Mission Statement Mission Statement

  • The Well Racine Taskforce will encourage and assist Racine employers to develop and deliver result-orientated employee wellness programs.
  • These programs will be a key business strategy to enhance the health and well-being of their workforce, manage health care expenditures and raise community awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Vision Statement Vision Statement

  • Racine County will reapply and achieve a Well Racine designation.
  • We will create the momentum to act as a catalyst for Well Region and Well State initiatives in the years to come.
  • We will succeed in creating a healthier and more productive workforce within the community.

Information Information

Get Healthy.

The Well Racine initiative is a community-wide health project to obtain recognition of Racine, Wisconsin as a "Well City" by the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA). The initiative started as a sustainable Leadership Racine team project in January 2008. Well Racine is a part of Well CityUSA, a national initiative of WELCOA to create a healthier American workforce by engaging business communities to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

The Well Racine Task Force is comprised of community leaders spearheading this wellness project within the Racine business community. The participating Racine employers have united in their commitment to each being awarded the "Well Workplace" designation by WELCOA.

Some health facts.

Poor health habits take an enormous toll on American business!

Faced with rising health care costs, how employers manage these expenses is critical to businesses' bottom lines. Consider the following*:

  • Health insurance expenses are the fastest-growing costs of doing business.
  • Employers spend a yearly average of $1685 per employee on absenteeism, low productivity and other indirect costs related to health problems.
  • Job stress is estimated to cost American industry $250 billion annually.
  • 70% of all health care costs generated in the U.S. are attributable to preventable risks and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
  • A national survey of 450 major employers found that 67% were incorporating more aggressive wellness and disease management programs for employees.
  • * statistics from Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council

Be a leader!

Join the Well Racine initiative and be a leader in the Racine business community. Wellness programs are a proven solution to containing high health care costs, as well as attracting and retaining a talented and productive workforce. In addition your business will improve its bottom line, your employees will be healthier and Racine's image will be enhanced when recognized nationally as a Well City. Your company may experience additional benefits, including:

  • Reduced work-related injuries
  • Improved employee lifestyle choices
  • Greater employee morale
  • Improved productivity and reduced absenteeism

What can you do?

By joining the Well Racine initiative, your company commits to using WELCOA's Well Workplace Process. The process provides a business with a blueprint to help the organization build and sustain a results-orientated wellness program.

Once the Well Workplace Process is in place, led by a company mentor, the company may apply for a Well Workplace Award. Today, over 1,000 companies have received the prestigious Well Workplace Award.


Contact Contact
email: WellCityRacine@wi.rr.com
phone: 262.687.2128
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Task Force Members Task Force Members
Chana Bannister -
SC Johnson
Tarey Bernhard (co-chair) -
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
County Executive - Jonathan Delagrave
Racine County
John Barrett -
Racine County
Mayor John Dickert -
City of Racine
Kate Elliott -
Wellness Council of Wisconsin
Ken Gould D.D.S. (co-chair) -
Gould Dentistry, LLC
Debbie Herz-Mazius -
City of Racine
Dana Quinn -