Grant to Help Workforces Stay Healthy


By Stephanie Tyrpak

CARBONDALE -- New funding is on it's way to improve the health of southern Illinois workers.

The Delta Regional Authority announced a grant of $187,500 to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 
That money will be used to support groups, like the Jackson County Health Department, in reaching out to employers. 
NeuroRestorative is one of the employers working with the health department to create a wellness program.
"If you have a healthy workforce, you have a workforce who is going to be able to have good attendance," said NeuroRestorative Program Director Teri Hogan.
A big goal for the Affordable Care Act is reducing health care costs. Those costs can be a major expense for employers.  Offering employees prevention programs will be key in that cost cutting process.
The Jackson County Health Department is hosting a Worksite Wellness Forum on February 26th. The forum will be held at John A. Logan College.
Employers looking to start health programs are welcome to attend. You can sign up with the Jackson County Health Department through Friday. 
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