DHPE is pleased to announce the results of our 2013 School Employee Wellness Awards Program ! The following nine schools are being recognized for their excellence in planning and implementing school employee wellness programs that promote employee health and lead to improved productivity and lower health care costs.
2013 School Employee Wellness Awards Winners
GOLD WINNERS ($1000 Grant)
SILVER WINNERS ($500 Grant)
BRONZE WINNERS ($250 Grant)
In addition to the grants, all winners will:
- receive a banner recognizing their achievement to proudly display at their school/district;
- be featured on DHPE's school employee wellness web site;
- receive a press release to share with local media;
- be invited to national conferences to make presentations about their successful School Employee Wellness program.
DHPE will also send a letter to their state Governor, Superintendent, School Board and Principal to inform them of their achievement. Please join us in congratulating this year's winners.
Please join us in congratulating this year's winners!
Glenburn Public School in North Dakota initiated a School Employee Wellness program in August 2012 for their 54 school employees. After using the School Health Index to assess the health and wellness needs in the building, employees attended a conference to plan their program. Staff has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield, ND Coordinated School Health Program and the YMCA. In addition, the Minot Air Force Base allows employees to use their pool for ‘Aqua Zumba' classes.
Kannapolis City Schools in North Carolina began to work on a School Employee Wellness program in 2011 for their 806 school employees. In addition to school staff and members of the school board, they have partnered with the local YMCA, Cabarrus Health Alliance, UNC Research Institute, all of whom serve on their School Health Advisory Council and Community Advisory Board.
Elsberry R-II in Missouri began to work on a School Employee Wellness program in 2012 for their 115 school employees. School staff including the school nurse, gym teachers and counselors resources and support for the program. In addition, they have partnered with local doctors and dentists to provide screenings, local massage therapists have provided free massages, and the local hospital has offered CPR classes and flu shots as well as wellness literature for staff.
The Clark County School District in Nevada initiated a School Employee Wellness program in 2012 for their 1,172 school employees. The SEW program focuses on 2 health areas identified by assessing employee health risks and interests: 1) Weight Management, and 2) Heart Health. Activities have included: onsite health screenings, wellness celebrations, weight management and nutrition seminars and one on one consults with health educators. They have developed partnerships with United Health Care, Optum Health and utilized funds from a Community Transformation Grant.
The School District of New London in Wisconsin initiated a School Employee Wellness program in the 2011 for their 360 school employees. The SEW program focuses on 2 health areas identified by assessing employee health risks and interest: 1) Personal Health Assessments, and 2) weight Management. Activities have included: weight loss challenge, counseling with health coaches, weight management program (I Can Change), a volleyball league, basketball league, a strength training class for woman, Zumba exercise classes, healthy cooking classes, and walking program. They have formed several community partnerships to support their program, including a local grocer, a university, and the county health department.
Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland began a School Employee Wellness program in 2010 for their over 2200 school employees. The SEW program focuses on 2 health areas identified by assessing employee health risks and interests: 1). Physical Activity and 2.) Weight Management Activities have included: yoga, Zumba and a 10 week walking program, WalkingWorks. The district also implemented a ‘Maintain Don't Gain” program from November to January to coincide with the holiday season. Participants received daily tips via email and of the 396 participants, 258 either maintained or lost weight during the program. Partners included the local YMCA, CareFirst and the Wicomico County Health Department.
Loudon County Public Schools in Virginia initiated a School Employee Wellness program in 2005 for their over 11,00 school employees. The SEW program focuses on 3 health areas identified by assessing employee health risks and interests: 1.) improving employees awareness of personal health status, 2.) promoting participation in community wellness activities and, 3.) improving lifestyle behaviors of Loudon employees. Activities have included: online weight loss and stress management challenges, seminars on healthy cooking, stress awareness and worksite safety, exercise classes including yoga and Zumba and quarterly blood drives. Loudon County Public Schools employees have seen health care cost trends decline roughly 2% per year, risks for weight decline 2.2% and blood pressure and stress decline 0.6% according to risk assessments. The program received national recognition by receiving the American Heart Association Fit Friendly employer award at both the gold and platinum levels.
The Polk County School Board in Florida began their School Employee Wellness program in 2001 for their 12, 500 employees. The SEW program focuses on 4 health areas identified by assessing employee health risks and interests: 1) Physical Activity, 2) Healthy Eating, 3) Stress Management, and 4) Weight Management. Activities have included fitness classes, a wellness website, personal counseling, an annual health fair, cooking demonstrations, healthy challenges, etc. Community partners have included: local and state health departments, local hospitals and cancer centers, Blue Cross Blue Shield, pharmaceutical companies, the American Red Cross, American Lung and many more. As a result of the SEW program, their district had a 15% increase in members identified with diabetes, while costs associated with diabetes decreased by 78%, and total medical costs decreased by 46%.
Portsmouth Public Schools in VA began their School Employee Wellness program in 2008 for their 2500 school employees. The SEW program focuses on 3 health areas identified by assessing employee health risks and interests: 1) creating a culture of wellness, 2) increased participation in all wellness activities and, 3) improved personal health and wellness by the end of the school year. Activities have included: onsite health screenings, Know Your Numbers campaign, Walk About program with a program tracker and incentives for completion of personal health assessments. Results of their SEW program have included: 50% of the workforce participating in one or more wellness activities, 25% of employees involved in Healthier Lifestyle coaching, 192 employees participating in Personal Healthcare Assessments, up from 9 in 2009 and 74% of survey respondents feeling a shift to a culture of wellness within the district.