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Kaiser Permanente Colorado Workplace Wellness Program Benefits Local School District

June 12, 2014

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To think, to learn, to achieve, to care is the mission of the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. One way the district does this is by offering staff Kaiser Permanente’s workplace wellness programs.

“I think that is shown so very well in the way that we reach out not only to support our staff professionally but also in their well-being each and every day the best we can,” says Sheila Graham, assistant superintendent of educational support services for the district.

Organizations that place a high priority on a culture of well-being reap the benefits of a highly effective and engaged workforce. As part of an overall workforce health strategy, programs like Kaiser Permanente’s Maintain Don’t Gain can help build employee morale, encourage peer support, and have a positive impact on an individual’s exercise and eating habits. These benefits can lead to increased productivity, lower absenteeism and decreased stress.  “I think it’s huge that our employer offers this to us,” says administrative assistant Catherine Whitmore. “Incorporating exercise into your day is so beneficial for your productivity at work and to think that Cherry Creek School District was willing to take that on and take us away from our work time…I definitely see that they saw the value in that. They got a good return on their investment!”

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Wellness programs.