Some of UAS's employee wellness activities this year include:
Creating competitive pricing in its cafeteria so unhealthy foods cost more than healthier options;
Holding "snack wars" for staff and faculty, who visited various departments to taste and rate healthy snacks;
Creating the Encouragement Team, which serves the wellness team and provides the vision behind many of UAS's employee wellness initiatives;
Switching their student concession stand in the recreation center to offer more healthy options; and
Adding an employee bulletin board to note wellness accomplishments by fellow co-workers, as well as date-of-hire anniversaries and other items of interest.
"The easiest part has been the great support system UAS has provided to make changes possible," Encouragement Team member Heather Swanson added.
The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness and the group is open to all Juneau workplaces interested in designing and implementing effective employee wellness plans. The coalition was created as a follow-up to the Working Well in Alaska employee wellness training seminar held in October in Juneau, and is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program. Participants in the coalition may be able to apply for small grants from the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program to help promote employee wellness within their organization.
The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition hosts its next monthly brown-bag lunch meeting 12 noon-1 p.m. Feb. 6, at Conference Room A of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, 3245 Hospital Drive. Conference Room A is downstairs in the main clinic building.
For more information on the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition, contact SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska Program Schools and Workplace Coordinator Bradelle Padon at 364-4404.