April 12, 2012
Cook County Board President Introduces New Wellness Plan
FROM THE COOK COUNTY WEBSITE:
President Preckwinkle today announced a broad worksite wellness initiative, "Spring Into Health!" to engage Cook County's 22,000 employees in a culture of health and fitness. As part of her commitment to lead by example, Ms. Preckwinkle has designed the new program to foster a healthy work environment that will ensure employees and their families make positive lifestyle choices.
Through a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the county will now provide a comprehensive wellness program accessible to all employees. Spring Into Health! will be offered at no cost to employees, and at no cost to taxpayers.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield, the American Heart Association, and our friends in labor have been invaluable in helping craft a wellness plan that will engage our workforce," President Preckwinkle said. "We are hoping to reach employees at every department, at every level, and show them that leading a healthy lifestyle is possible with Cook County as a partner."
"The American Heart Association is proud to work with President Preckwinkle and Cook County leadership to implement comprehensive, cost-efficient and lasting health and wellness programming," said Dr. Stephen Archer, American Heart Association Metro Chicago Board President. "We applaud President Preckwinkle and her team for making health a priority in the county's culture. The Spring into Health! initiative is an important first step in saving lives now. The AHA hopes other entities and organizations join Cook County in making a commitment to worksite wellness."
In framing the program, President Preckwinkle collaborated with labor leaders from the Teamsters, Fraternal Order of Police, Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Coalition of Unionized Public Employees, Service Employees International Union, and the Doctor's Council to engage the county's workforce and help promote the benefits.
"We have reached out to our members and emphasized the unique opportunity that Spring Into Health! offers Cook County employees," said Billy Logan, president of Teamsters Local 700. "For the first time, we have committed leadership at the county, taking the health concerns of our workers seriously, and taking action to do something that will improve their lives."
"It has been a privilege to collaborate with President Preckwinkle and her administration to craft a program that will truly engage the average worker," said Betty Boles, vice president of SEIU Local 73. "This is a comprehensive approach that offers information and solutions to take control of your own health."
Spring Into Health! will utilize a variety of comprehensive, long-term and preventative health promotion activities to accomplish employee goals. These include health education, screening programs and social support.
Becky Strzechowski, President
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