to look at our region (for East Metro area) and bring in business leaders to help focus on what our community needs and/or wants.
This is an exciting event and one that the chamber encourages you all to consider attending.
It's a major time commitment (8 am to 2:00 pm) but it is truly a great opportunity for businesses to have input on what direction our community should head.
Speeding cars? No sidewalks? Dangerous biking conditions? Pot holes?
Join the Traffic Safety Action-shop learn about what you can do to address issues in your neighborhood. This is a solution-oriented workshop for people who want to take action!
Traffic Safety Action-shop
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Doors open & Light refreshments at 6 pm
Lents Village, 10305 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland
At the event:
Connect with transportation experts:
Hear from neighbors about successful examples:
Walk away with a plan for action:
Everyone is welcome. This is the first in a series of Traffic Safety Action-shops.
For more information about the event, accessibility and future action-shops, check out this website.
RSVP here to let us know that you can make it!
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Annual Awards Breakfast on December 14, 2016 from 7:30-9:15am at Colwood Golf Center, located at 7313 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97218. The East Portland Chamber will be awarding their "Excellence in Community Service Award" to the following four local nonprofit organizations who are improving the lives of children with physical and intellectual disabilities in East Portland.
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will also recognize members of the Chamber who have given generously of their time and effort to make East Portland a great place to live and work. Please join us for a full breakfast, entertainment, raffle prizes, awards and recognition as we celebrate the past year. This event is open to the public.
Albertina Kerr - Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. We're building an army of angels. A community that stands together. Where we challenge the norm to create a society that has no barriers. Where people who face developmental disabilities and mental health challenges are included and empowered. Where families are supported and children have reason to smile. Where everyday people reach out to the most vulnerable and give back to their community.
Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp - At Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, we empower children and adults with disabilities. For over 80 years, we have partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to provide individuals with disabilities an outstanding overnight recreational opportunity in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We offer eight week-long sessions of residential summer camp, providing our campers with a one-on-one camper/counselor ratio. We also offer programming throughout the year at our fully accessible 22-acre campsite.
Northwest Down Syndrome Association - The NWDSA has been a parent-driven family support network since 1997. The NWDSA’s mission is to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability including Down syndrome. NWDSA/ABI will accomplish this mission by empowering and supporting families and individuals who have been touched by developmental disability. Together with our cross-disability sister project, All Born (In), founded in 2006, we will work to increase education, promote public understanding and acceptance, work toward full inclusion, and defend the civil rights of individuals with Down syndrome.
United Cerebral Palsy - United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Oregon and SW Washington is a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. We’ve been committed to advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities since our inception in 1955. Today, we provide supports for adults, children, and their families who experience cerebral palsy or other disabilities. In June 2014, we launched a new in-home service called Building Blocks, which provides in-home supports to children who experience developmental disabilities and who are funded through the K Plan. These services include attendant care, skills training and respite relief care for their parents.
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes Measure 97 because the facts are clear – it is a $6 billion back door sales tax would harm Oregon consumers and small businesses with no guarantee the money would go to education or anything else.
We’re urging you to vote NO on Measure 97 and to spread the word to others.
Measure 97 is a tax on total sales – not profits – that would increase consumer costs for all types of products and services. It has no exemptions – most costs would be passed on to Oregon consumers and small businesses through higher prices for everything from food, clothing, gasoline, utilities, cars and housing to phone service, insurance, medicine and healthcare.
The nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office concluded Measure 97 would increase costs for a typical family by $600 per year, and that it would especially hurt low- and middle-income families and seniors who can least afford it.
Measure 97 would cause the loss of 38,000 local jobs, according to the State of Oregon’s study.
And, as we wrote above, there would be no guarantee that the money would go to education, healthcare or seniors. The Legislature’s own top legal authority has stated the Legislature could spend the money “in any way it chooses.”
Ballots will be arriving next week. Now is the time for us to be actively involved to help defeat Measure 97.
The NO on 97 campaign has resources you can share, such as:
Contact the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org to request materials and a member of their team will get them to you right away.
Visit www.NOon97.com and learn why the East Portland Chamber of Commerce has joined the coalition of more than 26,000 Oregon consumers, small businesses, family farmers, healthcare professionals, educators, community leaders and organizations from every part of the state in urging you to vote NO on Measure 97 this November.
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) is pleased to announce our support for the historic Yes for Affordable Homes campaign to create homes for Portlanders who are in the greatest need in this housing crisis. This $258.4 million affordable housing bond will create permanently affordable housing for tens of thousands of people over the life of the homes, and marks the first time that Portlanders will be able to vote in support of affordable housing. We write today to ask you—one of our key supporters—to join this critical and momentous campaign.
The mission of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce is to provide a voice for members and businesses on the Eastside. Our work has been increasingly challenged by the housing crisis that rages in our region. With Portland one-bedroom apartments renting at an average of $1,400, so many hardworking families can’t keep up and can’t find homes they can afford. Too many Portlanders are suffering in our communities, in shelters, in parking lots, and under our bridges because Portland very simply lacks enough affordable homes for those who need them most.
That’s why the success of this first ever ballot measure for affordable homes is important to the well-being of the city we love and it’s why EPCC supports it. When you vote Yes for Affordable Homes on November 8, you’ll be and building a better Portland for all.
Please join us and lend your support to Yes For Affordable Homes. Sign up to learn more and get involved at yesforaffordablehomes.com
After all, home is where it all begins. It’s where we set out each day fresh and rested. It’s where we started out on our educational, professional and personal paths. It’s where we begin and grow our families. Everyone needs a safe and stable start to each and every day. Together, we can make Portland a place everyone can afford to call home.
East Portland Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization | PO Box 90186 | Portland, OR 97290 | 503-788-8589