Total Worker Health® & Well-being

Best Practices

Date Added Resource Source
Diet, Exercise & Sleep
Sep 2016

OSH Answer Fact Sheets: Why should a workplace be concerned about healthy eating?

While it's most important for an employer to provide a safe and healthy workplace, it's also important to encourage healthy lifestyles among their employees. Healthy eating programs can be a great first step.

Sep 2016

Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility, And It's Not Too Late To Start

A study out Monday finds that a regular program of physical activity reduces the time spent with mobility-limiting disability, as reported by National Public Radio.

Nov 2015

Kaiser: Thrive at work - Why workforce health matters

Thrive at work offers infographics and toolkits to help create a healthier workforce.

(Kaiser Permanente)
Dec 2013

Exercise as Potent Medicine

Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death, according to a new report.

Jun 2013

The Bicyclist's Survival Guide: Live to Ride. Ride to Live. (PDF)

Here's to you, Oregon riders! You're saving money, reducing pollution and improving your health. But with all that fresh air comes a certain amount of vulnerability, so here are a few tips to keep you on the straight and vertical.

Jan 2013

Healthy Food Options for a Healthier Workplace (PDF)

Workplace healthy food recommendations from the Oregon Nutrition Policy Alliance.

Mar 2011

Worksite Wellness Programs for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Policy Statement from the American Heart Association (PDF)

This policy statement from the American Heart Association, dated October 2009, identifies specific workplace program elements for cardiovascular disease prevention.

Mar 2011

Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic

This feature, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide information from two new reports on the prevalence of unhealthy sleep behaviors and self-reported sleep-related difficulties among U.S. adults.

Dec 2010

Tai Chi & Qi Gong for Health and Well-Being

The following video is intended to be an educational tool that features tai chiA practice in traditional Chinese medicine that uses a series of slow, gentle movements coordinated with breathing and meditation.

Flexible Work
Oct 2015

Workplaces that work: Flexible Work Arrangements

This resource describes the variety of flexible work schedules, benefits to employer and employee, and suggestions for getting started.

(HR Council Canada)
Dec 2013

Families and Work Institute: Resources

Resources for employers to support flexible work arrangements, employees providing elder care, and more.

(Families and Work Institute)
Feb 2013

Special Focus: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Telecommuting

This Feb. 28, 2013 EH&S Today addresses "Does telecommuting boost employee morale and productivity, or does it compromise work quality and communication?"

(EHS Today)
Jun 2011

The Biggest Barrier to Teleworking: The Boss

This story written by Tilde Herrera was published on June 29, 2011 in

Apr 2015

The Importance of Staying Hydrated at Work and in Life

This Blog, by Pernickety Health Services, discusses how being hydrated may be related to your efficiency at work.

Apr 2015

WebMD: The Wonders of Water

To help make the facts about water crystal clear, WebMD asked experts for the skinny on just how much water we need.

Apr 2015

Mayo Clinic Healthy Lifestyles: Water: How much should you drink every day?

Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.

Apr 2015

NIOSH Science Blog: Keeping Workers Hydrated and Cool Despite the Heat

Keeping workers cool and well-hydrated are the best ways to protect them when working in hot environments.

Apr 2015

Avoid dehydration in the workplace

A growing body of evidence points to dehydration as one of the most widespread and least understood hindrances and dangers on the job.

Mental Health
Nov 2016

Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center: Suicide Prevention Resources

Our suicide prevention resources help individuals recognize and understand suicide related behaviors, risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors as well as learn how to help if confronted with a suicide situation.

(U.S. Navy)
Apr 2015

NIOSH Science Blog: Workplace Suicide

This Blog discusses suicide among US workers, risks by occupational and future prevention strategies.

Feb 2015

Caregiver Stress

It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Read on to learn symptoms and ways to avoid burnout.

(Alzheimer's Association)
Jun 2014

Guide to an Integrated Practices Program for Supporting a Return to Work and Promoting Job Retention (PDF)

This practical guide was designed to help develop a process for assisting and supporting the return to work of employees who have been absent from work for mental health reasons

Apr 2014

Work Organization and Stress: Systematic Approaches for Employers, Managers, and Trade Union Representatives (PDF)

Work stress is thought to affect individuals’ psychological and physical health, as well as organizations’ effectiveness, in an adverse manner. This booklet provides practical advice on how to deal with work stress. It

Dec 2013

Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers

This presentation by the guide authors of "Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers" will include a brief description of the underlying research and framework, an overview of the contents, and recommendations for application and dissemination.

Jul 2013

Workplace interventions for people with common mental health problems: Evidence review and recommendations (PDF)

The current British Occupational Health Research Foundation project was designed to provide evidence-based answers, for the first time, on key questions related to the largest, and growing, cause of work-related ill health absence from work – mental ill health.

Sep 2012

Mental Health - Psychosocial Risk Factors in the Workplace

Thirteen psychosocial risk (PSR) factors have been identified by researchers at Simon Fraser University "based on extensive research and review of empirical data from national and international best practices. The factors were also determined based on existing and emerging Canadian case law and legislation."

Apr 2012

Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers (PDF)

To foster a pragmatic integrated approach to workplace mental health in Canada, the Workforce Advisory Committee (WAC) of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) collaborated with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University to examine the relevant scientific and ‘grey’ literature on approaches to improving the mental health of employees.

(Mental Health Commissionn of Canada)
Oct 2011

NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Stress at Work

In 1996, NIOSH established an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners from industry, labor, and academia to develop a national research agenda on the "organization of work." Work organization refers to management and supervisory practices, to production processes, and to their influence on the way work is performed.

Jul 2010

Making Work Meaningful - Promoting psychological well-being (PDF)

Work that is given meaning has vitaminic effects on the worker's mental health and inspires his commitment towards an organization, while work without meaning promotes the appearance of symptoms of stress, and even distress.

Jun 2010

Workplace Mental Health Promotion: A How-To Guide (PDF)

The purpose of this resource, provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association, is to provide workplace intermediaries with a high-quality, research-based, practical tool to improve the health of individuals and organizations. The focus of this resource is on creating mentally healthy workplaces that promote positive mental health and mental well-being for all employees.

Aug 2016

When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom

National Public Radio discusses the first mindfulness program to be studied with funding from the U.S. Department of Education — that is aimed at teachers, not directly at students.

Dec 2015

Mindfulness and Total Worker Health Symposium: materials

This symposium addressing Mindfulness and Total Worker Health was presented on November 20, 2015 in Portland OR. Access handouts and recorded webinars.

(Occupational Health Sciences)
Moving at Work: Solutions
Jul 2015

NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series: Sedentary Work: Implications and Interventions for Worker Safety and Health

This archived webinar was recorded on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Feb 2015

CCOHS Working in a Sitting Position

The topic page provided by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, addresses the consequences and solutions of jobs involving sitting.

Jun 2014

Workplace Solutions to Get People Moving (June 2014) (PDF)

This tip sheet was created by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences summarizing recommendations and tips shared during its June 2014 symposium.

Jun 2014

Worksite Walkability

Using CDC's Walkability Audit from this site can help you assess the safety or attractiveness of the walking routes at your worksite. The audit helps you map out the most commonly used walking routes, and helps you identify the most common safety hazards and inconveniences that can keep employees from walking at work.

Jun 2014

Guide to Walking Meetings

Guide to walking meetings created by Feet First, promoting Walkable Communities.

(Feet First)
Dec 2013

Worksite Walking Campaign Tools

These communication tools can be used to encourage employees to be physically active and walk more. Employees benefit from seeing positive messages and information that encourage them to participate in a walking program. The tools include flyers, e-blasts, a pocket guide, sample texts for mobile applications, and 9 E-cards for employees to share.

Nov 2012

StairWELL to Better Health

This section will provide the information you need to transform your stairs into StairWELLs for better health.

Jun 2016

SAIF Corporation Strengthen and Lengthen Poster (PDF)

Less than 10 minutes is all it takes to begin improving muscle tone, building strength, and reducing your risk of injury. Print out this poster and try these simple exercises on your next work break.

Dec 2015

Moving forward: Helping workers cope after they witness a serious incident

This November 2015 article is provided by the National Safety Council's Safety and Health publication.

Dec 2015

E-fact 76: Well-being at work: creating a positive work environment

This publication summarises the findings from the 'Well-being at work: creating a positive work environment' report, which is based on responses to a questionnaire distributed to organisations in 30 countries, and a survey of the literature.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Nov 2015

Using Total Worker Health™ Concepts to Enhance Workplace Tobacco Prevention and Control

Worksite health promotion programs designed to improve worker health, such as those that help workers stop or reduce tobacco use, have traditionally focused on individual factors and not taken work-related exposures and hazards into account

Sep 2015

National Cancer Institute: Sun Safety Intervention Programs

Research-tested Intervention Programs (NCI) - Summary statements, ratings and program materials from cancer prevention and control studies.

Sep 2015

Vacation Commitment Toolkit

Join the Vacation Commitment Initiative. Show your employees that you care by encouraging them to take the time off they deserve. Happier, healthier employees mean a more productive workplace.

(Take Back Your
Jul 2015

Public Health is for Everyone: An inclusive planning toolkit for public health professionals

Introducing Public Health Is for Everyone, a one-stop living collection of resources and best practices on health and disability to ensure public health efforts reach people living with a disability.

Apr 2015

Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury Through Workplace Tobacco Policies

NIOSH urges all employers to embrace a goal that all their workplaces will ultimately be made and maintained tobacco-free. Specific recommendations and guidelines are shared in this document.

Mar 2015

Health Impacts Safety! Safety & Wellness Meeting Guides

These meeting guides, created by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, are designed to be used by facilitators of safety and wellness committee meetings.

(Occupational Health Sciences)
Jan 2015

Total Worker HealthTM: Worksheet to Help You Get Started on Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (PDF)

This worksheet was adapted from The Whole Worker: Guidelines for Integrating OccupationalzHealth and Safety with Workplace Wellness Programs by Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’Compensation in the California Department of Industrial Relations

Jan 2015

Successful Business Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke Toolkit (PDF)

Heart disease and stroke, the principal components of cardiovascular disease (CVD), are among the nation's leading causes of death and disability and the most expensive medical conditions for businesses.1,2 The good news is that employers take preventive action to improve worker health and productivity and save on health care costs.

Dec 2014

Community Health Advisor

CommunityHEALTHADVISOR - Your resource for information on the benefits of evidence-based policies and programs.

(RWJ Foundation)
May 2014

Ensuring Staff Are Safe and Healthy: The Role of Health Care Supervisors (PDF)

The book explains how supervisors in health care settings can contribute to workplace health and safety. It will be useful for employers, supervisors, educators, joint occupational health and safety committee members, and worker representatives in acute, residential, home, and community care.

Apr 2014

Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance Poster

The Protected Sick Time Ordinance approved by the Portland City Council in 2013 ensures that all eligible persons working in the City of Portland earn sick time to use when they or a family member are sick, injured, or need preventive health care.

(City of Portland, Oregon)
Oct 2013

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults - Workshop Summary

On May 7-8, 2013, the IOM and National Research Council held a workshop to bring together more than 250 researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and young adults. The workshop was designed to highlight research on the development, health, safety, and well-being of young adults.

Aug 2013

What's Good for Health is Good for Business: Engaging the Business Community in Prevention Efforts

This resource guide for public health departments and coalitions outlines the steps involved in forging successful community prevention partnerships with local businesses.

(Prevention Institute)
Dec 2012

E-fact 47: Health promotion in the road transport sector

Promoting health at the workplace requires a holistic approach. Any initiatives should consider the worker’s private life, their working life, and the interaction between the two. Working conditions are known to influence the general health of workers; for example, sedentary work can contribute to obesity.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Worksite Programs & Kits
Apr 2016

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center PUSH: Start the conversation

The Start the Conversation activities were developed and/or adapted from CDC/NIOSH’s Talking Safety, Youth@Work curriculum. These activities were made to educate young workers about work and non-work factors (safety in the workplace, professional communication and health) that can impact safety on and off the job. These activities are designed to be led by supervisors at staff meetings or training sessions. Each activity is about 10-20 minutes long.

(Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences)
Apr 2015

OH&S Online: EEOC Publishes Major Rule on Wellness Incentives

This article, published in OH&S Online describes a notice of proposed rulemaking on wellness incentives by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Feb 2014

CPH-NEW Healthy Workplace Participatory Program

Use this new online tool - the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program - to systematically develop programs that improve employee health, safety and productivity. Developed by researchers at the Center for Promotion and Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW), the field tested tool includes an interactive assessment and seven-step planning process.

(UMass Lowell)
Sep 2013

Advancing Healthy Workplaces

The goal of this website is to make information, tools and resources easily available that will help employees, employers and practitioners participate in making their workplaces healthy and safe.

May 2013

Worksite Program California Fit Business Kit!

Welcome to the California Fit Business Kit! The Network for a Healthy California -- Worksite Program developed this suite of tools and resources to help employers develop and implement a culture and environment at their workplaces that support healthy eating and physical activity among workers. This Kit contains ten individual components, all of which have been evaluated by a diverse mix of businesses from across the state and have been designed to be easily implemented at any worksite.

Jun 2012

National Healthy Worksite Program

The National Healthy Worksite Program is designed to help employers in implementing science and practice-based wellness strategies.

Sep 2011


Employers of all sizes and types can use resources on this site to assess your support for employee health, forge workplace strategies, find easy, fun and affordable ways to make your workplace healthy and more.

(Wellness@Work Oregon)