Employee Wellness

The Washington County Wellness Program is designed to provide community resources, education and programs that encourage County employees to make healthy lifestyle choices, which will serve to strengthen the existing culture of health, leading to healthier, happier and more effective employees.

The Wellness Committee is comprised of "Wellness Champions" - a group of employees representing various departments of Washington County.  Through monthly meetings, the committee is dedicated to developing resources, education materials and activities that support the wellness program mission.

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To support a culture of wellness by enhancing opportunities for employees to develop healthier lifestyles.

A thorough assessment of healthcare utilization, work environments and employee wellness interests was completed to assist with developing the Wellness Program action plan.  To learn more about the assessment, read the Wellness Program Assessment Summary.
 

What's New

2015 Elder Care Series for Employees

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You are invited to participate and attend all presentations or just those relevant to your situation.

As an employee and caregiver to a loved one, the demands of juggling both can be stressful and physically exhausting.  Learn how to practice good self-care for yourself and also what resources and services are available when someone needs more help to remain independent, whether local or long-distance. Other topics will include important legal considerations for family caregivers. 

I. Information and Help for my Aging Relative –February 19, 2015

Learn about community resources that help older adults remain independent, and services that help families who are taking care of loved ones at home.

2. Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia –March 19, 2015

More than 5.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death. It is estimated that 15.5 million family caregivers provide care to someone with Alzheimer's. Learn about help for families who are taking care of loved ones who are cognitively impaired.

3. Legal Considerations for Family Caregivers –April 16, 2015

With longer life spans and chronic diseases, planning for future needs is very important. Learn ways you and the person in your care can take control in decision-making for finance, health care and estate planning so that you are less surprised by the unexpected.

4. Practicing Good Self Care as a Working Family Caregiver –May 14, 2015

Working and care giving can be difficult and stressful.  Explore strategies for taking care of yourself as you work and take care of another.

 

Register to attend all presentations, or choose the most relevant to you. See attached flyer for more information.

  • Where:  PSB-270 Sequoia Room Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • How:  Registration required - Email EmployeeWellness and request which sessions you wish to attend.

Format of presentations; includes expert speakers, takeaways and Q & A as time permits.

Weigh the Same Challenge!

Formal challenge registration at myProvidence.org has closed. Be sure to log your weight each week and use the helpful To-Do List at myProvidence.org.  The list contains articles with information on how to develop healthy routines and keep your motivation as we go through the home stretch of the challenge.

  • Eight Week Challenge November 17, 2014 –January 11, 2015.
  • Use your myProvidence/Wellness Central account to sign up the week of November 10th.
  • Prizes:Movie tickets, pedometers, FitBits and grand prize a Spa gift card.

See attached flyer and FAQ's for information and challenge details.  Need a myProvidence account? Choose your medical plan provider below and click on the logo.  If your are a temporary employee, use the Kaiser logo instructions. 

Providence Member InstructionsKaiser or Temp Instructions

Challenge yourself to maintain a healthy weight during the fall/winter season!

Week 1 Tips! - Practice Portion Control

Week 2 Tips! - Walking Works Wonders for Your Health, Energy and Spirit

Week 3 Tips! - Stay Active Indoors

Week 4 Tips! - No more excuses!  Get out there and get your heart pumping!

Week 5 Tips! - Boost Your Metabolism

2015 Open Enrollment


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2015 Open Enrollment

 

Open enrollment, November 17-28, 2014.  This is your annual opportunity to make changes to your medical, dental, and vision benefit elections and sign up for flexible spending accounts (FSA). Your elections will be for the 2015 calendar year (January 1, 2015—December 31, 2015). Packets have been mailed to your home address and should be reviewed carefully, since there are changes to the medical plans with the introduction of Healthy Choices benefit levels.  Detailed information can be found on the benefits webpage



Support Employees with Healthy Meetings

In July, guidelines for Healthy & Sustainable Meetings were approved by Washington County Administrative Office. By incorporating sustainability and health considerations in meeting and event coordination decisions, the County hopes to promote practices that conserve resources, improve employee well-being, and encourage responsible behaviors.

When planning your next meeting or event use the Healthy Meeting Guidelines and Sustainable Meeting and Event Guidelines, to create an environment that will help your coworkers feel healthier and more energized so they can perform their best. Support your co-workers by posting the Healthy and Sustainable Tips for Meetings poster in employee common areas.

Questions? Contact Julee Howard (x8261) regarding the healthy meeting guidelines and Robin Straughan (x8857) regarding the sustainable guidelines. 



Looking for Wellness Resources?

Coaching
Wellness Coaching
Do you have a tobacco habit? Snack to soothe your stress? Leave your walking shoes in the closet? It can be hard to make healthy changes — and stick with them. Wellness coaches can help.
 
To learn more, select your plan below:
 
 
Skiing
Discounts & Savings
Both healthcare plans have a wide variety of discount programs and services. Learn how you can adopt healthy behaviors, save on recreational activities, or simply enjoy life more.
 
To learn more, select your plan below:
Health Assessment image
The first step in taking control of your health is to understand your health status and risks. Your personal health assessment is a private, secure online tool.
 
To begin, select your plan below: 
Kaiser Permanente  (Note:  Kaiser members, if you wish to earn the Healthy Choices benefit level for 2015, follow these instructions)
 
 
 
Alternative Medicine
Alternative Care
Did you know both healthcare plans include chiropractic, naturopathy and acupuncture coverage? Check with your specific healthcare plan on massage therapy coverage. 
 
To learn more, select your plan below:

Questions?

Email us at EmployeeWellness@co.washington.or.us.

 

Healthy Employees.  Healthy County.