Hot Tips for August

            Work@Health® August Certification Course

  • Are you interested in free CDC backed and evidence based certifications that can qualify your workplace for $1,500 capacity building grants?

  • Is there a gap in the health and wellness of your staff and their ability to work happily and with minimal absenteeism?

Adding a Workplace Wellness program to your regular needs at work can decrease stress, decrease absenteeism and presenteeism, and decrease costs to the employer and employee related to healthcare and disease, all while increasing happiness, culture, morale, and overall productivity.

We will be hosting our CDC Work@Health® certification course again beginning in August. To add your name to the wait list or for more information enjoy our Work@Health® blog or contact our Workplace Wellness Director, Michael Fisher at 

Active SWV Capacity Building Grants

Capacity building grant funding is available through Active Southern West Virginia! Any West Virginia worksite that has completed the Work@Health® certification course may apply for these $1,500 capacity grants. Applications will be accepted from August 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. 

This grant funding is the perfect way to incorporate Policy, System, and Environmental changes around your workplace. From on site fitness centers, lunch and learn nutrition sessions, and so much more, these capacity building funds make it possible to create permanent change for physical and mental health in the workplace. The ultimate goal is to create an autonomous culture of health that spreads from work to the community. To date, Active SWV has awarded over $40,000 in capacity building grant funding to our Workplace Wellness sites. 

Contact for questions or to register for the next Work@Health® certification course to become eligible for second round grant applications for 2022.

                 Coming Together to Focus on Wellbeing

90,000 hours. 

If you guessed this was how long you might spend at work in a lifetime, you’re absolutely correct. We spend a large portion of our lives working. In fact, most people see their coworkers more than their families when we look at the average 8.5 hours of work per day. 

When we are surrounded by work so frequently, it can be easy to lose sight of your physical and mental wellbeing, especially when you don’t have a support system to promote a healthy lifestyle. When coworkers can come together to support healthy living, the effect can be seen in both the workplace and the community! 
A great example of this is in Raleigh County, where the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex is encompassed by the Piney Creek trail system. “In tracking use of the trail system, we have seen increases in recreation during lunch hours, and after work hours. The proximity of office spaces to these outdoor recreation hubs gives workers the opportunity for healthy recreation while also spending time with coworkers, organically creating friendships and networks”  says Corey Lilly, Director of Outdoor Economic Development for the City of Beckley. 

More cities and counties in the state are beginning to recognize the importance of access and availability of outdoor resources for recreation. With more trails, bike lanes, green spaces, and community based health events, not only will we increase worker health, but the health of all those in the Mountain State.