The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named 15 employers in Pierce County that have voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP), a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The list includes employers in Fife, Lakewood, Sumner and Tacoma.

The South Sound county is one of eight communities across the country chosen to participate in the NHWP because of their high rates of chronic diseases and health risk behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity.

Local employers chosen as program participants are:

  • McConkey Co., of Sumner
  • Pacific Alaska Freightways Inc., of Fife
  • Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare of Lakewood
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Brown & Haley, the Tacoma Housing Authority
  • APA – The Engineered Wood Association
  • Pediatrics Northwest
  • Brown & Brown of Washington Inc. – Tacoma
  • Pierce County AIDS Foundation
  • Tacoma Community House
  • United Way of Pierce County
  • Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID)
  • Roman Meal Co.

Each employer will receive intensive support and expertise in developing a combination of interventions. They can choose which strategies to implement that support physical activity, good nutrition, and tobacco-use cessation.

CDC’s National Healthy Worksite Program is supported through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. More information is on its website.