Worksite Wellness 

In an effort to increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating, improve productivity, and boost a positive culture in our workplaces, the Office of Public Health is implementing a statewide wellness program for all employees. OPH360 will support you in improving your personal health through peer encouragement, educational opportunities and wellness activities.  Wellness activities will focus on healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco cessation and mental health. Be on the lookout for emails from your Wellness Champions for upcoming events and activities. 

Join our Facebook group to stay updated on all things OPH360! Your wellness champion will share what's happening in your area there.  Stay engaged and motivate your coworkers by sharing your healthy habits, recipes and successes. 

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April Ways to Wellness 

End of Year survey results:    

In 2017, OPH360 began and offered many benefits to participants such as access to wellness resources in the form of health challenges, monthly Ways to Wellness e-blast, the OPH360 Facebook group, healthy recipes, in addition to other intangible benefits like employee morale, support, accountability, and team-building.

OPH360 aims to support healthy behavior changes related to healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco use, and other areas of personal health. In year one, 78.3% of OPH employees that participated in OPH360 said they made positive changes as a result of the program, including changes to their physical activity, diet, and water intake. Specifically, 59.3% of participants increased their water intake, 57.1% increased their activity, and 51.6% decreased their soda intake. One of the most common changes reported by employees was increased walking!

“The challenges not only increased our activity level, but also boosted co-worker morale”

“We had a blast exercising as a group"

 

“The friendly competition helped”

“It made us feel better and come together as a team”

“Most of all I really liked the support and accountability from co-workers”


Join the Facebook Group to Stay in the Know!  

*The Office of Public Health and the OPH360 Wellness Program does not take the place of medical advice. Individuals should always consult with a physician prior to starting any exercise or diet regimen.


What's For Dinner? Turkey & Bean Soup    

     

 

Ingredients (Makes 6 Serving): 

1/3 cup fresh onion, diced | 1/3 cup fresh celery, diced | 1/3 cup fresh carrots, peeled & diced | 1.5 cups fresh kale, no stems, chopped | 2 1/4 tsp canned low-sodium tomato paste  | 1 tbsp garlic, minced | 4 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken stock | 1 3/4 cups canned low-sodium Navy beans, rinsed, drained  1/2 tsp salt  dash black pepper  5 oz smoked turkey breast, 1/4" pieces  2/3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped 2/3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:
  • Place onions, celery, carrots, kale, tomato paste, and garlic in a large pot coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cook over medium-high heat. Stir frequently. Cook until vegetables are soft and onions are translucent. 
  • Add chicken stock, beans, salt, and pepper.
  • Reduce temperature to low heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.Stir occasionally.
  • Add turkey, thyme, basil, and parsley. Stir well. Simmer a minimum of 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:  

Calories: 135 

Total Fat: 3g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Total Carbohydrates: 14g 

Fiber: 4g

Protein: 15g 

Sodium: 525mg 

 

Recipe & photo source: https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/child-nutrition-cnp/tuscan-smoked-turkey-and-bean-soup

Who's Who?

Know Your Wellness Committee

Our Wellness Committee includes OPH leaders who are committed to moving OPH's health forward.  Check out who's involved below!  

Who's Who 
 

Dr. Bertrand (BJ) Foch - Chair

Region 5 Medical Director
 

Myra Lowe - co chair

Deputy Assistant Secretary

I’m so excited to be a part of our OPH360 wellness initiative committee. Investing in the physical and mental well-being of our employees is so important to me and it’s crucial to achieving a workforce that is both valued and appreciated. 2017 is going to be a great year for OPH employees and it is my hope that everyone will join us in our efforts. 

 

Rebecca Guidroz, RD, LDN - wellness Coordinator

Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
 
 

Vacant  

Region 3 
 
 

Leslie Lewis, RD, LDN 

Obesity Prevention Program Manager
 
 

christopher Harris

Region 1
 
 

Jessica Jolly

Director, Bureau of Regional & Clinical Enterprise System
 
 

Nicole Chreene, RN 

Region 7 Public Health Nurse
 
 

Amy gray, RN

Region 7 Public Health Nurse
 
 

VACANT 

Region  4
 
 

Vacant 

Region 8 
 
 

JEnnifer ryan, RD, LDN

Region 6 Regional Nutritionist 
 
 

Mark Malouse

 

 

Know Your Wellness Champions

A Wellness Champion is a co-worker that volunteered to lead your region or location's wellness activities. Have a question? Contact your Champion and shoot them an email.

Our Wellness Champions include OPH employees who are committed to moving OPH's health forward. Check out who's involved here!  

Click here if you'd like to apply to become a Wellness Champion. 

Moving Well-Ahead

Making small, healthy changes is easy when your community is also committed to health! 

Community Resource GuideFind healthy resources near you! Find resources for different health topics here.

Find WellSpots:  Is your child's school a WellSpot? What about your favorite lunch spot? Find out here!  

Additional Resources