Let’s face it: Many wellness programs grapple with budget constraints. Although company leadership may find having a wellness program a worthy initiative, they may not be able to find the funds necessary to support it effectively.
Creative and resourceful wellness managers don’t buckle under the budget battle pressure. Instead they find free or low-cost resources to maintain and enhance their wellness program. These wellness tools exist everywhere – many within the boundaries of your state. Consider looking statewide for no-cost wellness program help.
- Each state government has FREE initiatives to improve population health, and that includes your population. Your tax dollars have likely contributed to funding these programs so you may as well take advantage of them. A good place to start is your state’s public health department. Many state health departments offer brochures, posters, and wellness challenges related to topics such as flu prevention, weight control, stop smoking, and more.
- State-supported colleges and universities often have extension programs and outreach efforts for health-related areas and need real-life experience opportunities for their students in health fields.
- Some big health-related associations have active state chapters that bring local events and resources to your backdoor. Look to organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and the Arthritis Foundation. The groups can connect you with local events that they sponsor and may help you find experts who may be willing to come speak to your wellness program participants.