The City's employee wellness program evolved after employees took a health risk appraisal (HRA) through their insurance carrier. After the HRA, the Wellness Committee decided to do an employee-wide survey to see what direction the committee needed to take so it could benefit everyone.
The first event was a walking program, which included several free pedometers donated by SEARHC. Wellness Committee leaders Brenda Calkins, Melissa Henshaw and Tammy O'Neill said, "It has been successful with almost 50 employees participating." The committee is looking into a park-and-walk for this summer, and hopes to come up with other promotions for the fall and winter.
"It is exciting to be part of a program that increases employees' awareness and provides opportunities to aid them in leading a healthier lifestyle," the three Wellness Committee leaders said.
The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness and the group is open to all Sitka workplaces interested in designing and implementing effective employee wellness plans.
The coalition's next meeting takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.
For more information on the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition, contact Doug Osborne of SEARHC Health Promotion at 966-8734 or Elisabeth Crane of Sitka Community Hospital at 747-1721.