WorkWellKS serves 30 communities throughout the state, but organizers say Lawrence has the most participation.
"We're so thrilled Lawrence has been very receptive to this. This is our second time in this community, and we've always had more work sites participate here than anywhere else," said Elizabeth Ablah, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita.
WorkWellKS is a three-year program funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to promote wellness in workplace. The program teaches businesses a strategic framework about how to build a foundation on wellness using a 3:4:50 model: the three issues when it comes to wellness are physical inactivity, poor access to healthy foods, and tobacco use, which contribute to four chronic diseases, making up 50 percent of the world's mortality.
Ten businesses in Lawrence are training today and tomorrow to learn how to modify these behaviors and makes changes to work policies, environment, and culture. Ablah encourages workplaces to consider tobacco-free campuses, or install showers and changing rooms to allow employees to be active.
Sally Trujillo from Cottonwood, Inc. said there's a pretty developed wellness committee at her workplace, but she'd like to see it grow.
"These are definitely things I think we can take back and I'm also kind of interested in what other organizations are doing," Trujillo said.
Ablah said she wants to encourage organizations to thank about worksite wellness in ways that are innovative and fun to make people want to work there.
"If we had all these different entities making these same sort of changes, of course we would have a more healthy Lawrence," Ablah said. "So it's really exciting to be thinking about it at a larger level and how our community is going to be affected by these changes."
Ablah hopes participants at the workshop will take the evidence presented and create a workplace wellness plan that works for them.
WorkWell Lawrence will host its third annual symposium September 10, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center.