Monthly Archives:April 2015

Staying Active

20 Apr 15
Shannon Carmody
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One of the greatest challenges when becoming physically active is staying active. Here are some tips for making physical activity an enjoyable, habitual part of your life.

Think short-term AND long-term. If your long-term goal is to walk 1 mile, then make your short-term goal smaller. How about walking a quarter mile during the first week? Similarly, if one of your long-term goals is to lose 15 pounds, focus first on a more immediate goal (i.e., losing 1–2 pounds the first week). By setting smaller goals within your bigger ones, you’re less likely to push yourself too hard. Just as important, you give yourself a chance to succeed —over and over.

Share your activity goals with others. Encouragement from family and friends can help motivate you to stay active. Let others know your short-term goals as well as your long-term ones so they can regularly cheer you on. And who knows, you may be able to persuade family or friends to join in!

Variety. Enjoy many different activities to move different muscles. For example, you could enjoy walking for your heart and leg muscles, gardening for arm muscles, and sit-ups for abdominal muscles.

Balance. Because different activities have different benefits, balance your physical activity pattern. For overall fitness, choose activities that build cardiovascular endurance (aerobic activities), muscular strength, bone strength, and flexibility.

Help yourself remember. Make a “personal activity checklist” and stick it on the fridge or another spot where you’ll see it daily.

Recall your original reasons for getting fit. Why did you decide to start your activity program in the first place? Do these reasons still apply, or are others now more important? Taking a look at your original goals and desires can help to rev up your motivation, or allow you to pinpoint where to make changes. If you find that you’re no longer enjoying a particular activity, consider trying out a new one.



It’s Not Too Late To Participate!

17 Apr 15
Shannon Carmody
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Although the incentive period for 2015 has come and gone, there is still plenty of time for you to register and start working on the required tasks for the 2016 wellness incentive!

How to Register

1.  Go to the RedBrick Health Registration Portal (

2.  Enter your Registration Code/Token and click “Next”.

  • Current Employees: This code was provided in the Launch Letter that was mailed to your homes in the end of December.
  • New Employees (hired after 1/1/15): You will be automatically mailed a Welcome Letter within 2-3 weeks of your start date. This letter will contain your registration information.
  • Was your Registration Token Lost or Never Received? Please email your City of Tacoma Wellness Coordinator or the Third Party Contact and they will respond to you within 24 hours or less.

3.  Create a username and password, which you’ll use to log into the website from thereon out.

4.  Once you have successfully registered, you will always log in with the username and password that you created at

  • Helpful Hint:  To help prevent log in issues and to ensure you are on the correct website, you are encouraged to save the Tacoma Employee Wellness Microsite( in your “Favorites” and then directly access the RedBrick Health Portal from there.