Right now the popular thing to do is to implement wellness programs – whether for workers, schools, or other groups. Wellness programs promote good health through encouraging healthy choices, nutrition, and daily physical activity. The State of Colorado actively sponsors several wellness programs, including Lt. Gov. O’Brien’s new initiative, the Your Heart is In Your Hands health challenge. For those interested in wellness programs in their own community, the State offers guidance for getting started. These include such documents as Colorado Action Plan for Older Adult Wellness and School Wellness: A Step-by-Step Guide. The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment sponsors the Women’s Wellness Connection. Also, the Dept. of Personnel and Administration’s website offers links to wellness centers and programs. Finally, HB09-1012, introduced this session, would, if passed, provide insurance carriers incentives for encouraging the implementation of wellness programs.
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