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Everett Public Schools C reating a C ulture of W ellness. Everett Public Schools Background Employee Wellness Program Overview. Everett, WA is located 25 miles north of Seattle. It is home to Boeing. Everett Public Schools 2,100 Employees 18,000 Students
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Everett Public Schools BackgroundEmployee Wellness Program Overview • Everett, WA is located 25 miles north of Seattle. It is home to Boeing. • Everett Public Schools • 2,100 Employees • 18,000 Students • 26 Schools, 2 Admin Buildings, 1 Maintenance • Everett School Employee Benefit Trust (ESEBT) • Everett School Employee Benefit Trust (ESEBT) oversees the benefits of ESD employees. • One of 2 districts in the state of Washington that is SELF INSURED. • Wellness Program is entirely funded through the Trust (completely separate budget from the district). • ESEBT-adopted Employee Wellness Program in 2006 • 2006 conducted a health risk assessment with 300 participants • 2008 hired a full time wellness program director • Conducted an employee interest survey • Developed a 5 year strategic plan • Roadmap for success: SEW Guidebook, HERO, WELCOA, North Carolina: Health Smart Tool Kit "Our mission is to create a culture of wellness by promoting opportunities that enhance the overall health and quality of life for all district staff."
SEW Steps…A recipe for success • Obtain administrative support • ESEBT • Superintendent • Principals • Identify resources Internal Resources • IT • Food Services • Human Resources • Athletics External Resources • Local Gyms • YMC • Local Park and Rec’s Department • Weight Watchers • Local Hospitals/Clinics • American Heart Association and American Cancer Society • Identify a leader • Wellness Coordinator hired 2008 • Organize a committee • Wellness Teams at every site • Wellness Council of 10 • Gather and Analyze Data • Employee Interest Survey • End of Year Survey • Pre and Post Seasonal Campaign Survey • Health Risk Assessment • Participation Rates • Medical and Pharmacy Claims-D2 Hawkeye Dr. Gary Cohn, Superintendent Educational Services Center, Wellness Team
SEW Steps…A recipe for success EPS Trails Challenge 600 participants walked 40,197 miles and 80 million steps • Develop a Plan • 5 Year Strategic Plan • SMART Goals • Create a culture of Wellness • Increase physical activity • Improve nutrition • Lose weight • Decrease absenteeism • Lower incidence of hyperlipidemia, diabetes, hypertension • Implement the Plan • Create a Culture of Wellness • Increase Health Awareness • Newsletters, HR Payroll, District News, Monthly Tips • District Webpage: Wellness Site • Increase Physical Activity • The Wellness Challenge® • Seasonal Campaigns: Walktober, Trails Challenge • Gym Discounts • Fitness Classes at worksites-YMCA • Improve Nutrition • Five-A-Day: The Wellness Challenge® • Healthy Cooking Classes • 8 Weeks to Wellness • 31 Day EAT SMART Nutrition Campaign • Encourage healthy snacks at staff meetings • Veggie Clubs • Lose Weight • Weight Watchers at Work • Mind Body Weight Management • Decrease Absenteeism • Annual FREE seasonal Flu Vaccine clinics and health fairs • Decrease incidence of hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes • Health Awareness Campaigns following National Health Observances i.e. Healthy Heart Tick-Tack Toe “I think this challenge was a great idea, it created a lot of camaraderie and a sense of team spirit at our school”
“The Walktober campaign helped increase friendships with my colleagues and team members”.
SEW Steps…A recipe for success 8. Evaluate and adapt the program • Pre and Post Campaign Surveys • Pre and Post Wellness Challenge Surveys • Program Surveys • End of Year Wellness Program Survey • Annual Health Risk Assessment • Participation Rates • District Wide • By School 9. Sustain the program • Broadcast Successes • Leadership Team Presentations • School Board Presentations • Awards • Press • Wellness Champions • Wellness Team Champions • Cultivate, Promote, Encourage grassroots wellness effort at sites • Veggie Clubs • Wellness Wednesdays • Walking Clubs • Staff Wellness Day Forest View Elementary, Wellness Team Members
GOAL:Establish a Supportive Environment to Cultivate a Culture of Wellness “Many people in my workplace participated in worksite classes, creating a supportive culture for changing habits”. Mill Creek Elementary Weight Watchers at Work Group
Silver Lake Elementary, Hoop Dancing Class Cascade High School, Wellness Team and “BIG CLIMB” team
Sustain the Program…Highlight Successes Wellness Champions Wellness Team Champions Kelly Shepherd Sequoia HS Principal Enrolled in the Wellness Challenge January1st 2011…as a result • Logs her healthy behaviors regularly • Goes to the gym every morning at 4:30 am • Weight Loss (over 65 pounds to date) • Started a “Veggie Club” at her school • Training for her first ½ marathon, ran her first 5K last spring • Says she’s a better principal because she FEELS better! • Turkey Trot • Women with Weights • Weight Watchers at Work • Healthy Pot Luck Building Social Longfellow Wellness Team Veggie Snack Club Founders
Sustain the Program…..Inspire Darcie Cooper Cascade High School Journey began with…. Eight Weeks to Wellness in January 2009 To date, she has lost over 125 lb weight loss Lower cholesterol, blood pressure and fasting blood sugar. Completed the STP Bike Race this summer and the Danskin Triathlon. Currently training for her first ½ marathon. Awarded a Lifestyle Change Award by the American Heart Association "I can definitely say the Wellness Program not only changed my life but has truly saved it!I know it is all the work I have put in, but having the path to follow and the people who have guided and supported me have made changing my life possible"!
Changing Culture “I have worked for this district for over 25 years and this year when the wellness program offered free flu shots I felt like the district really cared about my well-being”
Contact Information Gail Buquicchio, ND Employee Wellness Program Director Everett Public Schools firstname.lastname@example.org (425) 385-4273 http://www.everett.k12.wa.us/wellness