King County Walks April 6 - 9
April 6th kicks off Public Health Week and April 8th is the American Heart Association’s Start Walking Day. Join your co-workers for a walk and earn a free health calendar. Register here
(P.S. - Click on Councilmember Julia Patterson's photo or this link to view a slide show from the 2008 Walk)
King County partners with American Diabetes Association
King County is proud to partner with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to prevent and manage diabetes in the workplace. It's part of our Winning at Work program which helps employers detect, prevent, and manage diabetes in the workplace. Read more.
King County's Health Reform Initiative and diabetes: Improving lives and saving money
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in the U.S. and county employees, their spouses, partners and children are not immune. The good news is that the county’s Healthy IncentivesSM benefit design and Health Matters programs can help prevent diabetes or properly manage the disease. Read more
Logon and Learn about diabetes
Today some 1,300 King County employees and their family members are being treated for Diabetes; more than 150 are projected to contract diabetes this year. The county has free online tools to help you make the best decisions about diabetes prevention and care at an affordable price. Read more
The Recipe Box: A new tool to help you Eat Smart
Check out our redesigned Eat Smart pages and share your healthy recipes with co-workers using the Recipe Box. Read more
Eat Smart by exercising your green thumb
The benefits of growing your own vegetables go beyond eating a healthy meal. But many of us feel like we don’t have the time. Check out these resources to help get you started. Read more
Rev Up for Retirement
April 23rd at King Street Center, 11:30 am
In today’s economy, planning ahead is more important than ever. Rev Up For Retirement is a two-hour seminar designed to get you the answers you need. Read more and sign up
Next step – your individual action plan!
If you took the wellness assessment by March 22nd, it's time to start your individual action plan to earn the gold out-of-pocket expense level for your 2010 medical expenses. Read more
Making life — and work — easier
Did you know that King County provides no-cost counseling and referral services to help you both at work and at home? Let us work with you in resolving work and personal problems that affect your life. Read more about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and check out the new Web site for Making Life Easier (MLE). Read more
Move More in April
Don’t let April Showers keep you inside. Remember that the Centers for Disease Control recommend 150 minutes a week of moderate-level physical activity and 2 days a week of muscle-strengthening exercises. April events include free Bike Commute Intro classes at the Chinook Building. Check out April Move More events here
Chinook Building stair climbing Health Heroes
The Chinook Building stair climb challenge ended March 20th. Almost 100 employees participated. For some, the challenge was personal. Here's a story of two super steppers who climbed over 2,500 flights of stairs. . . Read their story here
Health Hero Update: Helen Ivory
Put Weight Watchers® to Work for you
King County Weight Watchers at Work® encourages healthy eating, increased physical activity, and healthy weight loss. To make participation convenient, one-hour weekly meetings are held at worksites throughout the county. Read more
2010-2012 Health Benefits set
The King County Joint Labor Management Insurance Committee has approved a comprehensive health benefit package for the three-year period beginning January 2010.
The agreement secures a strong set of benefits for King CareSM and Group Health members, promoting health without the burden of premium share, while saving $37 million over its term. Read more
April is quitting time
Effective April 1, the price of a pack of cigarettes increases 62 cents. Smoking is expensive. Quitting is free. Click here to learn about no-cost tobacco cessation programs for you.