A project of the National Diabetes Education Program

Understand Your Environment
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
Modify Your Program

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Understand Your Environment

Before you launch activities to prevent and manage diabetes as part of a new or existing worksite wellness program consider the following.

Identify the characteristics, needs, and interests of your employee group, including:

  • Current health status, such as cholesterol levels, body mass index, blood pressure
  • Current levels of physical activity
  • Current eating habits
  • Current diabetes or prediabetes diagnoses
  • Other risk factors that could affect the health of an employee such as stress level

Understand the unique features of your workplace:

  • Existing support for people with or at risk for diabetes
  • Community support that can supplement the program outside of the work environment such as local fitness centers like the YMCA
  • Health Plan provisions
  • Current company policies

Identify worksite wellness program barriers:

  • Wellness program costs - for the company and employees
  • Times, locations, incentives, and other logistics issues

Gather data using the following strategies:


Learn more about worksite wellness program planning at the CDC Healthy Worksite Initiative, the CDC Total Worker Health site and the ACOEM Health and Productivity Management Center.



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