A project of the National Diabetes Education Program

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Conduct a Health Risk Assessment
Review Claim Data
Review Benefits Coverage
Calculate What Diabetes Costs Your Business
Make the Business Case
Set Goals, Timeline, Budget
Work with Third-party Providers
Measure Results
Report Results
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Set Goals, Timeline, Budget

Effective worksite wellness programs are based on sound data, specific goals, a realistic timeline and a fair budget. Goals should take into account the employee and workplace data you collected and specify what you want to accomplish. Make sure your program’s goals are SMART-Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time specific.

Here are some examples of possible diabetes related goals to think about:

  • Develop supportive policies that allow employees with diabetes to management their disease. For  example, Employees will be able to test blood glucose values as needed.  Blood testing supplies and equipment may be kept at workstations and adequate time and an appropriate environment that is clean and provides for disposal of medical waste will be provided.  
  • Provide supportive infrastructures that facilitate the ability for employees to engage in healthy behaviors associated with diabetes prevention and management. For example, Areas for blood testing, time for exercise breaks, healthy options in vending machines and cafeteria as well as at meetings and events will be provided.
  • Provide education sessions and nutrition and activity resources and activities for all employees to adopt healthier lifestyles that reduce risk for chronic disease. For example, Diabetes screening and information will be offered each March as part of the American Diabetes Alert.
  • Coordinate workplace wellness efforts that are efficient and measurable. For example, Free materials from the CDC and NDEP will be used in the wellness program and collaboration with local health care providers will be used to provide presentations and resources for employees.  Data on number of participants, participant satisfaction and impact on health outcomes will be tracked annually.
  • Advocate for high-quality medical care for employees with or at risk for diabetes. For example, The ADA Standards of Care will be reviewed annually and recommendations made to senior management regarding health care coverage improvements  for persons with diabetes.
  • After you decide what you want to accomplish, determine a timeline for program launch and activities, then itemize projected costs.



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