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. 


January Ways to Wellness 

a New Year resolution should be a lifestyle resolution!    

A new year means new goals! Eating healthier and losing weight are among the two most popular resolutions. However, sometimes it is difficult to resist temptation - especially if you are busy, tired, or stressed. Below are a few tips to help you stay on track in 2018. 

  • Don't skip meals. Limiting and avoiding food can cause you to eat more over the course of the day. Always have something for breakfast to start your day off right.
  • Limit caffeine. Too much caffeine can actually make you feel more tired throughout the day. It can also add excess sugar and calories depending on your selection. Aim for less than 3 - 8 ounce servings per day. 
  • Plan Ahead. Set yourself up for success. Over the weekend, prepare healthy lunches for the week. If dining out, be sure to check out the restaurant's menu online to ensure it has healthy options. Tip! You can visit to find restaurant WellSpots in your area. 
  • Try a new food each week. Incorporate more nutritious foods into your diet by purchasing a different type of fruit, vegetable, whole grain, or lean protein for the week. This will keep meals fresh and innovative! 
  • Cook at home. Restaurants are notorious for high calorie/fat/sodium meals. Cook the majority of your meals at home, so you can control the ingredients. 
  • Make the most of your freezer. Freezing helps reduce waste, saves time and money, and ensures you are eating healthier meals. 
  • Drink more water. Staying hydrated supports weight control because it makes you feel full and helps you consume fewer calories. Get in the habit of drinking water when you wake up, at each meal, and between meals. 
#Goals: Be Realistic, Plan, Act, and Accomplish 
By making resolutions realistic you have a better chance to change your behavior. Check out the tips below to help you maintain your resolutions.  

  • Write down goals. This will keep you accountable, as well as help track progress.
  • Be specific. Don’t just say “I want to exercise more.” Say “I will walk every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for at least 30 minutes.”
  • Make a plan. Use small steps to achieve bigger goals. Keep your goals small and attainable.
  • Talk about it. Tell your friends and family or join a support group to stay motivated and accountable.
  • Limit goals. Choose only one to two goals instead of a list of everything you want to do or change.
  • Set a timeline. You don’t have to use the entire year to complete a goal - try weekly or monthly.   Once you’ve accomplished one goal, you can add another.
  • Don’t give up! No matter how many times you slip, keep moving forward. Don’t let this be an excuse to give up completely. 

*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? Zucchini, Avocado Pesto & Shrimp Pasta   


Prep time: 35 minutes; Ready in: 35 minutes; Makes 4 servings  


5-6 medium zucchini (2 ¼ -2 ½ lbs total), trimmed |  1 ripe avocado  | 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves | 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 tbsp, divided  |  1/4 cup unsalted shelled pistachios | 2 tbsp lemon juice | 3/4 tsp salt, divided  | 1/4 tsp ground pepper |  3 cloves garlic, minced  1 lb raw shrimp (21-25 count), peeled, tails left on if desired  1 - 2 tsp preferred seasoning   


  • Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds in the middle (seeds make the noodles fall apart). Place the zucchini “noodles” in a colander and toss with ½ teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15-30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.
  • Meanwhile, combine avocado, basil, pistachios, lemon juice, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add ½ cup oil and process until smooth.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sprinkle with Old Bay; cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is almost cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and gently toss until hot, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl, add the pesto and gently toss to combine.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 serving = 1 3/4 cup)  

Calories: 446 

Total Fat: 33g

Saturated Fat: 5g

Total Carbohydrates: 16g 

Fiber: 7g 

Protein: 26g 

Sodium: 673mg 

WW Points: 13

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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

Louise Karisny, RN 

Region 3 Nurse Manager

Leslie Lewis, RD, LDN 

Obesity Prevention Program Manager

Monica Mcdaniels, RD, LDN

WIC Clinical Services Manager 

Jessica Jolly

Director, Bureau of Regional & Clinical Enterprise System

Region 1 

Nicole Chreene, RN 

Region 7 Public Health Nurse

Amy gray, RN

Region 7 Public Health Nurse
Region 8 

Susan royer - Committee Secretary 

Region 4 Assistant Regional Administrator

JEnnifer ryan, RD, LDN

Region 6 Regional Nutritionist 

cYnthia coston, RN

Region 9 Nurse Manager

darlene viola, RN

Region 9 Public Health Nurse


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