PUBLISHED: 4:05 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Employee wellness training program to be held in Sitka
SITKA - As health care costs and insurance rates continue to rise, many businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations are creating employee wellness programs to try and gain control of expenses. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Sitka Community Hospital and SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program will host the "Working Well in Alaska" employee wellness training from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The training is modeled after the Well Workplace University training held in Sitka last September and is open to employers and employees looking to create healthier worksites. This year's training will look at how various Alaska workplaces have created and implemented successful employee wellness plans, for worksites with as few as five and as many as 1,000 employees.

"This is a great chance to learn how to make an employee wellness program work for your workplace," SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne said.

"As one of the co-sponsors and a Well Workplace University participant last year, Sitka Community Hospital has made great strides toward creating a healthier workplace environment," said Jennifer Spriggel, manager of Sitka Community Hospital's Mountainside Family Health Care.

During the training, Sitka worksites that took part in the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition this past year will share their insights and experiences. This past year, eight Sitka worksites received grants ranging from $800 to $2,400 from the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program to further their employee wellness efforts.

The training costs $20 per person, which includes a lunch from the Galley Deli. Pay for one registration and a second person from the same worksite will get in free (to encourage the creation of employee wellness teams). In conjunction with Thursday's training, there will be a separate "Partnering for Well Worksites" event that takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 28, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Friday's event is designed to help employers learn how to work with their insurance representatives to support their employee wellness efforts.For more information on the "Working Well in Alaska" training on Thursday, call Doug Osborne at 966-8734, Bradelle Padon at 364-4404, or Jennifer Spriggel at 747-0313.