PITTSBURG — Representatives from local businesses gathered Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss health in the workplace.

The Crawford County Health Department and Live Well Crawford County collaborated to bring in Work Well Kansas. Work Well helps businesses create and implement worksite wellness policies.

Live Well Co-Chair Debra Anthony said the events aimed to help local businesses start working toward a healthier workplace. Anthony also works at the Crawford County Health Department.

The sessions took place at Fire Station 1 in Pittsburg, and the first focused on the foundation of creating a wellness program.

The foundation workshop instructed local business representatives on how to create a worksite wellness committee. Wednesday’s session focused on bringing healthy food options into the workplace.

“After building a committee, Work Well encourages businesses to focus on one area at a time,” Anthony said.

Work Well Kansas presenter, Dr. Elizabeth Ablah spoke to attendees about the impact wellness and health can have in the workplace. According to Work Well, a wellness program can lead to lower medical costs, increased productivity and increased recruitment and retention.

“People want to come to work in a healthy environment,” Anthony said.

Live Well and CCHD are planning to bring Work Well to Crawford County again in the future to talk about tobacco and physical activity in the workplace. Anthony said the workshops come at no cost to CCHD or Live Well. The events are funded through a combination of grants and Work Well’s own funding.

“We really want to promote worksite wellness,” Anthony said. “One way is working through a great Kansas-based organization like Work Well.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.