By Gary Quackenbush, Special to the Business Journal
Petaluma Health Care District
Wellness increases team building and camaraderie among employees
PETALUMA — Employees of the Petaluma Health Care District are committed to the mission of improving the health and wellbeing of all residents — and they know that this mission begins with them.
“Our employees want to lead by example and share their knowledge and health strategies with their families, friends, clients and community,” said Suzanne Cochrane, board clerk, executive assistant to the CEO, and head of the Petaluma Health Care District wellness committee.
“Our team also believes that good health extends beyond the numbers on a scale, and that our work environment is critical to our total health. By striving to make our office a hub of workplace wellness by sharing recipes, recommending exercise programs, providing support for physical and emotional successes and struggles, and by creating opportunities for team-building, our employees are more productive, energized, creative and inspired.”
She said this, in turn, allows them to more effectively meet the needs of the health care district’s residents, and makes Southern Sonoma County a great place to live, work and play.
Results have been tremendous. The Wellness Committee has been instrumental in the program’s success.
Employees report feeling better prepared to make healthy food choices. They’re getting more exercise and participating in more activities.
One employee made huge strides in her health, tripling her weekly physical activity and losing over 31 total body inches. She said, “Our employee wellness program inspired me to be healthy.”
Employees receive flu vaccinations on site, get CPR training and certification, receive healthy living tips, and are offered support when they have personal and professional, concerns.
Staff members take advantage of flexible schedules to work out, spend time with their families and participate in community events.
“More importantly, we offer employees an opportunity to share their thoughts and provide feedback on how we can continue to make our office a hub of wellness and good health,” Ms. Cochrane said.
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