Finance Director Steve
Parr, Project Manager Angela Bannister,
Flint Merchant Association President Carlos Cesar and Healthy City Fall
River Coordinator Dr. David Weed
the Main Street Cafe and Bakery to talk about the benefits of the Small Worksite
Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. (Partners) announced
the launch of the Greater Fall River Small Worksite Wellness Project (SWWP) in
was funded by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s Center for the
Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace to conduct a research program
to evaluate a new wellness initiative for local small businesses.
$18,249 grant paid for start-up costs and evaluation to learn what works
best to engage employees of small businesses in a healthier lifestyles. Business
owners in the Greater Fall River Area with fewer than 25 employees were invited to participate in a
six-month program at no cost that paid for incentives and provide supports
to employers who want to see their employees improve their health status.
program offered opportunities to engage in fitness programs, nutrition
education, smoking cessation, substance abuse prevention, stress management,
occupational health and safety, and other specific interventions designed to
reduce illness or injury both on and off the job. Resources for the program were
drawn from local organizations who had been engaged with Partners for a
Healthier Community, Inc. and the Healthy City Fall River initiative.
here for the Herald News article. Click
here for a final report of the Project, click here. For more
information about the program,
Worksite Wellness Coordinator Angela
Bras at 774-400-4466.
Working to improve the health and productivity of