Worksite Wellness

 

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NEWS: 2018 

New grant cycle for Wabasha County Worksite Wellness Collaborative 

Our first quarterly meeting of this grant cycle was held on December 11, 2017.  Our topic was healthy eating.  Our guest speaker was Sara George, Wabasha Farmers Market Manager, who spoke to the group about Farmer's Market Shares or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and about a food aggregation pilot being trialed in Wabasha, Lake City, and Cannon Falls.  CSA boxes were tested last year in Wabasha.  Participating employers signed up in February of 2017.  Wabasha County participated, said Tina Moen, SHIP Coordinator, and there was a nice assortment of product in the boxes which gave us the opportunity to eat healthy and many of us tried new foods.   

Sara is interested in sitting down with any member of the collaborative to talk about  individual programs related to bringing in farm-fresh produce.  Please contact her at wabashafm@gmail.com or 715-651-5046.

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Future topics for this grant cycle include Tobacco-Free Environments, Breastfeeding Support, and Physical Activity.  

Mini grant applications are due February 23, 2018.  Contact Tina Moen at tmoen@co.wabasha.mn.us or 651-565-5200 to learn how to become part of our collaborative and/or how to become eligible to apply for a grant.  

Coalition Members Include

Tina Moen (SHIP Coordinator/Facilitator)
Nicole La Chapelle (Technical Assistant Provider)
Johanna Majerus (Lake City Public Schools)
Marcia Schultz (Plainview-Elgin-Millville Schools District)
Lyn Wolf and Christina Stark (Wabasha County)
Paula Thompson (Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center)
Ramona Redig (Workforce Development)
Mary Dawn Umsted (Great River Homes)
Karen Pernu (Lakeside Foods)
Michael Harvey (Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District)
Sarah Venz (Fernbrook)
Heidi Nelson and Jacob Suckow (Mayo Care Center (Goodhue)
Jill Hayes (Immanuel Lutheran Churchand School-Plainview)

 

Healthy Eating at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center

The menus at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Health Care Center in Wabasha are bursting with flavor, brimming with color and teeming with freshness. A raised garden bed provides fresh herbs that go directly to patients, and beyond.

It began early in the year with construction of two raised beds by a team of volunteers at the hospital. It produced an array of fresh herbs and vegetables, and increased access to fresh foods for the hospital patients, staff and visitors.

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“We selected herbs as our first focus,” explained Paula Thompson, registered dietitian and director of Nutrition Services. “Our goal was to reduce sodium in many of our dishes and replace salt with healthier options. Basil, parsley, thyme, cilantro, rosemary, sage, dill, and tarragon which offer interesting and tasty alternatives.” They also grew cherry tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, peppers to be used in soups, hot dishes and other dinner favorites.

In 2017, there were more than 20,000 meals served using fresh produce and herbs from the garden, from patients to nursing home residents to visitors and staff ordering from the hospital café.  The reach for such a project was fantastic, as was the feedback. “Our staff picked garden goodies in the morning and we served these items at lunch or dinner time. The taste of garden- fresh produce cannot be beat,” said Paula.

Saint Elizabeth’s Wellness Garden was so successful that committee members are looking to apply for SHIP funds next year to expand the gardens and its bounty for all to enjoy.

In 2017, there were more than 20,000 meals served using fresh produce and herbs from the garden, from patients to nursing home residents to visitors and staff ordering from the hospital café.  The reach for such a project was fantastic, as was the feedback. “Our staff picked garden goodies in the morning and we served these items at lunch or dinner time. The taste of garden- fresh produce cannot be beat,” said Paula.

Saint Elizabeth’s Wellness Garden was so successful that committee members are looking to apply for SHIP funds next year to expand the gardens and its bounty for all to enjoy.

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NEWS: 2017 

Raised garden beds now at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

Raised gardens have now been constructed and are on campus for growing herbs to be used in Saint Elizabeth’s dietary kitchens. Raised garden beds will also contain potted plants and be placed at various campus locations. Efforts to promote healthy eating among associates, patients, residents, tenants and guests will continue to be a priority of the Saint Elizabeth’s Wellness Committee. Staff training will include growing, harvesting and cooking. Fresh, savory herbs grown onsite will substitute sodium used in many menu items. This project has been funded by Wabasha County SHIP.


Lactation suites open at Saint Elizabeth’s.

In April, Saint Elizabeth Medical Center held a grand opening tour featuring for their lactation suites in the Medical Center and Health Care Center. With funding support from Wabasha County SHIP, the suites provide nursing mothers a convenient, private, sanitary and comfortable space to express, collect and store breast milk.

Lactation suites are now open at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

Worksite Wellness Coalition Members
Nicole La Chapelle  (Technical Assistant Provider)
Tina Moen  (SHIP Coordinator/Facilitator)
Johanna Majerus  (Lake City Public Schools)
Marcia Schultz  (Plainview-Elgin-Millville Schools District)
Lyn Wolf and Christina Stark  (Wabasha County)
Paula Thompson  (Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center)
Cheryl Brindle  (Great River Homes)
Ramona Redig  (Workforce Development)
Andrea Chapman  (Lake City Chamber Executive Director)
Mary Amsted  (Great River Homes)
Karen Pernu  (Lakeside Foods)

Quarterly meetings topics to be covered during in this grant cycle include:

  • Breastfeeding Support

  • Physical Activity

  • Policies, Systems, Environmental Change and  Social Support

  • Stress Management

 
 
 

Worksite wellness continues.

Six partners from the previous round of SHIP have resumed with SHIP Worksite Wellness efforts, and one new recruit has joined with a total of 22 sites and a potential to reach 1,022 employees. A survey was conducted to determine the order of coalition priorities and the topic of the quarterly meetings. Topics include policy, systems, environment (PSE); stress management; physical activity, healthy eating; tobacco-free environments; and breast-feeding support. 

“Prior to the county joining the SHIP Wellness Coalition, we did not have a vision statement, a logo or any organized plan. We now have all of these and our plan has PSE goals and objectives that have helped give us positive direction. Thank you SHIP for helping us improve our wellness committee!”
- Judy Barton, Wabasha County Wellness Committee Chair