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PUBLISHED: 2:42 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Employee wellness group honors SEARHC Health Yourself Program

Photo courtesy of Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition
  Carol White, left, program manager for the state's Alaska Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, presents the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition's Well Workplace of the Month award for January to Natasha Petrofsky, coordinator of the City and Borough of Juneau's Health Yourself Program.
The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the City and Borough of Juneau's Health Yourself Program with its Well Workplace of the Month award for January.

The award recognizes a Juneau organization's efforts in promoting employee wellness within its worksites.

The Health Yourself Program is one of the state's oldest worksite health promotion programs and it has received a tremendous level of support over the last 18 years.

Natasha Petrofsky is the new coordinator of the Health Yourself Program, and for the past month or so she has focused much of her attention on clarifying the roles within the wellness team so it plays a more integral part in making decisions about the direction, activities and policies the program wants to achieve.

The wellness team represents 800 employees located in 23 separate buildings throughout Juneau.

A change like this can have a major impact on the benefits employees enjoy, and that's why Health Yourself was presented with January's Well Workplace Award.

"This program provides an excellent example of a successful, sustainable program," said Carol White, Program Manager for the state's Alaska Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and one of the coordinators for the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition.

The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness that was created as a follow-up to September's Well Workplace University.

The coalition is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, State of Alaska Division of Public Health and the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program.

The coalition's next meeting is from 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Room 110 of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation Building.

The meetings are open to businesses and other organizations that want to get together to share their experiences, lessons learned and successes in implementing the Wellness Councils of America's Steps to Success. Steps to Success gives a "road map" to businesses that want to develop and implement effective worksite health promotion programs.

For more information on the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition, contact Evelyn Williams of the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program at 364-4454 or Carol White at the state's Alaska Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at 465-8670.


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