WOW – Word of the Week Wellness Challenge

This one looks like a challenge!!  See if you can get through it without stopping!! 

Don’t have time to workout? Short bursts of intense exercise can be just as effective as longer periods of moderate activity!  Use this challenge to add short periods of activity into your day!

WOW – Word of the Week

Halloween

H=20 Squats
A=40 Jumping Jacks
L=25 Lunges
L=25 Lunges
O=40 Jumping Jacks
W=40 Jumping Jacks
E=20 Mountain Climbers
E=20 Mountain Climbers
N=20 Second Plank

Have fun and see how many times you can perform “health” during the week. Modify the exercises if needed.  Encourage your co-workers and family members to join you. Challenge yourself to complete more rounds each week!

OPTIONAL: Email Windom.wellness@windommn.com to report your completed rounds OR if you want to pick the next WOW word!!!

Earn VEBA Incentive participation by emailing Windom.wellness@windommn.com to report completed rounds for at least one week.

 

Check. Change. Control – Health Message #3

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

By signing up to track your blood pressure in the CCC Tracker we know that controlling your blood pressure is important to you. While you are working hard to track your blood pressure numbers, don’t let hidden sodium in your diet sidetrack your hard work.

One way to cut back your sodium intake is to skip the salt shaker, however, most of the sodium in our diets comes from packaged, processed foods. Eating these foods less often can help reduce your sodium intake, and help lower your blood pressure or prevent high blood pressure. Here is a list of six popular foods that can add high levels of sodium to your diet: http://bit.ly/2ynWExd

After you learn the salty six, use this fun infographic to learn some simple tips to help reduce the amount of sodium in your diet: http://bit.ly/2pfK3bj

Learn more about reducing the amount of sodium in your diet: http://bit.ly/2f87grI

Don’t forget to log your latest blood pressure in the CCC tracker www.ccctracker.com

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.

 

 

Health Spending Account Informational Meeting

BCBS and Further (Formerly SelectAccount) Onsite for Employee Meetings! 

Representatives from BCBS and Further (formerly SelectAccount) will be onsite to discuss benefits of HSAs, VEBAs or using a combination of health spending accounts in conjunction with our Health Insurance Plan for 2019.

Please plan to attend ONE informational session regarding using 2019 Health Spending Account options.

Session 1 – November 7th, 10-11:00 am in Council Chambers

Session 2 – November 7th , 1:30-2:30 pm in Council Chambers

 

 

 

 

Hy-Vee Recall

Hy-Vee Recall

Check. Change. Control – Reminder to Upload your BP Reading – Week 4

Dear Check. Change. Control.Participants:

The first step in controlling blood pressure is knowing your numbers. By now, you’ve checked your blood pressure and know what your numbers mean. Now it’s time to make a plan!

Call to Action: If your blood pressure numbers fall in the pre-hypertension stage or above, make an appointment to see your doctor and discuss a plan of action! To get started lowering your blood pressure RIGHT NOW, refer to the 5 Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure for some simple lifestyle changes you can start making today!

Don’t forget to upload your blood pressure reading using an online tracker by the end of the day. If you have any questions or problems uploading your blood pressure readings, please contact me at windom.wellness@windommn.com

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.

 

 

WOW – Word of the Week Wellness Challenge

As a reminder, we still have a few sessions of YOGA happening Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm.  Employee and/or spouses are welcome!

Don’t have time to workout? Short bursts of intense exercise can be just as effective as longer periods of moderate activity!  Use this challenge to add short periods of activity into your day!

WOW – Word of the Week

YOGA

Y=10 Pushups
O=40 Jumping Jacks
G=10 Arm Circles
A=40 Jumping Jacks

Have fun and see how many times you can perform “health” during the week. Modify the exercises if needed.  Encourage your co-workers and family members to join you. Challenge yourself to complete more rounds each week!

OPTIONAL: Email Windom.wellness@windommn.com to report your completed rounds OR if you want to pick the next WOW word!!!

Earn VEBA Incentive participation by emailing Windom.wellness@windommn.com to report completed rounds for at least one week.

 

“Growing Our Own” Regional Event Nov. 8th

You are invited to help the City of Windom plan projects around “Growing Our Own” and working together to address child poverty.  Half of the kids in Windom under the age of 5 live in poverty. 

Would you like to attend the second regional “Grow Our Own” Summit in Marshall on November 8th from 9am to 4pm?  

This is an opportunity for community members to work together to address child poverty, plan projects in our community, and to help all of our kids to have a chance to reach their full potential.  My goal is to have a minimum of 15 community members from Windom attend the event.  The City and School are coordinating a ride-share to the event.  You are welcome to ride with us to the event.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Event Overview
Too many southwest Minnesota kids aren’t getting the best start to life. We’re working to change that. Join the Southwest Initiative Foundation as we support our kids and the communities they call home. These kids are our future employees, community leaders, homeowners, volunteers and taxpayers. We believe that our region’s economy depends on their success.

During the summit, you’ll learn and be inspired to take action that will benefit youth, as well as your own business, organization, school, community or family.

Who should attend?

  • Employers and business leaders
  • Civic, community and nonprofit leaders
  • Educators and service providers
  • Elected officials
  • Interested individuals

This event is open to the public. Groups of people representing all areas of your community are encouraged to attend together!

  1. Get registered! Summit registration is now open.

Benefit Plan Spending Account Information

These Documents have been added to Benefit Information Section on the City of Windom Website

MHC Select Account Info

HSA_VEBA_FSA Compare

 

HY-VEE A1C Testing – Free – Deadline TODAY

Let me know by End of Day TODAY October 16th if you would like to have this test done by Hy-Vee!

FREE A1C event held at Hy-Vee on Tuesday, November 13, 8am-12 noon.

The A1C test is a blood test used to measure the average level of glucose in the blood over the last two to three months, and is used as a means of checking how well blood sugar levels are being controlled for a person with diabetes or as a screening test to see if someone has diabetes.

You DO NOT need to be fasting.

Appointments are 15 minutes and will take place inside the Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile parked in the Hy-Vee parking lot.

Linda will collect the  blood via a finger stick just like the biometrics.

Each participant will receive a giveaway bag with some coupons and a few samples inside.

Linda will be doing a big public promotion for this, but before she does, she is giving City of Windom employees first choice at appointments.  

If you sign up PLEASE make sure you show up as you are taking a time slot someone else could have used!!

Please call Chelsie at 507-831-6129 to reserve a time slot.   Please reserve your time slot by Tuesday October 16th.