Walking Works! Public Employees Walk This Way in April
County and city employees throughout the valley will be hitting the pavement next week participating in the seventh annual Walking Works! Challenge. A coalition of public agency employees who are part of the San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority (SJVIA) are competing in the walking wellness event, the week of April 23rd-27th. The SJVIA purchased 2,000 pedometers, which have been distributed to the employees who will participate in the Walking Works! Challenge. The pedometers will be used by the participants to quantify steps each day, and the employees are encouraged to track their steps on-line. Employees are competing within their own county as well as against the other entities in a friendly competition.
SJVIA President and Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel proclaimed "The SJVIA is excited to present a friendly competition to its member agencies. This is a great opportunity to challenge fellow employees, represent your jurisdiction, and improve your own health. I hope participation continues to increase this year as it has in previous years. Good luck to all!"
The SJVIA Board of Directors approved the Walking Works! Challenge as a way to promote wellness for its members, and do their part to keep overall medical costs down for each entity. Wellness programs can help prevent costly illnesses early by providing screening exams, online tools, information, and activities that encourage healthy behaviors.
“One of the objectives of the Walking Works Challenge is to promote living an active and healthy lifestyle all year long” notes SJVIA Vice President and Fresno County Supervisor Brian Pacheco.
The SJVIA was formed in 2009 for the purpose of achieving greater critical mass for health insurance volume purchasing by public entities and reducing administrative costs. Collaboration in purchasing health insurance and wellness efforts have proven to be a successful model for County of Tulare, County of Fresno and City of Marysville.
For more info, contact:
Paul Nerland, County of Fresno
(559) 600-1810/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhonda Sjostrom, County of Tulare
(559) 636-4900/ email@example.com