Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Health and Wellness in Cobb

Having a healthy work environment can greatly impact the lives of the thousands of people who work in Cobb County. The Cobb Chamber values workplace health, and has created the Health and Wellness Committee to improve workplace health initiatives and highlights Cobb businesses that are positively impacting the health of the community.

Workplace health programs help to increase healthy behaviors, improve productivity, and increase job satisfaction. Employers who implement worksite health programs have on average:

  • reduced healthcare cost by 24%
  • reduced absenteeism in sick leave by 25%
  • reduced workers’ compensation and disability management claims costs by 32%

    (Baicker, K., Cutler, D., & Song, Z. (2010). Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings. Health Affairs, 29(2), 304-311)

Here are some helpful resources for employers who may be interested in starting or improving workplace health initiatives:

  • American Heart Association Workplace Health Playbook – This playbook reviews key elements of effective workplace health programs and reviews case studies that detail strategies used by well-known corporations.
  • Work Healthy Georgia – This resource provides assistance in developing or improving workplace health policies and programs. Start with making the business case of why worksite wellness is important, assess the business, get employees engaged, and review easy, cost-effective ways to implement policies and programs.
  • Georgia. Working on Health. – By “taking the pledge” online to promote physical activity, create a healthy eating environment, support breastfeeding, and/or become tobacco free, worksites become a part of the Georgia. Working on Health network. Participants receive window clings, the Work Healthy Georgia Toolkit, and ongoing resources to maintain an environment that supports a healthier workforce and a healthier Georgia.
  • Cobb & Douglas Public HealthThe local health department can review current worksite wellness initiatives with employers and provide free guidance to help foster a healthy workplace.

 

Cobb Chamber Health and Wellness Committee

Started in 2011, the Health and Wellness Committee is a diverse, member-based group within the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Committee members include representatives from all aspects of the health and wellness industry as well as interested business members. In 2016, the Health and Wellness Committee joined efforts with Cobb2020 Partnership for Health to bring even more resources to Cobb businesses. The purpose and goals of the Health and Wellness committee, in concert with the mission of the Cobb Chamber are:

  • To celebrate Cobb County’s health community
  • To be a comprehensive resource for information on health
  • To be a primary forum to foster innovation in health care
  • To support health and wellness activities in the Cobb County community that improves quality of life


For more information about this committee or upcoming meeting dates, contact Jani Dix at jdix@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2374.

 

Community Health Data

In 2016, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) partnered with Kennesaw State University and Cobb2020 to release three new reports providing updated health data and plans for community health improvement.


Cobb Senior Services partnered with KSU’s A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research to conduct a comprehensive assessment with Cobb County adults around the needs and concerns related to aging including health and wellness, caregiving, transportation, social engagement and much more. Click here to read the full 2017 Cobb County Senior Services Survey Report.

 

Spotlight on Innovation

Cobb Senior Services won first place in the National Council on Aging’s Falls Free Video contest for their Pop Up Tai Chi event. View a video on this program here. 

 

Cobb County Health Heroes

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Cobb2020 recognize qualified individuals and agencies who through outstanding and dedicated service have made a significant impact on the health of our community through the Health Hero Award. Recipients are honored during the Cobb Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast.

Congratulations to 2017 award recipients:  Missy Owen and MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service!