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Small Worksite Wellness Project










Fall River Office of Economic Development Finance Director Steve Parr, Project Manager Angela Bannister, 
Flint Merchant Association President Carlos Cesar and  Healthy City Fall River Coordinator Dr. David Weed 
meet at the Main Street Cafe and Bakery to talk about the benefits of the Small Worksite Wellness Program.

Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. (Partners) announced the launch of the Greater Fall River Small Worksite Wellness Project (SWWP) in October 2011.

Partners 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. 

The $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.

The 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.

Click here for the Herald News article. Click here for a final report of the Project, click here. For more information about the program, contact Worksite Wellness Coordinator Angela Bras at 774-400-4466.          

Working to improve the health and productivity of Southcoast employees!