Two tools for evaluating the effectiveness of healthy workplace programs are helping U.S. employers improve worksite wellness, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Prevention Partners.

Researchers evaluated the success of the CDC's Worksite Health ScoreCard and Prevention Partners' WorkHealthy America to help describe workplace health promotion practices across the United States. Both tools focus on actions employers, rather than employees, can take to create a culture that supports health.

The analysis showed that since their launch, these tools have reached nearly 2,000 workplaces across 42 states. These workplaces are diverse in size, sector, and location. A high percentage of employers using these instruments (85 percent of WorkHealthy America users and 45 percent of Worksite Health ScoreCard users) have comprehensive workplace health programs, which improve their program's chances of being effective, impactful, and sustainable.

Researchers note that this is the first combined analysis of two national organization-level healthy workplace datasets.

Article: Comparing 2 National Organization-Level Workplace Health Promotion and Improvement Tools, 2013-2015, Amy Meador, MPH; Jason E. Lang, MPH, MS; Whitney D. Davis, MPH; Nkenge H. Jones-Jack, PhD; Qaiser Mukhtar, PhD; Hua Lu, MS; Sushama D. Acharya, PhD; Meg E. Molloy, DrPH, MPH, Preventing Chronic Disease, doi: 10.5888/pcd13.160164, published 29 September 2016.