Governor Pete Wilson signed Executive Order W-119-95 on April 4, 1995. The Order recognizes that the physical and mental well-being of the State work force can be improved through work site health promotion focusing on preventative medicine, exercise, nutrition, stress management, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol avoidance, and accident prevention. The order acknowledges that a healthier work force can result in higher quality work, improved morale and productivity, reduced absenteeism, and lower healthcare and workers' compensation costs. It states that each State department shall dedicate resources to coordinate a wellness program or arrange to cooperate with other departments in their agency or their geographic proximity for program coordination.
The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is charged by the Governor with developing a core program to serve as the central clearinghouse of health and fitness promotion and illness prevention information statewide.
Each state department is responsible for implementing an employee wellness program at their worksite utilizing existing funds, resources, and support.
According to the American Heart Association, most heart disease is preventable with better diet and more exercise. By providing a variety of wellness activities, we can help reduce our employees' risk for heart disease, increase productivity and morale, and reduce health insurance costs. Get your department involved in the Annual State Employee Heart Walk and help your employees take steps toward leading an active and healthy life.
We have convened a Carrier Council to assist in making Healthier U a sustainable wellness program as well as provide resources and support to department wellness programs statewide. Our Carrier Council partners include:
Healthier U Playbook
Healthier U is the California workplace wellness program— by state employees for state employees. The Healthier U Playbook is a step-by-step guide to implement the Healthier U framework at your department.
CalHR is developing training to educate coordinators on general wellness program duties, assist them in implementing Healthier U Connections and other activities, and applying wellness program best practices
Emily Mah-NakanishiWellness Program CoordinatorCalifornia Public Employees’Retirement SystemLearn about Emily’s leadership of CalPERS Program PDF | RTF
Wellness Program Coordinator
California Public Employees’
Learn about Emily’s leadership of CalPERS Program PDF | RTF
CalHR established the Wellness Coordinator Honor Club to recognize the dedication of wellness coordinators committed to improving the health and well-being of fellow state employees at their department.
Stella Hernandez, Department of Child Support ServicesElizabeth Leonard and Rich Walline, California Housing Finance AgencyMakeba Guthrie, State Compensation Insurance FundRebekah Williams, Department of Health Care Services