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  • 2016 Employee Wellness Awards

    Sep 28, 2016 | Read More News
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    Last year, the Pima County Employee Wellness program was awarded the highest honor of recognition by the Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ) and National Partnership for Wellness. The Official Seal of Good Health Keeping in recognition of an established relationship between the wellness incentive program and health plan engagement. This recognition is good for two years; after which we will reapply.

    This year, Pima County was recognized for an individual award, a new program implementation and a corporate challenge award. John Heard, from the Finance and Risk Management department was recognized by Employee Wellness and his supervisor Vincent Tracey for this active role in the development and implementation of the new Stretch Before Strain wellness program. This is an on-site 10-15 minute daily stretching program designed specifically for employees who work in the field.

    “John Heard was the driving force behind the implementation of the Stretching Program in the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department’s Treatment Division.  John joined in with the Maintenance staff to provide guidance during the initial phase of this worthy program. Four years later and with 10-12 mechanics, instrumentation and electricians participating every morning, the program is still going strong.  Recently, the supervisor who led the stretching program retired – the next morning, a new employee had stepped up to the plate to lead the crew in their morning ritual.  John will occasionally take the time to come and join the group, even in the early hours before their shift starts. He has shown nothing but dedication to the health and safety of our employees and we are thankful for his commitment. Thank you John!” – Vincent Tracey Loss Control Manager

    John Heard & Jennifer BillaThe Stretch Before Strain program was spotlighted at the award ceremony for its positive impact to help employees reduce their risk of musculoskeletal injuries, increase risk of flexibility and improve balance, posture and coordination. According to a Pima County Risk Management report in 2016, sprain and strain-related incidents account for 43 percent of total injuries of Pima County employees. Over the previous five years, the most common strain/sprain was of the lower back (26 percent), knees (16 percent) and shoulders (10 percent).

    The 90-day program focuses on educational materials (including in-person workshops, pamphlets, posters, a guidebook and video instructions) as well as daily group lead stretches taught by trained employees to help reduce the number of strain/sprain-related incidents. Together, the guidebook and the daily group lead stretches help employees reduce their risk of injury through specific work-related ergonomic strategies and injury-prevention exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility.

    Both the Wastewater facility at Conveyance (64 employees) and the Department of Transportation on Mission Road (77 employees) have actively engaged in the program. Post-program results will be available in November and December respectively.

    Rockin to Fitness Challenge ParticipantsFinally, Pima County was also recognized for winning 2nd place in the Rockin’ To Fitness Corporate Challenge. Pima County’s team includes 97 participants with a total of 61,175,293 steps completed throughout the 60-day challenge. Our team narrowly missed 1st place by an average of 300 steps per day. The challenge included ten outside organizations with a total of 600 participants. Individual Pima County winners include:

    Wearable Fitness Tracker Category

    • 3rd Place - Charity Bender (6 month Platinum Level Membership to Platinum Fitness Plus 3 Months Studio Fit)

    Individual Tracking Category

    • 1st place - Lilia Alcala ($500 Prize)
    • 2nd place - Rozana Villanes (1 Year Platinum Level Membership to Platinum Fitness Plus 3 Months Studio Fit)

    Congratulations to all of the Pima County employees who are improving their health through our Wellness Programs.