Vision: Making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Mission: Enhance the health, wellness, and well-being of all WCHD employees.
WCHD Wellness is the Washington County Health Department’s employee wellness initiative. WCHD Wellness is created and run by the WCHD Wellness Committee, which is made up of employees and is open for any employee to join.
The general objectives of WCHD Wellness are:
- To make healthy choices convenient and easy and reward them and make unhealthy choices inconvenient and do not reward them (but don’t punish them).
- To offer programs that will enhance the health, wellness, and well-being of all employees and to offer programs that address the needs and interests of the employees and the organization.
WCHD Wellness Committee Members: Laura Bennett, Jeanne Doney, Fern Loomis, Rod MacRae, Robert Maffei, Mary McPherson, Hannah Person, Danielle Stahl, Melanie Sumpter, and Brittany Young.
Fruit of the Month: On the first Wednesday of every month, employees can check the refrigerator (2nd floor lobby at the main building) to find a sample of the Fruit of the Month and try a taste of a fruit you may not have had before.
Fitness Fun at Five: Get fit and have fun! Join WCHD Wellness every Thursday at 5:05pm in the 2nd floor auditorium for Fitness Fun at Five! Join in after work and follow along with a 20-30 minute walking exercise DVD for any level of fitness! No sign up is needed; just show up! View flyer.
Lunchtime Stretching and Meditation: Start off your week right by taking a short stretching and/or meditation break during your lunch! Every Monday, come join in at 12:30pm in the 2nd floor auditorium for 5 minutes of stretching and 5 minutes of meditation! Easy standing and chair stretches and guided meditations mean that anyone can participate with no experience required! Employees are welcome to participate in just the stretching or just the meditation portions if they’d prefer. Meditation starts at 12:35pm. Please note that employees may only participate during their lunch break. View flyer.
Take a Walk Thursdays: From April–October, every Thursday at 12:30pm employees can come together to take a 10-15 minute walk during their lunch break. Employees interested in participating should meet by the single picnic table outside the health department or by the bridge near the N Burhans Blvd parking lot at 12:30pm. Please note that employees may only participate during their lunch break. Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable walking shoes. View main building flyer. View BHS/WIC flyer. View CSAP flyer.
Wellness Information: The literature racks on the 3rd floor near Personnel and on the 2nd floor outside Nursing contain health and wellness information for employees to take or borrow. The following books are also available for employees to borrow: Walking 4 Wellness, A Good Night’s Sleep, Stop Stress This Minute.
More WCHD Wellness information and announcements will be available by email, on the WCHD Wellness bulletin boards, and in the WCHD Wellness section of the employee newsletter.
The Washington County Health Department received a Bronze Wellness at Work Award in 2018!