|The purpose of wellness promotion is to improve the health and well-being of Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) employees’ lives through health education and workplace health promotion activities that will support positive lifestyle changes.
"Wellness" can cover many things. DOC is focusing on: Physical Fitness, Nutrition, Mental Health & Stress Reduction, Chronic Disease Management, Financial Security, Disease & Injury Prevention, Generational Workforce Issues, Family Health, and Care Giver & Elderly Concerns.
This Web site is provided as a resource for local functional unit Wellness Committees and employees. Click on the links below for more information:
DOC is providing informational links on this page to help improve the wellness of DOC staff. We recommend you consult with your personal physician before adopting any changes in your diet or exercise habits. Also, DOC does not automatically endorse the content provided by links to other organizations or providers.
|In preparation for flu season, DAS has updated the influenza information on the Human Resource Services Division web page. The web page contains lots of useful information including information on influenza prevention, flu shot clinics, and an updated Q & A on workforce issues. The web page link: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/HR/flu.aspx.|
The strength and endurance gains of regular exercise make daily tasks easier on your body and if you look and feel better about yourself, you'll be more confident and have greater self-esteem. You not only might live longer if you exercise regularly, but also might live more years independently and with a better quality of life. Exercise helps strengthen your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, keeps bones and muscles strong, manages your weight, eases depression, manages pain and stress and helps you sleep better. What more incentive do you need?
Check out the following fitness links for motivation, advice, program discounts and self-assessment:
To find fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food in your local area, visit the Eat Well Guide
Check out the following links for nutritional guidelines, healthy recipes, weight control advice, and healthy cooking tips:
|Mental Health & Stress Reduction|
Stress management along with rest is a critical factor contributing towards our overall wellness and quality of life. Our mental and emotional health can have a direct affect upon our physical health and healing.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The employee Assistance Program is a FREE and confidential benefit that can assist you and your eligible family members with any personal problems, large or small, such as: marital conflict, interpersonal relationships, work conflicts, anxiety or depression, career changes, stress management, family relationships, grief, and alcohol or drug abuse.
Check out the following links for information on self-assessment, anger management, substance and domestic abuse issues, employee assistance programs and other mental health information and resources:
Information, tools and advice on protecting your identity, credit and debt, wills, savings plans, financial planning and trusts (also see Public Employee Benefits).
Check out the following links and documents for money saving ideas and future planning:
Cascade Centers Incorporated offers financial and legal benefits, which means that we, as DOC employees, have a free financial or legal consultation. All we need to do is call Cascade Centers office at 503-639-4254 and make an appointment. DOC employees also have full access to a legal and financial library through the Cascade Centers Web site. Below are some various handouts that can assist you in planning and budgeting:
|Caregiver & Elderly Concerns|
As adults we may take on dual roles in our families, as not only parents to our children, but caregivers to our parents. As such, we can be faced with unique stresses and decisions. These links provide information and resources in dealing with this role (see also Family Health).
*Family Caregiver Alliance assists families with the following subjects: Assisted living, Dementia, Controlling frustration, Medications, Depression, Holding a Family Meeting, Work and Eldercare, End of Life Choices, Grief and Loss, Hiring In-Home help, Support groups, Self Care for Caregivers and Legal issues.
**The State of Oregon site contains: Long-term care guides, food and financial help, At Risk driver information, Health and Medical information, Legal Issues, Respite Care, and community support programs.
|Chronic Disease Management|
Get help making treatment decisions, understanding the effects of treatment, coping with side effects, learning techniques to help manage chronic conditions. Examples of chronic illness or conditions are: Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Diabetes, Asthma, Heart Disease, Arthritis or Depression.
Check out the following links for helpful resources in managing chronic illness:
|Disease & Injury Prevention|
Disease and injury impacts more than the person who is ill. It also impacts family, co-workers and friends as well. It thwarts our abilities, our finances and our dreams. In its essence, prevention is an act of caring.
Check out the following links and documents for resources to aid employees in preventing personal injury and maintaining their health:
Flu and Communicable Disease Prevention
Information on Child/Teen/Adult and Senior Health Issues, children's emotional health, parenting, safety tips, and family activities.
Senior Health Topics
General Family Topics
|Generational Workforce Issues|
"Every generation is influenced by its period's economic, political and social events, so it follows that generational context also may affect the way they work....A lack of understanding across generations can have detrimental effects on communication and working relationships and undermine effective services." (from APA article)
The following resources explore these differences and provide tools for understanding: