Center for Workforce Health

Improving the Health and Productivity of Today's Workforce


Online programs for a healthier workforce…

The Center for Workforce Health (CWH) is the innovative leader in ONLINE health and wellness programs for the workplace. For the past decade our award-winning health scientists and technology specialists have been creating engaging, computer-based programs - all rigorously tested in workplaces through more than $15 million from the National Institutes of Health. Many of these programs also feature mobile components accessible through smartphones and tablets.

Our programs span a wide range of health topics and have been used by scores of organizations throughout the U.S. And because we rigorously test all of our programs, they all carry scientifically generated evidence of effectiveness.



It has been over a year since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) a pandemic. Major disruptions were seen in worksites across the U.S., however, we have slowly started to regain some normalcy. Some workplaces have returned to the office while others maintain a "work from home" schedule.

Due to the stress of living through a pandemic, many people have developed unhealthy habits (e.g., unhealthy eating, alcohol consumption, sedentary behavior) that can lead to increased health risks and negative health outcomes. Now is the time to support our workforce in regaining their health. At the CWH we believe in supporting the health of the workforce across the U.S. through innovative and scientific-based solutions. Please reach out to Dr. Debra Rios at for more information on our Taking Charge program.

Taking Charge is a mobile, web-based worksite wellness intervention designed to provide users with the knowledge and skills to improve overall eating habits, increase physical activity, increase stress management strategies, and reduce risky alcohol consumption.


We are currently living in uncertain times with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are seeing major disruptions in worksites across the U.S. and in some cases we are seeing mass closures. Covid-19 is directly affecting the health of the workforce. And as we continue to navigate these tough times, we will begin to see indirect effects on the overall health of the workforce across the U.S.

If we look at the various dimensions of health, it is not implausible to think that the overall health of individuals is currently being affected across various dimensions. Individuals may be experiencing more stress, which could be leading to unhealthy coping habits. There is a lack of resources such as gyms or group exercise studios in which many individuals use to maintain their regular physical activity routine. There may be limitations on healthful foods or a lack of resources to access healthful foods during this time. These along with many other factors can negatively affect the health of the workforce, and, thus, it is vital now more than ever to promote healthful habits.

Covid-19 Resources:

How to Protect Yourself & Others, please see this resource from the CDC.

Getting your Workplace Ready for Covid-19 please see this resource from WHO.  

Further guidance on Covid-19 can be found at WHO and CDC.

Blog Posts

  • Welcome!

    Welcome to the Center for Workforce Health Blog! This Blog is a compilation of informal writings on innovations and progress from the world of preventive medicine, trending health news, tips to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and updates on our CWH programs. Lead author is Dr. Debra Rios, Research Scientist with the CWH, followed by additional guest contributors.

  • Regaining Your Health After Living through a Pandemic

    Over the past year, some of us have developed unhealthy habits as a way to cope with the stress of living through a pandemic. Simple strategies can be incorporated into your daily routine to help you regain your health.

  • How to Stay Active during the Pandemic

    Engaging in regular physical activity during a pandemic can be a challenge when you do not have access to local gyms or group exercise studios. However, there are many creative ways to engage in physical activity in your home and outdoors.

  • 3 Small Ways to Manage Your Stress During a Pandemic

    Stress is a normal part of daily life; however, you may be experiencing more stress than usual during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unmanaged stress can lead to poor health outcomes, thus, it is vital to find ways to effectively manage your stress during these stressful times.

  • Covid-19 Resources

    The Covid-19 pandemic is directly affecting the health of the U.S. workforce. And as we continue to navigate these tough times, we will begin to see indirect effects on the overall health of the workforce across our nation. The CWH is here to support worksites across the nation with the resources and tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle during these difficult times.

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