CITY OF LA CROSSE EMPLOYEES QUALIFY FOR:
Riverside Corporate Wellness is dedicated to giving you the most accurate and evidence-based information you need to make informed choices about nutrition, lifestyle, preventative care and overall wellbeing. As an employee of the City of La Crosse, your employer has made an investment in you to ensure you are educated about all of the dimensions of wellness.
READY TO BECOME YOUR HEALTHIEST SELF?
Contact us. We'll help you choose your direction, develop your personalized plan for wellness, and connect you with the services available to you through your employer's partnership with Riverside Corporate Wellness.
HEALTHY CHOICES VENDING
Healthy Choices Vending is dedicated to providing nutritious and delicious snacks and beverages. The culture of the City of La Crosse supports wellness, and Healthy Choices Vending supports the health-conscious employee. Healthy Choices Vending is conveniently located outside the Belle Square Wellness Complex.
Many corporate campuses are now tobacco and nicotine-free. If you are contemplating quitting, accept this invitation to join the unique and individualized RCW "A Healthier You” program. This ten-week program is at first educational, and follows up with on-going monthly support. There is no cost to employees, spouses or eligible dependents and includes nicotine replacement and referral to health care providers for prescription medications, and behavioral health specialists as necessary.
"A Healthier You" does not pressure anyone to quit by a certain date, and does not leave you without support. Please contact Michelle Pless at for class information.
The City of La Crosse strongly supports all efforts at tobacco cessation, and offers paid time for participation. Information about this program and available confidential appointment times can be obtained from Michelle Pless.
BROWN BAG LUNCHEONS
Brown Bag Luncheons are offered monthly at City Hall and Belle Square. These are educational opportunities to learn about health and wellness issues such as physical and mental health, financial, parenting, and social wellness topics. Registered dietitians, doctors, and other health and wellness professionals share their expertise with participating employees. Registration is required. Click on the Announcements section on the homepage for more details on upcoming Brown Bags.
Spot Topics are one-half hour educational wellness presentations on unique and timely "micro-topics." Designed for a limited and more intimate interactive audience, Spot Topics are typically held in the group fitness area of Belle Square. These interesting presentations are based wholly on your suggestions and are given by health and wellness experts. Watch the Announcement section for dates and times.
ANNUAL HEALTH EXPO
The Annual Health Expo is dedicated to your health and wellness awareness, and offers relevant and timely opportunities for you. Your unique needs as part of a health conscious community are considered to bring programming, vendors, and relevant speakers to your workplace for day-long engaging events.
WEEKLY HEALTH & WELLNESS TIPS
Each week a topic is carefully selected and communicated to the City of La Crosse employees as "food for thought." Topics ranging from good hand washing to hunter's safety are presented to offer tenants educational information from all aspects of the wellness spectrum.
COMPENSATED WELLNESS TIME
Active employees are allowed up to three (3) hours of paid time per week for RCW sponsored wellness activities, as well as additional hours on your own time. This will not incur overtime. You may use paid time in conjunction with your lunch hour, but you may not use more than 1.5 hours of paid time per day up to a maximum of three hours per week. You are required to coordinate wellness hours with your Department Head/Manager to make sure staffing is adequate during your absence. Department Heads/Managers will do their best to accommodate your request.
As a participant, you will have access to the following RCW wellness activities/facilities:
Belle Square Wellness Complex and Classes
Alternative Therapies at modest additional cost
Brown Bag Lunches
Tobacco Cessation Program (nicotine replacement provided by city’s medical benefit plan)
Weekly Wellness Tips
Friday Fit Bit Emails
Whether you need certification for work, school, or just want to learn it because you want to protect your loved ones at home, this is your opportunity to learn to act quickly, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if necessary, and save a life. It’s more than just chest compressions. Learn to offer help to those who are choking, as well as CPR for adults, infants, and children. RCW offers the American Heart Association Heartsaver or Healthcare Provider CPR certification course. These classes are held monthly in the RCW Fitness Facility, and are open to all Riverside Center employees and their families, as well as those in the community needing or desiring CPR certification.
The cost is $40 per participant. Please visit the Upcoming Events section on the homepage or the below link for course availability. The course is held in Riverside Center South Fitness Facility, second floor. Payment must be made by check to the course instructor Russell Van Riper at least 24 hours before the course at the fitness facility to reserve your place. Contact Michelle Pless with questions.
Fit Kids is a great opportunity for you to leave your children ages three to ten with a health and wellness professional for two hours, from 9 - 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning. You kids will have fun while learning about nutrition, having a healthy snack, and burning off some energy in a planned fitness activity. It’s an opportunity for you as parents to spend some time in the fitness facility, go out for a walk in the park, or get some stress-relieving “down time.” Contact Michelle Gilbertson at to register your child, and complete the necessary forms prior to your child’s first visit.
RCW registered dietitian Jordan Murray offers individual nutrition counseling and group-based “Nutrition University” education classes to city employees and their family members at no cost.
Jordan is able to address a wide variety of topics and concerns for clients. His flexible approach allows for individualized recommendations and he will work with each client to seek out solutions that are realistic and sustainable for each person’s unique needs and lifestyle.
Common topics include weight loss, diabetes management, elevated blood cholesterol, disordered or emotional eating, sports nutrition, anemia, celiac disease, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, pregnancy, and cooking for a family. These can be addressed on an individual basis in person, over the telephone, or via video conferencing. The “Nutrition University” series also covers many of these topics and may be offered at the RCW Fitness Center or via video conferencing.
Jordan also offers a Nutrition Book Club, which gives members the opportunity to read and discuss books that pertain to nutrition and wellness in a group setting with the perspective of a nutrition professional. Although book club selections are ultimately made by the dietitian, members are encouraged to make recommendations for which books are selected. Members are given 4-6 weeks to read each book before a meeting is scheduled for group discussion. Members are not required to read each book to maintain membership, and may attend meetings for books they have not read. Membership for the book club is free for qualifying RCW clients, and clients may simply contact Jordan to join. Past selections for the book club include Intuitive Eating, In Defense of Food, and The Blue Zones.
Additional offerings such as cooking classes and grocery store tours may be periodically offered as part of RCW’s nutrition services.
DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
The physical dimension recognizes your need for regular physical monitoring and activity. Learning in this dimension focuses on diet and nutrition and discourages the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive use of alcohol. Health and wellness are possible when adequate exercise and sound eating habits are combined. Safely and efficiently building or maintaining your physical strength, flexibility and endurance are also important.
This dimension also includes personal responsibility for medical self-care of minor illness, and the appropriate use of medical services. By monitoring your own health and understanding the warning signs, the relationship between nutrition, exercise, and performance is easier to understand and appreciate. Looking and feeling well most often lead to the mental benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.
The intellectual dimension recognizes your participation in creative and mind-stimulating activities. Intellectual and cultural learning activities at work and in the community are motivating and important to overall wellness.
In this dimension, you explore issues related to problem solving, creativity, and learning. You’ll cherish the time you spend staying well-informed, pursuing personal interests and reading books, magazines, and newspapers. As you expands your knowledge and skills, you discover how to share your priceless gifts with others.
The occupational/financial dimension recognizes the satisfaction you feel in your life through work and your sense of wellness centers on your attitude while at work and your sense of personal enrichment.
In this dimension, you contribute your unique gifts, skills and talents to your work. Work becomes both personally meaningful and rewarding. You’ll convey your values through your involvement in activities that are gratifying for you.
The social/environmental dimension encourages you to contribute to your environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and nature. With wellness in this dimension, you increase your awareness of your importance in society as well as the impact you have on multiple environments.
In this dimension, you personally take an active part in improving our world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around you. You actively seek ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature as you discover the power to make willful choices to enhance personal relationships and important friendships. Wellness in this dimension builds better living spaces and community.
The mental/emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance of your feelings. Emotional wellness is the degree to which you feel positive and enthusiastic about yourself and life. It includes the capacity to manage your feelings and behaviors including a realistic assessment of your limitations, autonomy, and your ability to cope effectively with stress.
In this dimension, as a well person, you maintain satisfying relationships with others. Acceptance and awareness of a wide range of feelings in yourself and others is essential. Expressing feelings freely and managing these feelings effectively is vital as you arrive at your personal choices and decisions.
Emotional wellness is based upon a synthesis of your feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior. A well person lives and works independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others. You’ll be able to form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect. You’ll take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy.
The spiritual dimension recognizes your search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe.
This dimension’s wellness is characterized by a peaceful harmony between your internal feelings and emotions, and the rough or rugged stretches you experience in your life. Often you may experience feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment and dislocation. There is also pleasure, joy, happiness and discovery. These are all important parts of your search, displayed in the value system that you adopt to bring meaning to your existence.
Source: National Wellness Institute, http://www.nationalwellness.org/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Rethinking Drinking-Alcohol and your health
Aim for a Healthy Weight
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
USDA My Plate Resource
Health.gov-Your Portal to Health Information from the U.S. Government
Men’s Health Resource
Women’s Health Resource
Kids’ Health Resource
Caregiver Action Network
Campaign to Change Direction
Health & Education
Mental, Emotional and Social Health