Cape May County Employee Wellness Program

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Please explore the many opportunities to improve your health and: • Be Active • Eat Smart • Watch Your Weight • Stress Less • Have a Healthy Heart • Learn More • Practice Prevention • Live Well

About the Wellness Division

The Cape May County Wellness Division is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices for all Cape May County employees. Through a collaborative approach to health education, promotion, and facilitation of present services offered to our community; we are committed to providing opportunities that support growth in the multiple dimensions of health: physical, emotional, social, and environmental. The goals of the Wellness Division are to:
  • Offer programs and services emphasizing awareness, prevention, and positive health behavior change,
  • Provide current and accurate information on personal and community health issues
  • Foster a campus environment (with outreach to satellite divisions) supportive of a healthy lifestyle, and
  •  Provide knowledge and skills to improve and maintain health that may enhance personal and/or work performance.
  • Key component to the American Heart Association’s “Fit Friendly Workplace” Gold Award

Cape May County Government Employee Wellness Center Fitness Facility

The Cape May County Government Employee Wellness Center fitness facility at the Health Department (rear entrance) provides the opportunity for employees to participate in various classes and programs that focus on positive health behaviors, prevention and stress reduction. The workout area has a variety of fitness equipment including treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes, weight training area (free weights & Power Blocks), private and group class areas.

Reaching your fitness goals can help improve your flexibility, strength, energy level and endurance while lowering such health factors as your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Wellness Center staff are available for a dedicated number of hours during the week for new member orientations, group fitness class instruction, and on-going assistance. Visit the website calendar page for more information, staff schedules, fitness class information, and other wellness programs we offer.

Non-member employees wishing to tour or join the Wellness Center are encouraged to schedule an appointment before visiting. Registration and orientation to the facility is required prior to gaining membership access. You are encouraged to print and complete the Fitness Center Application, the PARQ Form, the Notice of Privacy and Receipt and secure medical clearance (if required) prior to registration/orientation.

Spouses

The CMC Wellness Division is now inviting benefit eligible spouses to join our Wellness Center! Those interested are required to complete & return the “spouse” membership application forms (the Spouse Fitness Center Application, the PARQ Form, the Notice of Privacy and Receipt ); present medical clearance from their health care provider allowing them to exercise unsupervised; and schedule a brief gym orientation (small group classes are on our website calendar). After completing these steps, you should contact the CMC Human Resources office to schedule an appointment to get a Wellness Center door card. If you have any question, please contact Joann Barnard at the Wellness Division: 609-465-1087.

Retirees

The CMC Wellness Division now is now inviting 25 year retirees to join our Wellness Center! Those interested are required to complete & return the membership application forms (the Retiree Fitness Center Application, the PARQ Form, the Notice of Privacy and Receipt ); present medical clearance from their health care provider allowing them to exercise unsupervised; and schedule a brief gym orientation (small group classes are on our website calendar). If you have any question, please contact Joann Barnard at the Wellness Division: 609-465-1087.

Please call 609-465-1087 or cmcwellness@co.cape-may.nj.us

Why do we have a Wellness Program?

Identifying the need for worksite wellness programs is a fairly simple task. We as Americans are a very unhealthy group of people. Consider that the leading causes of death are usually listed as heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc. However, the leading “actual” causes of death in the United States are risk factors that can be modified.

According to an article in the March 10, 2004 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, smoking is still the leading actual cause of death, killing 435,000 Americans in 2000, up from 400,000 in 1990. However, poor diet and physical inactivity are a close second. Predicted to replace smoking as the leading actual cause of death in the near future, these two chronic disease risk factors accounted for 400,000 deaths in 2000, up from 300,000 in 1990. Being overweight or obese can greatly increase the chances of contracting heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, diabetes, gall bladder disorders and many other ailments. The reasons why chronic diseases and obesity flourish in the U.S. are many:
  • Lack of time in a fast-paced society coupled with growing numbers of fast-food outlets and restaurants, making it convenient to eat out.
  • Restaurants and fast-food outlets serving extremely large portions of food with these foods being high in fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, calories and sodium while relatively low in fiber and nutrients necessary for health.
  •  Vending machines, snack bars and cafeterias with few, if any, healthy choices.
  • Increased inactivity due to modern labor-saving devices, computers, video/DVD games, security concerns, lack of sidewalks, walking trails and bike paths.
  • Using tobacco for smoking, chewing, dipping, etc.
There has been little progress during the past decade in reducing deaths attributable to the risk factors of poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use. We have always told people “they need to eat better and exercise.” This admonition has met with little success.

People must live healthier lifestyles, but they need help. Communities, schools, worksites, medical centers and government need to work together to establish environments and create policies that eliminate the barriers to, and increase the opportunities for, people to live healthy.

What are the benefits of worksite Wellness Programs?

There are numerous benefits of worksite wellness programs. In fact there are more than 200 scientific studies indicating the positive return-on-investment for worksite wellness programs.

That said, this listing is not extensive, but will note some of the widely accepted benefits of worksite wellness programs.
Worksites are crucial to improving the health of their workers. Most adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthful habits.

The worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior and this needs to be put to use as a means of assisting employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Benefits of worksite wellness programs for employees include:
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved physical fitness
  •  Increased stamina
  •  Lower levels of stress
  •  Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem
Employers can also benefit from worksite wellness programs. According to recent research, employers’ benefits are:
  • Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  •  Decreased rates of illness and injuries
  •  Reduced employee absenteeism
  •  Improved employee relations and morale
  •  Increased productivity
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report in 2002 revealed that at worksites with physical activity programs, employers have:
  • Reduced healthcare costs by 20 to 55 percent
  • Reduced short-term sick leave by six to 32 percent
  • Increased productivity by two to 52 percent
Thanks to modern medicine, life expectancy for Americans has continually increased. How much we enjoy these additional years, however, depends greatly on how we have lived our lives. If our quality of life is to remain high so that we can fully enjoy these extra years, we must practice good eating habits, be active and refrain from using tobacco products. Worksite wellness programs can help support these healthy behaviors. This guide indicates only a small portion of the existing evidence that shows worksite wellness works. Take advantage of these benefits in your organization. Start a worksite wellness program now! Use this guide to assist you and direct you to resources that you can use to create a successful program.

Source: Wellness Proposals.com

Disclaimer

This is an elective employee wellness program with a goal of facilitating improved health and well being. No assurance can be given that the wellness program's will improve health and or functional capacity. Check with your health care professional before starting an activity plan. He or she can advise you about safety concerns to be aware of, as well as which activities are best for you. Do not exercise if you have any physical problems that might influence your ability to become more active. Stop exercising and call your doctor if you feel dizzy, nauseated, short of breath, or if you feel pain in your chest. If you are more than 40 pounds overweight, you should not work out at a high intensity level without professional supervision.