The Wellness Committee is comprised of 13 Representatives from various City Departments. The groups Mission Statement is to promote Health & Wellness of City employees through departmental collaboration. This group encourages City employees and their family members to strengthen their health & well being through educational opportunities, wellness activities and self improvement guidelines.
One of the Wellness Committee’s current goals is to provide monthly promotion of Preventive Care to reduce the development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and decrease health expenditures for the City and its employees. To assist with this goal, the Vitals SmartShopper program is a valuable resource that is promoted with payroll stuffers and email updates on a regular basis. Every year, the committee organizes a Know Your Numbers Campaign during May to offer employees a health assessment of their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels and other biometric screenings and to make employees aware of possible health risks and where they may need to make improvements. All participants will receive a $25 Hannaford gift card for completing the physical screening.
Another goal for the committee is to plan various “get active” events to promote physical activity. New ZCARD maps are printed and available for employees at the Municipal Complex, HR and the Mayor's Office. The zcards are convenient since they fold up and fit in your pocket. They will outline all the Biking and Walking Trails around Manchester and various ways to stay active. (Watch for contests in the new year using these new zmaps!)
We started partnering with the YMCA to hold the Wellness Works City's Fitness Challenge from January 11- April 1, 2016. This was a 12 week fitness challenge partering with the YMCA to offer employees free fitness classes including a pre/post fitness test, free nutritional classes, t-shirts, incentive prizes and the chance to win cash prizes.
The next challenge was a 6 week Fall into Fitness Challenge October 10th-November 18th 2016 also partnering with the YMCA. Employees had access the gym twice per week, including all of the membership benefits (pools, saunas, the Kids Zone childcare program, all fitness classes, free personal trainers, etc) with chances to win raffle prizes!
Going into 2017, the newest challenge is the New Year, New You wellness Challenge, offering a combination of nutritional classes and personalized fitness classes with access to the YMCA and chances to win prizes for outside activity!
The American Heart Association has awarded the City of Manchester with a Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Medal of Achievement for meeting criteria for employee wellness.
Fore more information, please Contact the Wellness Committee.