Employee Health & Wellness Program explores District 2 one county at a time

December 4, 2018

District 2 Public Health is excited to participate in the Employee Health & Wellness Program. What is an employee health and wellness program? It can be defined as an employer approach to improving employee health with wellness programs like company-sponsored exercise, weight-loss competitions, educational seminars, tobacco-cessation programs and health screenings. It is designed to help employees eat better, lose weight and improve their overall physical and mental health.   

For part of the Employee Wellness program this year, District 2 started “Exploring the Counties” in our district to encourage group participation, employee comradery and health and wellness. This activity involves a hike in one of the district’s 13 counties each month throughout the year, one county at a time. Every employee who participates receives a goodie bag of wellness items.  

The first hike was held in September in Rabun County at Tallulah Gorge. The trail along the upper rim of the gorge was a little over two miles. Some participants chose to walk down to the bottom and then ascend back up the other side. There are 1,099 steps to climb to complete the hike and this was no easy challenge.

The second hike was in White County at Unicoi Lake Trail. The trail is over two miles and has views of the lake and fall foliage. After this hike, some participants also hiked nearby Anna Ruby falls trail and visited Alpine Helen.

The next hike was held in Franklin County on Nov. 17 at Victoria Bryant State Park. Franklin County Family Connections partnered with the Franklin County Health Department for this hike. 

“The Franklin County Department of Public Health is one of the many partners making up our Collaborative,” said Ken Watkins of Franklin County Family Connections. “They have been and always will be our partner simply because we share the same clients and have similar goals: the health and welfare of the people of Franklin County, Georgia. Our Family Connection Collaborative serves as the local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to develop, implement and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.” 

“There are many benefits to participating in the walks,” said Anita Holsenbeck, IT support specialist with District 2 Public Health. “The fresh air, the beautiful scenery, spending time with co-workers, friends and family, meeting new people, exploring new places and most importantly, the exercise. There are several participants with health issues who just want to get fit and stay healthy, so this is a great way to accomplish that.” 

District 2 Public Health will be scheduling the next walk after the first of the year. 


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