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The government wants to give your company $5K to shape up

Updated: May 14, 2014 3:29PM



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering Chicago businesses free training on how to promote employee wellness in the workplace — and possibly up to $5,000 to implement it.

Small and medium-size businesses can attend training May 27 or 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days), at the AMA Executive Conference Center, 8655 W. Higgins Road in Chicago.

There, and during a more intensive follow-up spanning six months, personnel from CDC’s Work@Health program will go over ways businesses can reduce chronic disease and injury risk to employees and boost worker productivity.

The CDC says it will make available up to $5,000 in grant money per business — and $675,000 total — to help qualifying Chicago-area businesses launch the Work@Health program.

Three other cities are also participating in the pilot effort: Atlanta, Baltimore and Oakland, California.

The $8 million program is funded through the Affordable Care Act, which has been criticized by some for increasing health care costs for businesses.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/workathealth.

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