Register today! Workplace Wellness Workshops June 19 – 21

Join other small- and medium-sized businesses for a regional workshop specifically designed for employers seeking the latest best practices in workplace wellness. Experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health will  discuss how to:

  • Gain stronger leadership support for a policy, systems and environmental change approach to workplace wellness
  • Develop a tobacco-free workplace
  • Increase the amount of healthy foods available at the work site
  • Create opportunities to offer physical activity during the work day

The events are sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health and will be held in three locations throughout Minnesota:

  • Tuesday, June 19 in Fergus Falls
  • Wednesday, June 20 in Otsego
  • Thursday, June 21 in Mankato

Registration will remain open past today’s deadline, please register as soon as possible at: surveymonkey.com/s/WorkshopJune2012

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Shakopee Chamber kicks off Health Challenge with former Biggest Loser contestant

Former Biggest Loser contestant and personal trainer O'Neal Hampton addresses more than 30 the Shakopee area business leaders.

Wednesday, February 8, The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon featuring former Biggest Loser contestant O’Neal Hampton.

More than 30 chamber members discussed their participation in health competitions and plans for the BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge.

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Willmar Chamber Kicks Off BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge

Friday, February 3, more than 60 Willmar Area Chamber members attended a Chamber Connections event at the Kandiyohi YMCA to kick off the BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge. Local employers, the YMCA and other community members are committed to making the most of this free statewide health competition for the Willmar community and anticipate that 50 local teams will join the Challenge!

Several local health care providers, service organizations and businesses even committed to local challenges that will fuel the healthy competition. Organizations that registered for the Challenge on-the-spot at the event will be recognized on Willmar’s BizicallyFIT web portal page.

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How much can a workplace wellness program save your organization?

USA TODAY: A recent survey by survey by Principal Financial Group, Medical costs improve by an average of $3.27 and absenteeism costs improve by an average of $2.73 for every dollar spent on wellness.

Learn more about how to start or strengthen a workplace wellness program in your company through our BizicallyFIT web portal, available through participating Chambers of Commerce.

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Dakota County Regional Chamber Offers BizicallyFIT™ Portal to Members

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is among the first in the state to offer the BizicallyFIT™ portal, a robust new program that will offer area businesses the information and tools they need to seize the benefits of workplace wellness. Seventy-five percent of employers’ health care costs are related to employee lifestyle choices and forward-thinking employers of all sizes are taking steps to help employees embrace healthier lifestyles. The BizicallyFIT™ portal is powered by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota and accessible to chamber members directly through the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

“Over the past several years, health care costs have been a serious issue for our members. We are excited to offer them tools and information they need to encourage and support employee health, regardless of their size, time or budget constraints,” said Ruthe Batulis, President, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The BizicallyFIT portal is creating a community of employers throughout Minnesota to share information, best practices and tools. The Dakota County Regional Chamber is proud to lead the way as an early-adopter of BizicallyFIT.”

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Litchfield Chamber Offers BizicallyFIT™ Portal to Members

The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce is among the first in the state to offer the BizicallyFIT™ portal, a robust new program that will offer area businesses the information and tools they need to seize the benefits of workplace wellness. Seventy-five percent of employers’ health care costs are related to employee lifestyle choices and forward-thinking employers of all sizes are taking steps to help employees embrace healthier lifestyles. The BizicallyFIT™ portal is powered by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota and accessible to Chamber members directly through the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Website.

“Our members know the value of healthier lifestyles among employees,” says Litchfield Chamber of Commerce President Dee Schutte. “Incorporating BizicallyFIT™ into our Chamber membership, we offer members a central place for conversation, sharing their own experience and learning best practices from others on how to start or strengthen a workplace wellness program.”

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Burnsville Chamber Offers BizicallyFIT™ Portal to Members

The Burnsville Chamber of Commerce is among the first in the state to offer the BizicallyFIT™ portal, a robust new program that will offer area businesses the information and tools they need to seize the benefits of workplace wellness. Seventy-five percent of employers’ health care costs are related to employee lifestyle choices and forward-thinking employers of all sizes are taking steps to help employees embrace healthier lifestyles. The BizicallyFIT™ portal is powered by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota and accessible to Chamber members directly through the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce website.

“Over the past several years, health care costs have been a serious issue for our members,” says Burnsville Chamber President Daron Van Helden. “We are excited to offer the BizicallyFIT™ portal to our members with information from peers and experts on how best to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among employees. Our goal is to give our members the tools to help decrease their health care costs.”

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Hibbing Chamber Offers BizicallyFIT™ Portal to Members

The Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce is among the first in the state to offer the BizicallyFIT™ portal, a robust new program that will offer area businesses the information and tools they need to seize the benefits of workplace wellness. Seventy-five percent of employers’ health care costs are related to employee lifestyle choices and forward-thinking employers of all sizes are taking steps to help employees embrace healthier lifestyles. The BizicallyFIT™ portal is powered by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota and accessible to chamber members directly through the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce website.

“Over the past several years, health care costs have been a serious issue for our members,” says Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce President Lory Fedo. “We’re proud to lead the way as a BizicallyFIT™ early adopter, offering our members the right solutions to encourage healthier behaviors among their employees.”

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Livestock feed manufacturer reduces health care premiums by 4% with wellness

Ralco employees enjoying healthy snacks at work

The Ralco Challenge 2009 Walking Program was born when Jon Knochenmus, president of the Marshall-based livestock feed manufacturer concluded that many years of double-digit annual increases for health insurance had become unsustainable. He decided to fight back through employee wellness.

Ralco started with a simple message: walking is good for your health. Each of its employees received bright green pedometers to count the number of steps they took each day. With participation from 90 percent of the company’s 120 employees, the hot green pedometers created buzz in the community. HR manager Shelly Gniffke  even received requests for pedometers from non-Ralco employees.  By the end of the 6-week program employees had tracked a total of 38,241,565 steps, roughly 14,500 miles – more than half way around the world.

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Minnesota Twist Drill renews commitment to wellness, sees early gains in employee health

When the economic downturn hit Hibbing-based Minnesota Twist Drill, employee wellness programming was among the first things to see the budget axe.

The previous program was fully coordinated by a consulting company, focused on Know Your Numbers biometric screening. Employees voiced appreciation for the programming and were disappointed to see it get eliminated.

Nearly three years later the cry for a wellness program grew louder. CEO Scott Allison, the company’s owners and HR Manager Jeannie Nobens decided to approach health in the workplace again. “We were looking at our rising health care costs, says Nobens. “And we want our employees to be happy.”

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