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PUBLISHED: 2:50 PM on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition honors UAS, SJC

Photo courtesy of Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition
  Tia Patterson, center, of the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program presents Nicole Declos, left, of the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus and Holly Keen, right, of Sheldon Jackson College with the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition's first Workplace of the Month award. The award honors organizations that promote employee wellness within their workplaces.
The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus and Sheldon Jackson College with its first Workplace of the Month awards.

The awards recognize each school's efforts in promoting employee wellness within their workplaces.

UAS created a wellness team and is holding weekly wellness team meetings, picked up senior management support, joined the Wellness Councils of America, set up a health/wellness bulletin board, and developed an employee interest survey that will be used to drive programming that starts in the next couple of weeks.

Sheldon Jackson is working with Premera Blue Cross on conducting an online employee health risk appraisal, joined WELCOA, created a wellness team that meets weekly, and partnered with its Community Activity Council to plan and sponsor a campuswide Wellness Fair from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Rasmussen Student Center.

The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness in Sitka.

It was created as a follow-up to September's Well Workplace University.

The coalition is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Sitka Community Hospital and the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program. The coalition's next meeting is from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

For more information on the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition, contact Tia Patterson of the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program at 966-8629 or Jennifer Spriggel of Sitka Community Hospital's Mountainside Family Health Care at 747-0313.


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