The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has released a new Driven to Wellness website developed by NETS through a cooperative agreement with NHTSA. The campaign, geared toward employers, helps integrate often overlooked employee wellness components into a road safety program. Driver wellness and safety is critical to preventing crashes.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Approximately 156 million full-time workers in the United States spend a majority of their waking hours at work.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among workers in the U.S.
- Workplace health programs can reach segments of the population who otherwise might not be exposed to and engaged in public health promotion programs, campaigns and messages.
The campaign toolkit includes a number of valuable concepts and proven solutions on how employees can reach a healthy body weight and increase sleep, as well as tips on how to become more physically active to develop and maintain better health which ultimately improves safety on the road. For maximum impact the toolkit is organized into 5 essential components comprised of the following core wellness elements: physical wellness; work-life balance; impaired driving; healthy vehicles; and how to develop a wellness plan.
The website and accompanying materials can be accessed at https://driventowellness.org/.
NETS is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on and off-the-job.
NETS is a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, which provides guidance to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 global initiative. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org.