Obesity Toolkit for Employers

Millions of people are living with obesity, and it is a disease that is often overlooked. Obesity is a long-term health problem that impacts overall health. In 2019, 32 percent of Wisconsin residents were living with obesity. Obesity is associated with medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. Societal attitudes toward people living with obesity increase stigma and deter people from seeking help. Insurers often do not offer a universal benefit for obesity treatment making it difficult for people to engage in treatment.

The impact of obesity on the workplace is significant. Studies have shown that significant impairment at work is often related to obesity. Employers can play a role in helping employees who have obesity.

The Objective

The primary objective of the online toolkit for employers is to offer comprehensive support and resources for effectively managing and addressing the chronic disease of obesity among their workforce. This toolkit aims to empower employers with the necessary tools and information to create a supportive environment that fosters healthier lifestyles and assists employees in overcoming the challenges associated with obesity. By providing guidance on implementing wellness programs, promoting healthy eating habits, encouraging physical activity, and offering access to relevant medical and psychological support services, the toolkit equips employers with strategies to enhance the well-being and productivity of their employees who are living with obesity. Additionally, the toolkit serves as a platform for educating employers about the importance of addressing obesity as a serious health issue and underscores the potential benefits of proactive intervention in terms of reducing healthcare costs, improving employee morale, and fostering a more inclusive and compassionate workplace culture.  

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this toolkit comprises employers and human resources professionals across various industries who are seeking to better support their employees dealing with the chronic disease of obesity. It is tailored for organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations, aiming to provide accessible resources and guidance for navigating the complexities of managing obesity in the workplace. Additionally, healthcare providers, wellness coordinators, and other professionals involved in employee health and well-being may also find value in utilizing this toolkit to collaborate with employers in implementing effective strategies for obesity management and support.
* Updated 04/24
Questions about the Toolkit

WCHQ welcomes your questions and comments about this toolkit, which is intended to advance collaborative learning, open sharing, and collective improvement. Please contact the WCHQ at info@wchq.org.
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