Health Alert:   COVID-19 Transmission Level:   HIGH   More information
Get vaccinated.
  • Increase font size
  • Decrease font size
  • Print
  • RSS
  • Employee Wellness Programs


    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.

    Contact  Benefits Wellness
    We are here to help

    If you would like to speak with us in person, it is recommended you call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. 

    Phone:  724-8464 724-2786
    Email: Benefits Wellness

    Current and New Programs and Activities

    Flu Shots - September and October 2021

    Free Flu ShotThe power to stop the flu begins with you! El Rio Health will be providing free on-site flu shots for all Pima County employees, spouses, domestic partners and any dependents 18 years or older covered on the Pima County medical plan. For participants not covered under the County’s medical plan, El Rio Health will accept most major insurance carriers. Please bring your medical insurance card. It is the participant's responsibility for any charges that are not covered under your insurance plan.

    Flu shots are available by appointment only. Schedule an Appointment

    Learn more and see the schedule on the Flu Shots webpage.

    Preventive Flu Shot qualifies for 25 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points. Visit the Discount #2 Menu Prevention tab for more information.


    Virta - Diabetes, Prediabetes & Obesity Program

    Virta LogoReverse type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity with Virta!

    Virta is a medically supervised, research-backed treatment that reverses type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity, meaning that patients can lower their blood sugar and A1c, all while reducing diabetes medications and losing weight. 

    Pima County is fully covering the cost of Virta, valued at over $3,000, for all medical benefits-enrolled employees, spouses, domestic partners, and adult dependents with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or obesity (BMI = 30 and above).

    Start the application process now to find out if you qualify at

    Find more information by visiting the Virta webpage.


    Are you interested in reducing stress, increasing focus, and living a healthier and happier life? Are you looking for a practical wellness solution that doesn’t take more than a few minutes a day? 

    No question, we are all facing unprecedented levels of uncertainty and stress. That’s why we're pleased to announce that we are launching a new employee benefit to help you navigate these challenging times. Levelhead is a digital, mindfulness based app that provides 3-5 minute micro-lessons that are proven to work. Topics include stress and anxiety, self-compassion, focus & attention, gratitude, and more! Audio micro-lessons can be listened to anytime, anywhere and are easy-to-use. Plus, by using Levelhead, you’ll have even more chances to participate in fun and rewarding challenges offered to you throughout the year from the Pima County Wellness team!

    Register Here or visit the Levelhead webpage for more information

    SmartDollar Financial Wellness Program

    SmartDollarOver the years, we have learned that personal finance is 80% behavior and only 20% head knowledge. Most people know what to do with money; it’s the doing it that’s tough. What they need is a program that meets them where they are today, changes their behaviors with money, and gets them on track for retirement. SmartDollar is an online, step-by-step financial wellness program that leads to lasting behavior change.

    Available for free to all benefits eligible employees. To get started text Pima to 33789 or visit Visit the SmartDollar Financial Wellness Program webpage for more information. 

    Earn up to 100 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points per reporting year by participating in the program.

    Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts

    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. Visit the Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts webpage for more information. Use the Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts Checklist to stay on track.

    Discount #1: Be Tobacco Free

    To be eligible for Discount #1 valued at $20.00 per pay period, you need to certify your tobacco free status during Spring Annual Enrollment once per year in the Employee Self-Service (ESS) portal. Discounts will be awarded July 1st - June 30th.

    Tobacco free is defined as being tobacco free for at least the past three months. Tobacco use includes cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes or any other tobacco product.

    Reasonable Alternative: The Aetna Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Tobacco Free Program is a cessation program available for all Aetna members. Employees who attest to using tobacco products may complete the Aetna Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Tobacco Free Program or provide proof of working with a primary care provider to quit tobacco products and still be eligible to receive the full, annual premium discount retroactive to the beginning of the plan year. Please contact Employee Wellness for further information and forms.

  • Tobacco Cessation Support
  • Discount #1- Be Tobacco Free FAQs
  • 2022-23 Tobacco Free Reasonable Alternative Form
  • Discount #2: Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points

    To be eligible for Discount #2, you need to earn at least 50 points by participating in a variety of wellness programs, preventive exams/screenings, and/or wellness events throughout the year.

    There are three levels of points in which you can earn your Discount #2. Each category is worth $5 off your bi-weekly medical premiums for a total value of up to $15 per pay period.

    • Level 1 - 50 points: $5 total per pay period
    • Level 2 - 100 points: $10 total per period
    • Level 3 - 150+ points: $15 total per pay period

    To earn points toward this discount, please see the menu of wellness program options available for you to participate in throughout the year, by visiting the Discount #2: Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points webpage.

    Detailed instructions for Checking Progress Towards 2022-23 Discounts in MyADP.

    Additional Information

    2021-22 Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts for New Hires Flyer (hired between March 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022)
    2022-23 Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts Flyer
    2022-23 Program Points Opt Out Form
    Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points Menu
    Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts Checklist

    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 employee's next paycheck.

    Please review the Wellness Program Disclosure.

    On-site and Virtual Programs & Activities

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

    Fitness Classes

    Fitnes classesFitness classes include Cardio Strength Training, Stretch and Core, Resistance Band Training, Yoga and more. These various activities are taught by instructors from the Wellness Council of Arizona. All employees and levels welcome. Bring water, wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 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 Tracks 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 30 minutes. To schedule an appointment, contact the Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ) at (520) 293-3369 or make an appointment using the online appointment scheduler.

    Visit the Health Tracks Health Coaching webpage to learn more.

    Completing a 4 session Health Track will earn you 60 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points.

    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 local health and wellness providers are offering a variety of free and informative workshops that focus on nutrition, stress management, fitness, and healthy living.

    For a list of onsite workshops and live or recorded webinars visit the Wellness Workshops webpage.

    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 YMCA gym membership and other local gym discounts.

     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.

    30 Day Back to Healthy Nutrition Challenge

    30 Day Back to Healthy Nutrition Challenge Logo
    We all could use a healthy reset. Now is the perfect time to get back to choices that help you feel your best. These simple, straightforward tips and healthy recipes will help you get back on track without feeling overwhelming. 

    Visit the 30 Day Back to Healthy Nutrition Challenge webpage for more information.

    Complete the Registration Form to get started.

    Earn 20 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for completing the challenge. This challenge can be completed once per reporting year (March - February) for points.

    100 Pushup 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 Pushup Challenge webpage for more information.

    Complete the Registration Form to get started.

    Earn 20 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for completing the challenge. This challenge can be completed once per reporting year (March - February) for points.

    200 Lunge Challenge

    Lunge Challenge200 lunges may seem like a lot - it can sound a bit daunting.  If you're interested in building strength in your quadriceps and glutes, follow this 6 to 8 week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 200 consecutive lunges! 

    Visit the 200 Lunge Challenge webpage for more information.

    Complete the Registration Form to get started.

    Earn 20 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for completing the challenge. This challenge can be completed once per reporting year (March - February) for points.

    Community Volunteering & Participation/Blood Donations

    volunteerShow pride in your work and your community by volunteering your time and energy to a helpful cause or by helping to save lives through blood donations. You are also encouraged to participate community events. Each 1 hour (up to 4 hours) dedicated to volunteering in an event will be worth 5 points. You may also participate in the event for an additional 5 points. Blood Donations are 5 points.

    Submit the Community Volunteer/Participation Form or Blood Donation Form to receive Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points. For more information and a list of Community Events or Blood Drives, visit the Community Events/Blood Donations webpage.

    You may earn up to 25 total Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points per reporting year.

    Do The Five - Staying Healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Do The FiveYou may already be aware of the Do The Five campaign from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help limit the spread of the coronavirus by:
    1. HANDS – Wash them often
    2. ELBOW – Cough into it
    3. FACE – Don’t touch it
    4. FEET – Stay more than 6ft apart
    5. FEEL sick? – Stay Home
    In our version of Do The Five, you will focus on five wellness strategies to keep you healthy, connected, and informed. We understand that most of you are living outside of your comfort zone and we would like to provide some healthy options you can do during quarantine/social distancing to help your life feel a little more normal again. Activities will include working from home with tips for physical activity, nutrition, self-care and stress management.

    Complete the Do The Five Wellness Calendar by completing a different wellness activity each day for 19 days. We encourage you to repeat one or more activities everyday throughout the campaign.

    Details for each activity can be located within this packet. It is recommended that you print out the Wellness Calendar and fill in the activities each day before submitting electronically.

    Submit the Do the Five Wellness Calendar and earn 10 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points. This challenge can be completed one time for points.

    Additional Resources:

    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 once per reporting 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 Presentations & Quizzes

    wellness presentation & quizEach month, read the online presentation packed full of pertinent health and wellness information and complete a quiz to help you learn more about a special health topic. Topics covered in these presentations include general health and wellness, safety, personal finance, exercise, nutrition, and more.

    Visit the Online Presentations and Quizzes webpage to begin.

    Earn 5 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points for completing each quiz.

    Seasonal Fitness Challenge

    Seasonal Fitness ChallengeRegister to join the challenge and receive monthly health tips and exercises. The goal of the challenge is simple: to accumulate at least 600 minutes of physical activity each month. 600 minutes is equal to an average of 20 minutes of exercise a day. Exercise includes any physical activity that requires moderate to active participation and is continuous for at least ten (10) consecutive minutes.

    Learn more by visiting the Seasonal Fitness Challenge webpage.

    Earn up to 60 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points.

    Stress Less Blood Pressure Challenge

    Stress Less Blood Pressure Challenge LogoThis 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 or blood pressure cuff located at your worksite or home.

    Visit the Stress Less Blood Pressure Challenge to learn more.

    Earn 15 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points when you complete this challenge. This challenge can be completed once per reporting year (March - February) for points.

    Health Management Support Programs

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

    Aetna Maternity Program

    Healthy Living Program

    With Aetna’s Maternity Program, you can get special attention for a healthier pregnancy and baby. This no-cost program can give your baby a healthier start.

    Call us toll-free at 1-800-CRADLE-1 (1-800-272-3531), weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. or log in to Aetna Navigator at , look under "Health Programs" and choose "Maternity Program".

    Learn more by visiting the Maternity Program webpage.

    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.

    Aetna One® Choice (Disease Management Program)

    Healthy Living ProgramThe Aetna One® Choice care management program offers support and guidance for covered individuals and their family members looking to manage costly, chronic conditions, including asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, end-stage renal disease, depression, hypertension, arthritis, and more. Individuals with multiple conditions can also benefit from the In Touch Care program.

    Learn more by visiting the Aetna One® Choice Program webpage.

    Healthy Living Program

    workshopsSix-week interactive program developed by Stanford University and facilitated by the Pima County Health Department to help participants learn to better manage a chronic condition like diabetes, hypertension, heart & lung disease, chronic pain or mental health conditions, and more.

    Visit the Healthy Living Program webpage to learn more.

    Earn 50 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points.

    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 Kiosks

    higi stationUse 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.

    Wellness Tips

    Monthly health and wellness tips and information provided by our benefits and wellness vendors.

    Learn more by visiting the Wellness Tips 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. Those that wish to remain anonymous are not posted.

      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

    Spring 2021

    100 Pushup Challenge

    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Nanda Srinivasamurthy, Regional Flood Control District
    • Preston Conner, Justice Court Tucson

    200 Lunge Challenge

    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Courtney Herrera, Behavioral Health
    • Daniela Gallegos, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Sydney Bender, Superior Court

    30 Day Back to Healthy Nutrition Challenge

    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Brenda Escarcega, Finance and Risk Management
    • Debbie Ketchem, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Jennifer Imes, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Monica De La Cruz, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Nerisa Edwards, Human Resources
    • Robert Baca, Health
    • Sarah Metz, Finance and Risk Management

    Boot Up Challenge

    $50 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Anna Maria Wucker, Superior Court
    • Christina Flores, Health
    • Claudia Owens, Finance and Risk Management
    • Debbi Wainwright, County Free Library
    • Deborah Bosma, County Free Library
    • Elaine Mariolle, Health
    • Ellen Brown, County Attorney
    • Hiram Martinez, Health
    • Jackson Jenkins, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Judy Hertel, Assessor
    • Laura Hunter, Juvenile Court
    • Madian Romero, County Free Library
    • Maricela Perez, Assessor
    • Michele Skyrm, Superior Court
    • Mona Orozco, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Naomi Romano, Finance and Risk Management
    • Robin Hadden, Natural Resources Park Rec
    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Ann Gurr, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Brian Caramella, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Elma Shaffer, County Free Library
    • JaNine Seitz, Finance and Risk Management
    • Jessica McGullam, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Julianne Greenough, Juvenile Court
    • Sheri Prochaska, Finance and Risk Management

    Gratitude Challenge

    $50 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Cynthia Pompa, Health
    • Debbie Knutson, Human Resources
    • Judy Hertel, Assessor
    • Judy Moses, County Free Library
    • Judy Cooper, Procurement
    • Julie English, Assessor
    • Kassy Rodeheaver, County Free Library
    • Laureen Pew, County Attorney
    • Martha Guzman, Regional Flood Control District
    • Mary Couture, Facilities Management
    • Mary Molina, Superior Court
    • Melissa Gibson, Superior Court
    • Robin Freiman, Development Services
    • Sarah Batchelder, County Free Library
    • Savannah Perno, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Suzette Burruel, Health

    Seasonal Fitness Challenge

    $50 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Cory Dent, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Ellen Rubin, Public Defense Services
    • Nicolas Gallego, Superior Court
    • Terri Powelson, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Vianka Mariscal, Justice Court Ajo
    $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • John Puckett, Sheriff
    • Mimi Scavo, County Free Library


    $50 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Analiese Gerald, Health
    • Betty Sanchez, Development Services
    • Cynthia Rieck, Sheriff
    • Darryl Norris, Superior Court
    • Douglas Bruns, Assessor
    • Geri Yrigolla, Juvenile Court
    • Janet Blanco, Information Technology
    • Janice Bedford-Hughes, Regional Flood Control District
    • Joseph Marchetti, Superior Court
    • Karen Donderewicz, Superior Court
    • Kirstina Young, Juvenile Court
    • Linda Volkerink, Information Technology
    • Marsha Callaway, School Superintendent
    • Robert Chantrill, Recorder
    • Serena Abarca, Public Defense Services
    • Tom Meehan, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Stress Less Blood Pressure Challenge
    • $100 Corporate Rewards Gift Card
    • Hector Tellez, Facilities Management
    • Natalia Robinson, Health
    • Yanel Garlant, Grants Management & Innovation

    Stretch Don't Strain

    Massage Ball Kit ($23 value)
    • Angelica Almeida, Superior Court
    • Ava Hopkinson, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Cheryl Lapper, County Attorney
    • Chrisinda Ballew, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Eddie Vasquez, Transportation
    • Evelyn Gonzales, Fleet Services
    • Irja Saar, Superior Court
    • Kathy Oldman, Regional Wastewater Reclamation
    • Katrina Noble, Transportation
    • Natalia Robinson, Health
    • Patsy Ronquillo, Transportation
    • Tracy Wheeler, Finance and Risk Management
    • Vanessa Valencia, Recorder

    Summer 2021


    Fall 2021


    Winter 2021


    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 Division 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.

    Official Gold Seal of Good Health KeepingOfficial 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.
    2018 Wellness Council of Arizona Awards            
    2019 Wellness Council of Arizona Awards

    HAWP Award LogoHealthy Arizona Worksites recognizes businesses that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, their families, and their community through evidence-based worksite health initiatives and promising programs.

    2018 Healthy Arizona Worksite Copper award

    Aetna Workplace Well-Being AwardAetna Workplace Well-Being Award Silver 2021

    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)

    In order to best serve the needs of the entire Pima County employee population, a minimum of one representative is needed from each Hi-Org. Hi-Orgs with multiple worksite locations/divisions, should have a representative for each of the larger areas. Details of duties for each member are outlines below.

    Communication and leadership within each department is necessary for the growth and impact of the Employee Wellness program. As has been nationally demonstrated and documented, a strong, active committee is needed to represent the needs of all employees and to bring more widespread outreach. In order to make a meaningful and ultimately positive financial impact, a higher percentage of employees must be involved in various aspects of the program.

    For more information visit the Wellness Action Committee webpage.

    Wellness Program Manager

    Erin MartsErin Higdon 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 Human Resources Employee 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 husband 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.

    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.
    Follow UsShare this page

    Employee Wellness

    150 W. Congress St.
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Phone: (520) 724-2792
    Fax: (520) 724-8150

    Department Home Page
    Department News
    Department Directory

    Pima County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate.

    2019 Pima County Attorney’s Office Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

    2019 Pima County Sheriff’s Department Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

    2019 Pima County Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP)