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    Pima County Employee Wellness provides quality programs and activities to encourage and support healthy, active lifestyles. The Employee Wellness Program emphasizes the importance of education, awareness, self-care, and behavioral change programs to enhance overall well-being.

    Certain health choices may save money on your insurance premiums. By taking simple steps like being tobacco-free, completing the on-line health assessment, completing a preventive exam, or participating in other healthy lifestyle activities you’re making meaningful strides toward improved health.

    Learn more by visiting the Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discount webpage

    Arizona Trails Virtual Challenge

    AZ Trail ChallengeOrganizations and individuals from all over Arizona will be competing against each other on a virtual course that spans the entire length of the Arizona Trail. As each individual and team does more physical activity they travel further along the virtual map, while also learning about cool destinations along the way.

    The challenge is based on the number of steps each individual and team has. Individuals will enter their daily steps and those steps will go towards their team’s score and their own individual score. There will be prizes for both individuals and organizations that accumulate the highest number of steps.

    Visit the AZ Trails Challenge webpage for more information.

    Summer Slim Down Contest

    Summer Weight Loss ChallengeThis 10-week program will motivate you to shed those extra pounds by teaming up with (or against) your co-workers to lose weight during the summer months. This challenge is typically offered in June each year.

    Visit the Summer Slim Down Contest webpage to learn more. 

    Earn 20-30 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points based on weight loss results.


    On-site Programs & Activities

    These programs & activities are  available for all employees to attend, are held at various worksites and are typically available during the lunch break. 

    Fitness Classes

    Fitnes classesFitness classes include Cardio Strength Training, Body Sculpting and Zumba. These various activities are taught by Employee Wellness, volunteers and the Wellness Council of Arizona. All payments should be given directly to the instructor at your first class of the month; exact change or check to WELCOAZ. Where applicable, participants are required to assist with moving/re-setting conference room furniture. Activities are not held on County holidays.

    Visit the Fitness Classes webpage to view the schedule.

    Health Coaching

    health coachingMeet one-on-one with a Health Coach from the Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ) for strategies and assistance in creating a plan to manage a health concern, whether you are looking to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, manage stress or lower blood pressure and cholesterol. All appointments are 25 minutes. To schedule an appointment, contact the Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ) at (520) 293-3369 or make an appointment online at: https://welcoaz.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

    Visit the Health Coaching webpage to learn more.

    Aetna members can participate in a telephonic health coaching program. Visit the Disease Management webpage to learn more.

    Participation in 3 Health Coaching sessions will earn you 50 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points.

    Mindfulness Meditation

    mindfulness meditationTake advantage of a relaxing mid-day break, reduce stress and learn breathing and mindfulness techniques with volunteer instructor Blake Ashley. Employees interested in participating on a regular basis may check-out a meditation cushion to keep for class use. Contact Employee Wellness at (520) 724-2486.

    Visit the Mindfulness Meditation webpage to view the schedule.

    Walking Programs

    Walking ProgramsThere are countless ways you can get active, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health. Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you: 

    There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!

    Visit the Walking Programs webpage to learn more about the programs available to you.

    Wellness Workshops

    workshopsEmployee Wellness in conjunction with the Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ)  are offering a variety of free and informative workshops that focus on nutrition, stress management, fitness, and healthy living.

    For a list of scheduled workshops for the month, please visit the Wellness Workshops webpage. Registration for a workshop is recommended but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Earn 10 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for attending each workshop.


    Gym Subsidies & Discounts

    Employee Wellness is subsidizing the membership rates at local fitness facilities for all Pima County employees and their family members living in the same household.

    Gym Subsidies & Discounts

    gym membership discountsPima County employees and their family members may take advantage of LA Fitness, Platinum Fitness and YMCA gym membership subsidies.

     Visit the Gym Subsidies and Discounts webpage to learn more.

    Membership rates do not include taxes. Family member who wish to participate must bring proper identification to verify eligibility at time of enrollment. There may be an extra charge for some amenities such as personal training, onsite child care and leagues.


    Wellness Challenges

    These programs are designed for easy participation no matter where you work. Employee Wellness sends you the materials you need and you participate on your own time. There are no special classes to attend. All employees are welcome to participate.

    100 Push-Up Challenge

    push up challenge100 pushups may seem like a lot - it can sound a bit daunting. If you're serious about increasing your strength, follow this 6 to 8 week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive pushups!

    Visit the 100 Push-up Challenge webpage for more information.

    Complete the Registration Form to get started.

    200 Lunge Challenge

    Lunge ChallengeIf you're interested in building strength in your quadriceps and glutes, follow this 6 - 8 week training program and you should soon be on your way to completing 200 consecutive lunges! All you need is a solid plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achieve this goal!

    Visit the 200 Lunge Challenge webpage to learn more.

    Complete the Registration Form to get started.

    Community Volunteering & Participation

    volunteerShow pride in your work and your community by volunteering your time and energy to a helpful cause. You are also encouraged to participate community events. Each 1 hour (up to 5 hours) dedicated to volunteering or participating in an event will be worth 5 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points (HLAP’s).

    Submit the Community Volunteer/Participation Form to receive HLAPs.

    You may earn up to 25 total Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points each fiscal year.

    Eat Right For Life Challenge

    Eat Right For LifeThe 5-week program will inspire you to focus on five key pillars of nutrition outlined in the Eat Right For Life book that will transform unhealthy behaviors into healthy habits that will last you a lifetime. You will receive a fun and inspiring copy of the Eat Right For Life book - FREE! that will help you adopt healthy eating habits in five key areas outlined in the book.

    Visit the Eat Right For Life Challenge webpage to learn more.

    Earn 20 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points by completing this challenge. You may complete the challenge twice per year for credit.

    Eat Smart: Fruit & Veggie Challenge

    Fruit & Veggie ChallengeJoin this fun and motivating 4-week challenge that will help you to EAT SMART by offering simple suggestions to increasing your daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. The Log Sheet will make it easy for you to track your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. You earn 1 point for each serving you track, which can add up quickly.

    Visit the Eat Smart Challenge webpage to learn more.

    Register to begin this challenge any time.

    Earn 15 – 25 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points based on the total servings you ate each month. You may complete the challenge monthly for credit. 

    Online Presentation & Quiz

    wellness presentation & quizEach month, Employee Wellness brings you newsletters and news bulletins packed full of pertinent health information and an on-line presentation with quiz to help you learn more about a special health topic. Topics covered in these bulletins include general health, safety, personal finance, exercise, nutrition, and more.

    Visit the Online Presentation with Quiz webpage to begin.

    Earn 5 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for completing each quiz.

    Seasonal Fitness Challenge

    Seasonal Fitness ChallengeThe Seasonal Fitness Challenge is easy and energizing! The goal of the challenge is simple: to accumulate at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. 150 minutes is equal to an average of 20 minutes of exercise a day. Physical activity includes anything that requires moderate to active participation and is continuous for at least ten minutes. Each day you are physically active, you will track your total minutes on the Exercise Tracking Logs.

    Learn more by visiting the Seasonal Fitness Challenge webpage.

    Register to begin any time.

    Earn 10 – 30 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points each season by submitting your Exercise Tracking Logs.

    Stress Less Blood Pressure Challenge

    bp heartThis challenge will help you learn stress-reduction techniques you can use to help lower your blood pressure throughout the day.

    Over the course of a month, you are asked to track your blood pressure before and after performing a stress-reduction activity on ten separate days using the health kiosk located at your work-site. If you do not have a health kiosk, please contact Employee Wellness at 724-8114 to borrow a blood pressure machine to share at your worksite.

    Register to begin this challenge.

    Visit the Stress Less Blood Pressure Challenge to learn more.

    Earn 15 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points when you complete this challenge.


    Health Management Support Programs

    Learn how you can prevent health-related medical conditions and/or manage your current health condition.

    Diabetes Prevention & Management Support Workshops

    Healthy Living ProgramThese support group workshops help people who are pre-diabetic or diabetic eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight.

    Learn more by visiting the Diabetes Support Workshops webpage.

    Earn 10 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for attending each workshop.

    Tobacco Cessation Support Programs

    tobacc-freeResearch supports tobacco cessation interventions to help a person succeed in their attempts to quit tobacco. In general, the longer and more frequent a person receives tobacco counseling, the greater their rate of abstinence. Even higher rates of success have been shown when a tobacco user combines counseling sessions with nicotine replacement therapies or medication.

    Pima County wants to help you succeed, so we’ve put together a list of FREE tobacco cessation counseling programs to make changes in your life to live tobacco free.

    Visit the Tobacco Cessation webpage to learn more.

    Earn a Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discount for being tobacco-free.

    Healthy Lifestyle Coaching (HLC) Tobacco Free Program

    Tobacco CessationThe Healthy Lifestyle Coaching (HLC) Tobacco Free program is for employees and their family members 18 years and older who have Pima County medical insurance. To find out more information about getting started call the Aetna Tobacco Free program at 1-866-213-0153.

    The HLC Tobacco Free program has specialty coaches, flexible appointment times, wellness counselors and nutrition specialists. Coaching is available in 20-minute weekly one-to-one sessions for up to one year and/or six 30 minutes “live-meeting” group sessions within a 12-week period. You can elect to have 8-weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to support your healthy behavior change. There’s also access to online programs available through Simple Steps to a Healthier Life that include a wealth of educational materials, at-home activities, online workbooks, MP3’s and videos. 

    Please visit our Tobacco Cessation webpage to learn more about the tobacco cessation programs available to you and your family.

    Earn a Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discount if you are tobacco-free for at least the past three months.


    Resources & Events

    Learn more about the resources and events offered to you throughout the year.

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    EAPEAP counseling is a no-cost benefit where you may access a counselor for any problem that is affecting your personal and/or professional life. You may see a counselor for up to five sessions per problem. EAP is available to all active Pima County employees. This program also covers your spouse, significant other (living in the home) and children living in the home. 

    Learn more by visiting the EAP webpage.

    Health & Wellness Fair

    FairThe Health & Wellness Fair invites several community exhibiters representing a variety of non-profit and commercial organizations attend the event, providing information, free screenings and demonstrations. The event will be scheduled once or twice each year.

    Visit the Health & Wellness Fair webpage to learn more.

    Health Kiosks

    Health KioskUse the Health Kiosk to quickly and accurately measure your vital statistics to help you better manage your personal health.

    It takes about five to eight minutes to test everything or you can choose which ones you need. There are ports available to track your results, including a glucose meter so you can take the readings to the doctor.

    Visit the Health Kiosk webpage to learn more.

    Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts (HLPDs)

    The Healthy Lifestyle Program is designed to provide the tools and services you need to engage, develop and sustain healthy behaviors to improve your overall quality of life.

    To be eligible for a Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discount (HLPD), you need to complete the eligibility requirement for each discount between March 1st - February 28th each year. Discounts will be awarded July 1st - June 30th.

    By taking simple steps like being tobacco-free, completing the on-line health assessment, completing a preventive exam, or participating in other healthy lifestyle activities you’re making meaningful strides toward improved health and can help you save on your medical premiums. 

    Healthy Lifestyle Program Registration will add you to an email distribution list that will send you important information including: 
    • How to complete your online health assessment
    • Promotion of upcoming health screening events (biometric screening, Mobile-Onsite-Mammography, flu shot clinics, etc...
    • Pre-registration into upcoming wellness programs and events
    • Information on how to be a smart healthcare consumer
    • Progress toward eligibility of future Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts (HLPD's)
    • Resources for quitting tobacco
    • And much more...

    Detailed instructions for FY 2017-18 Progress Toward Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts (HLPDs) Eligibility

    HLPD #1 - Tobacco Free

    Tobacco-FreeThe tobacco-free Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discount (HLPD #1) must be certified online during Annual Enrollment in order for the discount to take effect July 1st. HLPD #1 is increasing from $5 to $20 per pay period. You may be eligible for this discount if you are tobacco-free for at least the past three months.

    Tobacco use includes cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes or any other commercial tobacco product.

    Learn more by visiting the Tobacco-Free webpage.

    HLPD#2 - Online Health Assessment

    Online Health AssessmentThe health assessment is an important step in understanding the big picture of your health. This simple online survey asks a series of questions and is designed to help you understand your potential risk for chronic medical conditions and steps you can take to reduce your risk. It should take you about 15 minutes to complete.

    Visit www.aetna.com to begin your online health assessment.

    View the Online Health Assessment Instructions for help on how to complete this eligibility requirement.

    Visit the Online Health Assessment webpage for more information.

    HLPD#3 - Preventive Exam

    Preventive ExamPreventive health exams or screening services are covered at 100% (no-copay). They include:
    • Biometric Screening (Routine, preventive lab panel)
    • Mammography Screening
    • Annual Physical
    • Cervical Preventive Exam
    • Prostate Preventive Exam
    • Colorectal Preventive Exam
    Note: They do not include diagnostic exams for a current chronic health condition. Please request a routine preventive exam with your doctor when scheduling your appointment.

    You may print the Preventive Exam Affidavit and have your physician sign the form to submit proof of completion to Employee Wellness.

    Preventative Exam Affidavit 2017-18

    Visit the Preventive Exam webpage to learn more.

    HLPD#4 - Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points

    Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points (HLAPs)Earn at least 100 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points (HLAP's) by participating in a variety of Employee Wellness programs throughout the fiscal year. Programs focus on stress and weight management, nutrition and physical activity.

    To view a list of eligible programs and activities, please visit the Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points webpage.

    Wellness Winners

    The date a participant completes a challenge will determine the season they are entered into a drawing for. Drawings are held four times a year.  Winners names will be posted the month following the drawing.

      Spring Season Summer Season Fall Season Winter Season
    Months: Mar - May Jun - Aug Sep - Nov Dec - Feb
    Drawings held on: June 7th September 7th December 7th March 7th

    Eligible Programs & Activities

    100 Push-up Challenge
    200 Lunge Challenge
    12 Days of Wellness Challenge
    Community Volunteer/Participation
    Diabetes Management Programs
    Disease Management Program
    Eat Right For Life Challenge
    Eat Smart: Fruit and Veggie Challenge
    Health Coaching
    Healthy Living Challenge
    Naturally Slim
    No Weight Gain Contest
    Seasonal Fitness Challenge
    Seasonal Weight Loss Challenge
    Summer Slim Down Contest
    Tobacco-Free Health Coaching
    Walking Club
    Wellness Workshops
    Weight Watcher's at Work

    Seasonal Fitness Challenge - Spring 2017

    $50 Corporate Reward Gift Card
    Clarissa Dominguez, Sheriff's Department
    Dana Hausman, Public Works Administration
    Nancy Lomas, County Attorney
    Laurie McGrath, Library
    Matthew Sage, Procurement
    Marla Settlemeyer, Juvenile Court
    Martin Silvas, Juvenile Court
    Brett Simanton, Fleet Services
    Anna Maria Wucker, Superior Court

    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    Margaret Beer, Library
    Kimberly Challender, Recorder
    Danny Fleming, Transportation
    Rachel Loubeau, Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
    Kirk Wattleworth, Sheriff's Department

    Teladoc Registration - 2017

    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    Maria Rigas, Facilities Management

    Seasonal Fitness Challenge - Summer 2017


    Summer SlimDown Contest - 2017



    About Us

    Pima County Employee Wellness provides quality programs and activities to encourage and support healthy, active lifestyles. The Employee Wellness Program emphasizes the importance of education, awareness, self-care, and behavioral change programs to enhance overall well-being.


    The overall goal of the County’s Wellness Program is to help control increases in medical costs and improve quality of life.


    Provide education and resources to help employees identify and reduce health risks before serious health problems occur.

    Provide special follow-up and assistance to employees identified at highest risk for preventable illnesses and excessive medical costs.
    When health problems do exist, help employees better manage their condition and use.

    Principles & Values

    Pima County Employee Wellness:
    Embraces small steps which eventually lead to big change.
    Acknowledges personal responsibility.
    Builds on existing resources and best practices. Recognizes, reinforces, and rewards healthy behaviors. Recognizes the importance of the physical and social environment and their influencing factors.
    Embraces movement towards well-being along a wellness continuum.
    Provides cues to action and seeks to influence attitudes and beliefs to spur behavior change.

    Focus Areas

    Based on needs, program goals, and best practices, Employee Wellness has identified the following focus areas:

    Be Active, Eat Smart, Improve Your Mental Health, Learn More, Live Well, Practice Prevention and Watch Your Weight.

    Award-Winning Program

    awardWell Workplace Gold Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in Health Promotions by the Wellness Council of Arizona.

    award3Work-site Health Promotion in recognition of Process, Progress & Leadership by the Wellness Council of Arizona and National Partnership for Wellness.

    (From Left to right: Gayl Hayes, HR Divison Manager; Jennifer Billa, Wellness Program Manager; Barbara Hicks, HR Tech II; Allyn Bulzomi, HR Director)

    Gold AchievementSince 2008, the American Heart Association has recognized Pima County's Employee Wellness program as a champion of health for employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace.

    SealOfficial Seal of Good Health Keeping in recognition of an established relationship between the wellness incentive program and health plan engagement. Awarded by the Wellness Council of Arizona and National Partnership for Wellness.

    2015 Employee Wellness Accomplishments

    What People Are Saying

    "Just knowing that the County Wellness department tries to help us control our weight and health really helps. Thanks for being there!”

    “Makes me accountable and not just to myself. I feel like I am working towards a goal with others. Thank you for this positive program.”

    “This program & others definitely keeps me motivated to exercise, eat properly, possibly lose weight, and gain reward gifts at the same time. Thanks.”

    Wellness Action Committee (WAC) member

    A WAC member:

    Promotes Employee Wellness activities to their areas through verbal and written communications. 
    Shares health information and messages. 
    Encourages healthy behaviors.
    Gathers feedback from employees and represent their requests and concerns. 
    Provides creative input.
    Recommends the priority of activities.
    Provides input on the program’s direction and mission.
    Hosts and assists in hosting on-site activities, including workshops, health fairs, screenings, and other wellness-related events

    Downloadable List of WAC members by Department - updated 2/26/2016

    Department WAC Member(s)
    Assessor Kem Krsak
    Clerk of the Board Scott Love
    Clerk of the Superior Court Maria Verdugo
    Communications Office  
    Community & Economic Development Administration  
    Community Services & Community Development Ester Flores
    Constables George Camacho
    County Administrator  
    County Attorney Melissa Armendariz
    Development Services Betty Sanchez
    Economic Development & Tourism  
    Elections Gloria Abarca
    Environmental Quality Kimberly Baeza
    Facilities Management Sara Hill
    Finance and Risk Management John Heard Florina Lopez
    Fleet Services Fatima Morales
    Forensic Science Center Amber Bates
    Health Department Mary Kinkade
    Human Resources Jennifer Billa
    Information Technology Jane Conners
    Institutional Health Andrea Altamirano
    Justice Court - Ajo Vilma Weigand
    Justice Court - Green Valley Leti Blanco
    Justice Court - Tucson Charity Bender
    Juvenile Court Julie Auvil
    Library Amy Williams
    Sandra White
    Natural Resources Parks & Recreation Robin Hadden
    Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security Lisa Romero
    Office of Sustainability and Conservation Julie Robinson
    Procurement Christy Bustillos
    Public Defender Ana Valencia
    Dominic Lancaster
    Public Fiduciary LaShonda Bradley
    Sonia Ruiz
    Public Works Administration Debbie Knutson
    Recorder Kimberly Challender
    Regional Flood Control Debbie Grijalva
    Sheriff's Department Kenneth Coultas
    Robert Matthews
    Stadium District Mary Arvizu
    Superior Court Terri Kowalczyk
    Supt. Of Schools Sandy Parris
    Transportation Diana Torres
        Wastewater Reclamation Department Jacqueline Ronstadt Patsy Padilla
    Mary Ann Riesgo Carol Johnson Courtney Boydston
    Jackie Belasco

    Wellness Program Manager

    Erin MartsErin Marts is the new Wellness Program Manager for Pima County. She is a native Tucsonan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona. Erin developed a passion for employee wellness after completing a semester long internship for her undergraduate study at Pima County in the Wellness department. Since then she has been busy developing her skills and increasing her experience in the field of employee health and wellness. Erin is excited to have come full circle, back to Pima County Wellness.

    In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys dancing to Country music, cooking and game night. Erin lives with her boyfriend and his two young children. During the minor league football season you can catch Erin either helping out or cheering on her local football team, Tucson Thunder (p.s., even after three years she still doesn’t understand football and only cheers when she sees the rest of the fans doing so!)

    Erin believes education, communication and support are the keys to success when it comes to a successful employee wellness program. One of Erin’s greatest joys about working in the field of employee health and wellness is the success stories that come from the employees who have participated in employee wellness activities and programs. As the Wellness Program Manager, Erin believes that getting to know her population makes wellness programs more fun and enjoyable, so make sure to say “hi” next time you see her and know that she’s always there to help! She looks forward to working with Pima County employees and helping their health and wellness goals.
    By participating in any Employee Wellness Programs you are agreeing that:

    You are in reasonably good health and have no conditions that would prevent or hinder you from safely participating in the activity. Pima County and affiliates disclaim any liability for any costs, claims, injuries, actions, or damage suffered by you, no matter what your relationship, as a result of participation in the activity. Participation in all activities is strictly voluntary, and any injuries suffered in conjunction shall not be subject to reimbursement under any workers compensation law or any other applicable law.

    Any gift cards distributed to employees are considered taxable income and will be reported on the employees next paycheck.
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