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PUBLISHED: 10:44 AM on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sitka earns 'Well Workplace' award
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the City and Borough of Sitka with its Well Workplace of the Month award for May. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Sitka organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

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.


photo courtesy of the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition
  The City and Borough of Sitka Wellness Committee, from left, Brenda Calkins, Melissa Henshaw and Tammy O'Neill, and City Administrator James Dinley, show off the Well Workplace of the Month Award for May they received from the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition. The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness in Sitka, and it is sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Sitka Community Hospital and the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program.
The coalition was created as a follow-up to the Working Well in Alaska employee wellness training seminar held in September in Sitka, and is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Sitka Community Hospital and the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program.

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.


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