Wellness In The Works

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The City of Washington offers a variety of health and wellness benefits that emphasize a proactive approach to improving health and preventing disease.  Wellness is a way of living, eating a healthful diet, being physically active and managing one’s well-being. The everyday choices we make can help us live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives—both at work and at home. Studies show workplace wellness programs reduce health-care costs, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and improve employee health and well-being.  The City of Washington strives to provide employees with a positive, educational, and supportive environment, which provides a framework allowing individuals to live healthy, happy, and productive lives at work and in their private life at home.  

Passport To Wellness

The City utilizes the Passport to Wellness to determine eligibility for the Healthy Advantage discount (10% off the cost of employee health insurance premiums).  Keep up with your preventive screenings and healthy activities throughout the plan year which runs July 1 – June 30.

Biometric Screenings

A great opportunity to get a "snapshot" of your health by participating in a  convenient, free and confidential health assessment.   Spend as little as 20 minutes and discover all of the positive health habits you have.  Plus, develop strategies for those you may want to change.  Research shows that individuals who routinely monitor these wellness indicators generally seek treatment sooner to improve their long-term health, and this often leads to lower health care costs both for the employee and the employer.   Remember you may be eligible to earn up to $300 based on your results.  There are two ways to complete the biometric screening.

 Option 1:  Attend the yearly Biometric Screening hosted by the City of Washington.  Appointments typically take 20 minutes to complete.  Details on registration are emailed out prior to the event. 

Option 2: You may also have the biometric screening done by your personal physician (must be completed within 90 days prior to the biometric screening date).   Providers must complete the Physician Certification Form - 2021 and fax or email to Vidant's number indicated on the form. 

Wellness Challenges

The City of Washington challenges employees to improve their own health and happiness while fostering camaraderie in the workplace and reaping the benefits of health cost savings.  In the end, everyone wins - and has fun doing it! 

Employee Health & Wellness Clinic

The City Health and Wellness Clinic provides employees/retirees and their families (children ages 13+) who are enrolled in the City's Medical Plan with medical services for no cost. We are investing in your health because, over the long term, it will help mitigate costs to both you and the City.  The services provided will help you understand your health and to manage it successfully. The Clinic, administered by Vidant, provides services at no cost to the individual.  Open every Thursday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.   The clinic coordinates with your primary care provider to assist you with managing health conditions.  The clinic offers fast and affordable treatment of minor health issues and offers office visits and routine checkups to help you avoid serious illnesses.    To make appointments call 252-847-1455 or email jessica.avery@vidanthealth.com

Employee Wellness & Benefit Fair

During the Annual Benefits Enrollment held in the spring, the HR Department hosts the employee wellness & benefit fair.     The fair provides employees an opportunity to meet directly with the various benefit plan vendors, prior to making their benefit elections. The event also includes vendors that provide wellness tips, door prizes, physical challenges and information to keep you and your loved ones healthy and happy. There is always something new for all employees to discover.

Moore Aquatic & Fitness Center

The City of Washington provides each employee with a free membership to the Moore Aquatic & Fitness Center.  The membership builds on our organization’s mission to support healthy employee activities and to help achieve a wellness-focused workplace culture.  The fitness center is designed to offer stretching, weight-bearing and cardio equipment in a convenient location.  The Moore Aquatic & Fitness Center is located at 101 airport road, Washington, NC.  @MAFCWashingtonNC   

Financial Wellness

The City of Washington has and will continue to provide financial wellness programs that include one-on-one meetings, workshops, advice, and solutions that focus on individual financial wellness.  Financial wellness programs enable employees to take the important first step of self-assessing their financial health.   Once the assessment is complete they will have the education to take the proper next steps to improve their financial wellness.  The goal is to move you from awareness to wellness. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The City of Washington provides a free and confidential resource that helps guide employees and their immediate family members through both personal and professional transactions.  To make an appointment call Monday through Friday (252) 292-9898 or visit www.youreap.online 

Flu Shot Clinic

City Employees have access to free work-site flu vaccinations annually during October or November.  Information will be emailed out each fall. 

Blood Drive

The employees of the City of Washington provide blood to the local community.  The American Red Cross brings their mobile blood collection team to our City twice a year; typically the drives occur during the months of March and September.  E-mail Acarter@washingtonnc.gov for more information.

Roadmap to Quitting Tobacco 

Receive discounts on over-the-counter nicotine replacement products that can help you quit, such as gum, patches, and lozenges. To order online, visit bcbsnc.com or call toll free 1-866-889-4138.