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The 2009 Live Well Challenge is here!
Registration is underway for one of King County’s most popular health events - the Live Well Challenge!
This annual team-based event is open to all King County employees. Last year, almost 1,000 employees participated in this friendly, healthy competition vying for points, pride, and prizes. Here are the details for the 2009 event. Read more
July is last month to vote on VEBA
July is the last month to vote on a new HRA VEBA medical reimbursement account beginning in 2010.Go to the VEBA website or contact your union. Email your questions to Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations, or call 206-684-1556
Improving health, curbing costs
King County employees and spartners are doing their part to embrace healthier lifestyles and control costs, according to data compiled by the King County Health Reform Initiative. The county has curbed projected costs by $18 million since the progam began in 2005. Read more
Enhancements coming in 2010-2012 Read more
Health Hero Councilmember Jane Hague
During bike to work month in May, I took advantage of sunny days to get some exercise and use a different mode of transportation to get from the Eastside into work at the King County Courthouse. Read more
Health Hero Update: Helen Ivory
Health Matters "Lunch and Learn" series
This January, increased co-pays and co-insurance for KingCareSM will make it more important than ever to make sure you get the right care at the right time. Health Matters is proud to present national experts from the clinics and hospitals here in our region. They will talk in plain English about where to get quality care, what quality care means and how to make the most of the limited time you have with your doctor. Read more
Check out our redesigned Choose Well pages to learn more about how to get quality health care that is right for you.
Eat Smart: reduce pesticides exposure in produce
You already know it’s important to eat a fruit and vegetables. But do you know what steps you can take to minimize exposure to pesticides that may be on your produce? Read more
Nutrition labels in restaurants: Tell us your story
Have nutrition labels in food and beverage chains influenced what you order? Public Health researchers want to know. King County food and beverage chains with 15 or more locations nationwide must post nutrition labels in restaurants. Read more
Recipe Box: Patriotic Potato Salad
Made with red, white, and blue spuds, this potato salad is as American as apple pie. Blue potatoes (also called purple potatoes) have a texture similar to that of russet potatoes, but a nuttier flavor; Read more
Swim safe this summer
July is a great time to go swimming or boating with your family and friends. But did you know that almost 10 people drown every day across the nation. Practice Safe Swimming this summer by learning to swim and following these simple steps. Read more
Way to go Bike to Work teams!
Councilmember Julia Patterson recognized King County Bike to Work Team Captains with a proclamation, recognizing their contributions to better health and greener commutes.
Gym Discounts – ready when you are
The Gym Discount Program supports you and your family to Move More. Twenty-eight organizations participate, representing almost 140 gyms. New facilities are added every month. If you are looking to join a gym, be sure to check out these discounts first. Read more
Move More in July
Hike, walk, run, bike, swim, play and learn. It’s all good in July! Check out these local events. Remember that the Centers for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate-level physical activity and two days a week of muscle-strengthening exercises. Read more
H1NI Flu officially labeled a pandemic
Public Health prepares for resurgence this fall and winterThe WHO (World Health Organization)’s announcement of a global pandemic confirms what Public Health – Seattle & King County has anticipated: H1N1 flu, commonly known as swine flu, continues to spread widely around the world. For weeks Public Health has been intensively preparing for the anticipated return of the virus. Read more
Financial stress: Its affects and what you can do
Financial concerns are often a leading cause of stress. Learn how financial stress can affect your health and what resources are available to help you improve your money situation and decrease the worries. Read more
Strong turnout for Healthy IcentivesSM
For the fourth year in a row, about 90 percent of employees and spartners completed their wellness assessments and individual action plans by June 30, taking the high road to better health while qualifying for lower out-of pocket expense levels next year. Read more
Celebrate summer with a commitment to quit
Smoking is expensive. Quitting is free. Learn about no-cost tobacco cessation programs. Read more