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Роль государства в развитии программ укрепления здоровья на рабочем месте

Worksite wellness programs have become very popular in developed countries. They produce benefits to employees, employers and the whole society by providing ways to change behaviors associated with risk factors (such as smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, physical inactivity, stress etc.). Workplace wellness programs are viewed as investment in human capital. That’s why in many countries worksite wellness programs are supported by federal and regional authorities. While Russian government understands the importance of healthy lifestyle, employees- sponsored health programs have not seen any significant support by now. The article therefore describes the benefits associated with worksite wellness programs; examines the ways authorities promote such programs in developed countries (e.g. tax allowances, grants, special initiatives to help small and medium enterprises, national health programs, pilot projects, and a wide range of measures aimed at providing enterprises with information about best practice examples). After studying evidence from developed countries we discuss what health policy initiatives could be taken in Russia in order to promote worksite wellness programs