For Colorado

For the Health of it!

For Colorado is a statewide initiative focused on integrating health and wellness into the places Coloradans work, live and play.  The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is fueling the For Colorado initiative to cultivate a culture of health and well-being in small businesses and communities statewide while enhancing local economic vitality.

It aims to assist, recognize and connect the public through a three pillar model that mirrors the vision of healthy businesses lead to healthy communities.

Apply for Healthy Small Business Award Here 

Free Consultation   |  Health and Wellness Awards   |   Statewide Wellness Council


Free Health and Wellness Consultation

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network will provide free consultations to small businesses to integrate health and wellness into the backbone of their business at any stage.

  • Consultation includes
    1. General Assessment of business health.
    2. Customized action plan to enhance business and employee well-being.
    3. Access to local experts and resources upon completion of consultation.
    4. Follow-up and continued support to ensure success.
  • Want to enhance your business? Go online to request an appointment at your local SBDC.
Governor's Health and Wellness Awards

Incentivize small businesses and communities efforts to obtain a culture of health through statewide recognition. The awarded winners will receive Governor’s proclamation at a public event, press release and a featured story on OEDITs website.

Governor’s Healthy Community Award: Closed

Healthy Community Award Guidelines

Healthy Community Award Application

Governor’s Healthy Small Business Award: Deadline December 15th

Healthy Small Business Award Guidelines

Healthy Small Business Award Application

Apply For Governor’s Healthy Small Business Award Here

Statewide Wellness Council

Partner with Governor’s council of Active and Healthy Lifestyles (CGCHAL) to serve as statewide coalition among organizations to enhance wellness efforts statewide.

Why Health and Wellness?
  • OEDIT defines health and wellness as comprehensive and inclusive circle of well-being including: mental, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, financial and physical aspects.
  • For businesses to survive and thrive, it is essential to nourish and cultivate human energy and support wellness of their employees in all dimensions.
  • Be proactive to future dimensions of work to be more fluid, adaptable, collaborative and foster continued learning.

Source: Global Wellness Institute, Future of Wellness at Work 2016

Benefits of Health and Wellness

Subtle changes in the workplace culture can lead to big impact on business and communities. The workplace is an ideal and critical environment to help develop healthy habits.

When businesses integrate a holistic healthy lifestyle into their employee’s lives it is proven to influence the following benefits:

  • Enhanced employee productivity
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduction in medical costs
  • Increased employee retention and attraction
  • Elevated employee morale
  • Enhanced Employee Happiness and Satisfaction
  • Heightened customer loyalty
  • Cultivate passion and culture of well-being

Source: Global Wellness Institute, Future of Wellness at Work 2016

Jamie Hackbarth Health & Wellness Strategist