DENVER – The Outdoor Recreation Industry Office at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade today launched the Get Outdoors Employer Toolkit, designed for Colorado companies interested in improving the health and well-being of their employees.
The Get Outdoors Employer Toolkit promotes a healthier Colorado workforce through the creation of a health and business-focused wellness assessment and collection of free local resources for businesses. After completing the assessment, participants will receive a set of recommendations on ways their company can improve its health and wellness programs.
The toolkit, created in partnership with the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, is designed to integrate and promote sustainable nature experiences and outdoor recreation through workplace initiatives and enhance the health and well-being of diverse workforces.
The program supports the Governor’s Health Initiative to lower the cost of healthcare by encouraging Coloradans to get outside. According to Nature News, Americans are spending roughly 90 percent of their time inside buildings and vehicles. This migration indoors and less active lifestyle can be linked to an increase in health issues such as high cholesterol, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Outdoor recreation not only offers tremendous health benefits, but also reduces stress levels, improves general well-being and increases social connectedness.
“In 2018, our office compiled the Colorado Outdoor RX report that detailed the value of engaging with the outdoors and the devastating impacts associated with current trends of spending more time inside,” said Nathan Fey, director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. “This health toolkit is a vital component to collect and share the insights and best practices that help employers reverse the indoor migration trend and help cultivate a more active and engaged workforce.”
Fey continued, “We are fortunate to have a governor who champions the health of all Coloradans and places high priority on advancing a healthier Colorado.”
“Employers already play a huge role in promoting worker health through the workplace culture they create and the policies and programs they offer,” said Lili Tenney, outreach director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment. “This is an opportunity to shift the perspective of businesses across the state and challenges them to look outside their walls and integrate what we know from science is good for everyone – nature.”
The employer assessment can be found at choosecolorado.com/getoutdoors. The assessment takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and all responses and comments are completely anonymous. Neither the respondent nor their company will be mentioned in any reports or papers as a result of the survey.
About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at www.choosecolorado.com.
About The Center for Health, Work & Environment
The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (TWH) and houses the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to advance worker health, safety, and well-being. Health Links™ is our mentoring program that champions health and safety at work. We offer evidence-based Healthy Workplace Certification™ and advising to help organizations and their team members achieve TWH. Learn more at www.healthlinkscertified.org