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Workplace Wellness Legislation Passes State Senate

Thursday, November 14, 2013  
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The State Senate passed the "Wisconsin Healthy Jobs Act," Senate Bill 73 on November 5.

The bill, authored by Senator Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Representative John Murtha (R-Baldwin), creates a $3m workplace wellness grant program housed in the Department of Health Services. The legislation allows an employer to receive a grant for up to 30 percent of the costs of providing a workplace wellness program.

Workplace wellness programs must meet established criteria, including a health risk assessments and one or more of the following programs: chronic disease prevention, weight management, stress management, worker injury prevention programs, health screenings, nutrition education, health or fitness incentive programs, vaccinations or employee physical examinations.

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