Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VIII. Workplace Wellness.


§ 1–541.01. Workplace wellness policy.

(a) The Mayor shall develop and adopt a workplace wellness policy for the District government no later than one year following February 26, 2015. The workplace wellness policy shall be reviewed and updated annually.

(b) The workplace wellness policy required by subsection (a) of this section shall apply to all District agencies, including independent District agencies and the Council of the District of Columbia, but excluding boards and commissions, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and the Courts.

(c) The workplace wellness policy required by subsection (a) of this section shall include initiatives that:

(1) Establish measurable goals for improving the health of District government employees;

(2) Improve nutrition in the workplace, including:

(A) Expanding opportunities for employees to store lunches and foods in District buildings; and

(B) Promoting the availability and consumption of water throughout the day;

(3) Improve the physical fitness of employees and physical activity during the work day, including:

(A) Providing opportunities for employees to exercise at their desks and offices; and

(B) Ensuring that staircases are accessible and their use is encouraged;

(4) Promote healthy living and educate employees about physical activity, healthy eating, stress management, and disease prevention;

(5) Provide for early detection and screening for key health indicators; and

(6) Support changes in the work environment to encourage healthy behaviors and breastfeeding and promote occupational safety and health.

(d) Each agency shall designate one employee as the agency’s wellness coordinator who shall have the responsibility of implementing the wellness policy in the agency and promoting wellness programs.

(e) It is the goal of the District for each agency to achieve the American Heart Association’s gold-level designation as a “Fit-Friendly” workplace or other evidence-based workplace initiatives of national or local health organizations.


(Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 1092, 61 DCR 9990.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1092 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1092 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1092 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).


§ 1–541.02. Healthy food and beverage standards for District government property.

(a) The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], shall issue rules establishing healthy food and beverage nutrition and procurement standards that are guided by the General Services Administration document “Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations” for all District agencies no later than one year following February 26, 2015.

(b) The standards shall consider both positive and negative contributions of nutrients, ingredients, and foods to diets, including calories, portion size, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, and the presence of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nutrients of concern in Americans’ diets.

(c) The standards shall apply to foods and beverages purchased or served by District agencies, including at meetings, events, in vending machines, and through onsite vendors, with the exception of food served by the Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Health to persons who reside at their institutions or are in their direct custody. No less than 50% of all foods and beverages shall be healthy, as guided by the General Services Administration document “Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations”.

(d) The standards shall not apply to food to be served to children in schools, but may apply to food served to adults in schools if that food is separate and different from the food served to children.

(e) Exemptions may be allowed for those circumstances in which the individuals consuming the food have specific dietary needs.


(Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 1093, 61 DCR 9990.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1093 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1093 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1093 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).