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Worksite wellness

  • Healthy Communities Partnership

    The Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing oversees the Healthy Communities Partnership - a three-year program to screen, assess and improve the health of residents in 13 communities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. The program's aim is to help prevent deaths and chronic diseases related to poor nutrition, inadequate exercise, smoking and hazardous drinking.

    Workplace Wellness program

    Workplace Wellness is part of the three-year Healthy Communities Partnership program, sponsored by the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing and the George Family Foundation. The River Falls Area Hospital's Workplace Wellness program offers the following free, proven wellness services:

    • Employee/spouse health screenings. This includes a blood cholesterol test and sugar panel, along with a blood pressure check and basic health risk assessment. Screenings are offered annually.
    • Ongoing health coaching. Every participant who completes a survey and assessment can work with a wellness coach. People with specific issues are connected to community health/wellness resources when appropriate.
    • Worksite education. Based on interests and needs, customized employee education is provided at the workplace to help support healthful life changes, enhance productivity and improve morale/retention.

    While wellness coaches focus on physical health, they also work with employees to promote health in any area that might be challenging for them, including emotional and financial wellness. The goal is to help workers in the River Falls area live healthier, happier lives.

  • For more information

    Interested local businesses should call Brandi Poellinger at 715-307-6084 to learn more about the Workplace Wellness program.

    Patient story

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    Kirk Mueller said that his initial visit with his health coach was a type of wake-up call. "It helped me know where I was physically, mentally and emotionally in terms of my health," he said. Read full story.