Jane Hester, AmeriHealth Administrator, Jerry Campanaro, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Kevin Thomas, Joann Barnard, Freeholder Kristine Gabor, Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, County Director of Operations, Edmund J. Grant, Jr.
COURT HOUSE – Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders cut the ribbon today opening the county’s new 3,157 square feet Wellness Center. Director of Operations for the county, Edmund Grant said, “The construction of the center located in the county’s health department was funded by a grant from AmeriHealth Administrators. The new fitness center cost $50,000 for equipment and materials and the labor was provided by our Facility and Services Department.”
Grant added, “AmeriHealth Administrators took a true Partnership approach by working with The County of Cape May and the Marsh & Mclennan Agency to make this much needed program work. Valerie Labaska, Manager, Client Services and Population Health Management for Marsh & McLennan Agency was integrated in the County’s Wellness Committee and provided leadership and direction in the formation of the Wellness program and fitness facility.”
The Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency assisted Cape May County in getting the Wellness Program off the ground. The agency was instrumental in securing a Wellness credit from Amerihealth Administrators that was used to outfit the new Wellness Facility.
The fitness facility is just one part of the county’s Employee Wellness program that was started in 2012 by the Board of Chosen Freeholders to promote healthy lifestyle choices for all Cape May County employees. The center provides the opportunity for employees to participate in various classes and programs that focus on positive health behaviors, prevention and stress reduction. The workout area has a variety of fitness equipment including treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes, weight-training area that contains free weights and Power Blocks plus areas for private and group classes.
Reaching your fitness goals can help improve your flexibility, strength, energy level and endurance while lowering such health factors as your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Freeholder Gabor said, “The County’s new Wellness Program and fitness Center promotes a healthy lifestyle for our employees and not only promises to make them physically healthier but will also help to make their pockets healthier too by saving them money on their health insurance costs. Additionally, this Wellness program will also help to lower insurance premiums for the county so that we can continue to hold the line on taxes for the taxpayers of Cape May County …so it is a win-win for everyone.”
The Cape May County Wellness Division was created through a collaborative approach to health education, promotion and facilitation of existing services; the division plans to support growth in the multiple dimensions of health: physical, emotional, social and environmental.
The goals of the Wellness Division are to:
o Offer programs and services emphasizing awareness, prevention and positive health behavior change,
o Provide current and accurate information on personal and community health issues
o Foster a campus environment (with outreach to satellite divisions) supportive of a healthy lifestyle, and
o Provide knowledge and skills to improve and maintain health that may enhance personal and/or work performance.
Additionlly,the Marsh & McLennan Agency started the process of integrating Health Advocate to assist with the Wellness Coaching. These coaches are trained to address a wide range of issues including weight loss, tobacco cessation, fitness, nutrition, stress management and heart health. They can also support employees who have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or asthma.
Research shows that the return on investment will vary but a well run Wellness program / Health Management program could show a return as high as $6 per employee per month. Most dollars spent are usually in the start up phase. Employee engagement will drive results and ultimately help control claims.
Non-member employees wishing to tour or join the Wellness Center are encouraged to schedule an appointment before visiting. Registration and orientation to the facility is required prior to gaining membership access.
For more information about the Cape May County Wellness Program, please call 609-465-1087, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cmcwellness.org.