Tuesday, July 2, 2013

City of St. James Kicks Off Employee Wellness Program with Wellness / Walking Challenge

The City of St. James kicked off their first wellness challenge on Monday, June 17th.  During their first week they had over half of their staff participate in the challenge. With SHIP funds they were able to purchase pedometers for each employee to encourage them to participate in the challenge by walking each day during work hours. The challenge entails for every mile they walk outside of work or on breaks they receive a point, if they visit their local fitness center they will receive 2 points and if they participant in healthy events (screening days or lunch and learns)  by the City of St. James they will receive bonus points! To start off the walking challenge they hosted their first screening day. This included utilizing city ambulance staff and volunteers to conduct free blood pressure and glucose reading assessments. If staff members blood pressure or glucose readings were not within a normal range they were referred to local resources for help in managing their health. Those staff members who participated in the screening were eligible for bonus points in their wellness challenge. Over half of the City Staff was screened at this event! The City looks forward to seeing this challenge continue throughout summer!

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