2018 Biometric Screenings – $250 VEBA INCENTIVE!!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE $250 VEBA PAYMENT FOR 2018!!  Please let me know by 8/31/18 if you would still like to schedule an appointment for biometric screening with Linda at Hy-Vee.  This is only a finger poke and it takes around 15 minutes for the entire appointment!  Appointments are still available for those that have already been screened but would like a follow-up screening. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: To qualify for any VEBA incentive offered in 2018 employees must participate in the biometric screenings. 

Contact Chelsie by calling City Hall at 507-831-6129 or email at chelsie.carlson@windommn.com

 

Social Media Policy

Reminder regarding the Social Media policy included in Personnel Policy Document for City of Windom Employees.  Click HERE to access complete Personnel Policy Document.

Employee Assistance Program

Just a reminder of a benefit that is free and available to all City employees.

EAP Flyer

Happy Friday!

 

Check. Change. Control – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY WITH THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

The City of Windom is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer an evidence-based wellness and blood pressure management program called Check. Change. Control. (CCC).  All employees are encouraged to sign up regardless of whether they have high blood pressure or not!  This 4 month educational program focuses on simple changes you can make to improve your overall health and wellness! The only requirement for the program is to commit to entering blood pressure readings into your personal online tracker at least twice a month for four consecutive months. The City will provide each department with blood pressure monitoring equipment to make it easy and convenient for employees to participate in the program.  In conjunction with the program, there will be optional monthly educational seminars hosted by the Hy-Vee dietician.

To Learn More and Get Registered…….

Check. Change. Control Kick-Off Open House

Date: September 25th

Time: 11:30-1:30

Location: Council Chambers

Stop in between 11:30-1:30 to take your blood pressure reading, register for your personal online tracker account, and SIGN UP FOR DOOR PRIZES!!! 
The Hy-Vee Dietician will be onsite during this event to answer questions related to blood pressure control and monitoring.

 

NOTE: Participation will count toward earning $250 VEBA Incentive for 2018

 

 

In the United States, high blood pressure accounts for the second-most
heart disease and stroke deaths among preventable causes.

It’s second only to smoking.

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. (Many don’t even know they have it.)
The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

 

 

City of Windom Wellness Committee

The Council approved the below policy during the meeting on 8/21/2018.  This will be incorporated into the Personnel Policy document.

We are still in need of Wellness Committee members.  Please consider volunteering for this Committee and representing your employee group.  There is a small time commitment and you have direct input in the programs that are offered.

If you are interested, please contact Chelsie Carlson at City Hall.

 

Wellness Committee Document

City Provided Life Insurance – Full-time Employees

See below brochure for the Life Insurance full-time employees receive as a provided benefit at no cost to the employee.  There is also a link to the website.

Group Life Insurance Plan Brochure

https://www.ncpers.org/lifeinsurance

 

Sky Blue Yoga – City Employees

Unwind from your busy day with Yoga! 

All City employees are invited to participate in an 8 week Yoga series lead by Sky Blue Yoga starting Tuesday, September 25th.  This will be a FREE mixed level class that beginners will feel very comfortable with.   It will be super mellow and relaxing after a busy day. 

The sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm at Windom Community Center.  Mark it on your calendar!!  Employees are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 

Bring your own exercise mat or use one provided by Sky Blue. 

NOTE: Participating in any of these will count toward earning $250 VEBA incentive for 2018.

Top Health Benefits of Yoga

You’ve probably heard by now that yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A consistent practice offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle but are just as powerful. When put together, all the benefits below contribute to an increased feeling of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so addictive.

 

1. Improves Flexibility 

Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to tight areas. Over time, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. As we age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can help reverse this process.

 

2. Builds Strength

Many yoga poses require you to bear your body weight in new ways, including balancing on one leg (as in tree pose) or supporting yourself with your arms (as in downward facing dog). Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength.

 

3. Increases Muscle Tone and Definition

As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles in your legs, arms, back, and abdomen.

 

4. Improves Balance

Improved balance is one of the most important benefits of yoga as you get older. Poses where you stand on one leg and, for more advanced students, inversions, are great ways to build the core strength that keeps you upright.

 

5. Supports Joint Health

The movements necessary for yoga are low impact, allowing you to use your joints without injuring them. Yoga also helps strengthen the muscles around the joints, lessening their load. People with arthritis often see marked improvement in their pain and mobility with regular gentle yoga practice.

 

6. Prevents Back Pain

Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Many people who have back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car, which causes tightness throughout the body and spinal compression. Yoga counteracts these conditions.

 

7. Teaches Better Breathing

Most of us take shallow breaths and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on breathing and teach us how to take deeper breaths, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages (helpful for people with allergies) and even calm the nervous system, which has physical and mental benefits on and off the mat.

 

8. Fosters Mental Calmness

Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to your mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as how to focus on your breath and disengage from your thoughts. These skills can prove to be very valuable in intense situations off the mat, like childbirth, a bout of insomnia, or when having an anxiety attack.

 

9. Reduces Stress

Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are on the mat. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping to put your problems into perspective. The emphasis yoga places on being in the present moment can also help as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

 

10. Increases Self Confidence

Doing yoga improves your mind-body connection, giving you a better awareness of your own body. During yoga, you learn to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment, putting you in better touch with your physical being. You also learn to accept your body as it is without judgment. Over time, this leads to feeling more comfortable in your own body, boosting your self-confidence.

2018 JULY Financial Reports

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2018 JULY Fund Income Statement

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2018 JULY General Capital

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