Friday, June 4, 2010

Solano County Selected for Kaiser Workforce Wellness Program

Solano County Selected for Kaiser Workforce Wellness Program

The County of Solano has been selected by Kaiser Permanente Health Plan as their Northern California pilot for an innovative workforce wellness program.

"The County has cultivated a wellness culture that we hope will both improve the health of our employees, and ultimately their families and their communities," said Supervisor John Vasquez. “Participating in this pilot project will keep our wellness momentum going.”

The Kaiser Wellness Pilot will focus on improving early identification and management of diabetes in the Solano County workforce. Significant elements of the Wellness Pilot will include:

Distribution of information with a focus on diabetes awareness, physical activity, nutrition, smoking cessation and weight management.
Onsite screenings for blood pressure and body mass.
Diabetic Risk Outreach, including telephonic and online coaching of employees.
Health promotion classes, including walking clubs.
Healthy eating initiatives
“Solano County is excited and honored to have been chosen as one of only two employers in the state of California to participate in this innovative and cutting edge wellness initiative,” said Don Turko, Solano County Human Resources Director. “This pilot is a wonderful opportunity to improve the health and vitality of our County workforce, while partnering with Kaiser in building an innovative disease management model for the future.”

The Kaiser Wellness Pilot is being sponsored in cooperation with the California Public Employee Retirement System under a grant provided by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Upon completion of the six-month pilot program, Kaiser will conduct follow-up activities on participants to track the effects of the pilot on their diabetes management activities. A final report will then be made by Kaiser to the CDC documenting the results of the pilot programs efforts.

Posted: June 4, 2010