• The following four areas of change were addressed and a presented as ways to make significant changes to your health.


    The first area of concern is to determine each employee’s current health. This is done by an annual health assessment which includes both the employee’s personal self-assessment and a physical assessment done by a health provider.

    Completion of the self-health assessment through the BlueCross BlueShield Blue Access website is done as a first step. A future date is set aside for each employee to attend a clinic to evaluate their physical condition through taking vital statistics such as, blood pressure, weight, height, cholesterol, etc. A fitness evaluation is included as part of the physical assessment.

    Within the first week a personal counseling session with a professional is held to set wellness goals both short term and long term. During this counseling session a plan is written by the professional and the employee with clear steps to reach the goals set.


    The second area will follow the first by offering incentives to encourage exercising well. Not only is there a need to consider eating and living well but increasing strength is a step to better health. To entice employees to consider changes to increase strength, rewards are offered for success with an exercise plan in five distinct levels. Participants in all levels must attend wellness events within each six week period.

    Level Wellness Events
    (25% strength)
    White Oak
    50pts (12.5) $10.00 cash
    125pts (31.25) $15.00 cash
    Great Smokey
    200pts (50) $25.00 cash
    Mt. Mitchell
    300pts (75) $35.00 cash
    Mt. McKinley
    400pts (100) $55.00 cash
    Mt. Everest
    500 (125) $80.00 cash

    One point is earned by engaging in 30 minutes of activity in one of the following:

    • Walking/Running
    • Resistance Training
    • Cardio Exercise

    ***Wellness events = 2 points each


    The third area of concern is provide education to help all members be successful in achieving a healthy lifestyle. During the goal setting meeting a recommendation may be made for the employee to enroll in the Healthy Lifestyle classes offered through the Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education curriculum which includes portion control, eating out options, and choosing good exercise options.

    In addition wellness events are an integral part of educating participants about how to change behaviors and to make healthier choices. Twice a month wellness events will be offered on health topics such as:

    • Tips to manage your high blood pressure.
    • Stress management techniques.
    • Managing your Diabetes.
    • Nutrition tips to lower your cholesterol.
    • Nutrition tips to lower your high blood pressure.
    • Staying safe as you age (fall prevention)
    • Keeping an eye out for depression.
    • Weight Management.
    • Personal Financial Planning

    Additional changes in lifestyle choices may be required. An anonymous employee assistance hotline for personal lifestyle issues is provided through the Employee Connect program.

    Service and Support

    The fourth area is to offer service and support to participants. Mentoring and accountability are recognized as excellent tools to assist employees stick to goals. With this in mind, a team environment is part of each employee’s plan. Assessment of goals accomplished, progress of individuals and challenges to include spiritual as well as emotional support is evaluated. Evaluations are done in six week periods.

    Participation is the goal, choose a level to begin and accumulate points toward the Expert level by attaining 600 points. For example, once you achieve the entry level the 50 points are accumulated toward the novice level. Adding 75 additional points affords the participant that level’s award and the chance to accumulate more points as you move upward to Mt. Everest. Points are not lost after attaining a particular level.

    All members who attain the advanced and expert level will receive the award for the level reached and their name will be placed in a drawing for a special prize. Making health choices can be rewarding in many ways.