To create a meaningful wellness program that will align with the specific health needs of your company and engage employees in a culture of wellness, it is important to create a Wellness Committee made up of volunteers from all areas of your workforce.

A Wellness Committee represents all stakeholder groups who will ultimately participate in your wellness program, from management to shift workers and is led by an appointed “Wellness Champion,” who should be someone who has the ability to develop agendas, keep the team on task , define priorities, and effectively communicate with, and motivate others. The Wellness Committee members are the advocates for workplace policies and environment changes that support the wellness program. Most importantly, they serve as champions and role models for the program by actively participating in the Wellness Program and encouraging fellow employees to do the same.

Managerial support of the Wellness Committee and its recommendations is paramount to the success of any wellness program. The responsibilities of the Wellness Committee must be considered by management to be a part of their job descriptions and, thus, should be fully supported and subject to performance review.

The reason a Wellness Committee is so important to the sustainability of a worksite wellness program is that it makes it personal. Rather than presenting a pre-packaged set of activities that any company could do, it creates a sense of ownership for the wellness program and allows it to form into something unique to your company and your employees.