Monthly Archives:December 2014

Logo Contest Winner

15 Dec 14
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Thirty-one City of Tacoma employees submitted concepts for the identity for the new Tacoma Employee Wellness Program, and Debbie Bertram (Lead Water Service Worker at Tacoma Water) came up with the award-winning tagline, Growing With Better Health, which inspired the development of the program’s logo. Besides the right to brag, Debbie received public recognition, a certificate of achievement and a Fitbit Flex.

Wellness Champions Wanted

14 Dec 14
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Do you want to help create excitement around leading a healthy lifestyle? By volunteering to be an ambassador for the Tacoma Employee Wellness Program – Growing With Better Health – you will assist in the implementation and coordination of wellness initiatives at your work location. You will also share information and encourage your friends/colleagues to actively engage in the wellness program. Stay tuned for more information on this new opportunity.

Be SMART When Setting Your Health Goals

11 Dec 14
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It is that time of year when we all start thinking about making changes in our lives to improve our health and happiness. Some of us will try to start exercising, while others may decide to eat healthier, manage finances better, or spend more quality time with family. Although the intentions of these goals are always noble, many of us often get discouraged or distracted when we get back into our daily routines.

So, why do many of our personal resolutions fail? Simply put, we don’t always map a path out of HOW we are going to achieve those goals and whether or not they are even realistic. The best way to stick with your health goal(s) is to make it a SMART one, here’s how:

S – Specific, Significant, Stretching

Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do. Specific is the What, Why, and How of the SMART model.

M – Measurable, Meaningful (To You and Your Health), Motivational

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.  In concept, the whole goal is a measure so if it’s accomplished, it’s a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal. Choose a goal with measureable progress, so you can see the change occur.

A – Attainable, Agreed Upon, Achievable, Action-Oriented

When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. If you set goals that are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to them. However, a goal needs to stretch you slightly so that it will require dedication on your part.

R – Realistic, Relevant, Reasonable, Rewarding, Results-Oriented

This doesn’t mean “easy”. Realistic means “do-able”. It means that the learning curve is not too steep; that the skills needed to accomplish the goal are available; that the goal fits with your personal plan for success.

T – Time-Based, Timely, Tangible, Trackable

Set a time frame for the goal. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. If not, the commitment is too vague.

SMART Goal Examples

Vague – I am going to exercise more.

SMART – I am going to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for 10 weeks.

Vague – I am going to lose weight.

SMART – I am going to lose 10 pounds by March by eating at least seven servings of fruit and veggies a day and exercising 45 minutes a day, four days a week

Happy and Healthy Goal Setting!

Tacoma Employee Wellness Program Launched Jan. 1, 2015

11 Dec 14
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What is the new Tacoma Employee Wellness Program all about?

The Tacoma Employee Wellness Program – Growing With Better Healthencourages you to take a broader approach to wellness with RedBrick Health, an independent online wellness platform that is uniquely simple, social, fun and customizable, and offers web, mobile and live interaction.

How does this new RedBrick Health online wellness platform work?

It targets your needs as you work to achieve and maintain healthy behaviors. All you have to do to get started is set aside 15 – 30 minutes to take an easy-to-complete online health assessment by Jan. 31, 2015. The information that you submit in your online health assessment will not be visible to anyone at the City of Tacoma.

What happens next?

After you take your online health assessment, you will receive a report that provides suggestions on small, easy steps you can make toward better health through a “journey” or action plan.

Why should I participate?

Besides the numerous benefits associated with living a more healthful lifestyle, choosing to participate in the Tacoma Employee Wellness Program gives you a $20 per month credit toward your monthly premium contribution for medical insurance in 2015.

What led to the development of the new Tacoma Employee Wellness Program?

In response to a commitment made in 2013 during negotiations with the Joint Labor Committee, members from the City of Tacoma’s management and the Joint Labor Committee formed a Wellness Committee, tasked with developing a Tacoma Employee Wellness Program for the City of Tacoma. The primary goals of the Wellness Committee are: (1) to positively impact the health of City employees and (2) to provide high-quality health insurance plans that are cost effective.