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Monday, April 21, 2014

Be Well

 

BeWell. It's a simple statement, but it says it all: City Schools wants you, our employees and most vital assets, to BeWell. Without you well and strong, we cannot build an entire system of great schools for all of our great kids.

What to look forward to the 2012-13 school year:

   - Continuation of another BeWell "all year" challenge (employees earn points towards a reduction in their medical premium) - more details and registration coming soon.

   - Another "movement" challenge. This year the prizes are big - $24,000 will be given away to three winning teams to a school of their choice to be used towards a wellness project they choose. and yes - the movement challenge will earn points in the all year challenge.

The kickoff for the movement challenge was on Saturday, October 6 - in conjuction with the StepOut Walk to stop Diabetes. The weather was gorgeous and there were 1700 people that participated. Hope you were one of them! 
Seminars and fitness classes
Check out the "Register for BeWell classes" section for more details. And yes - the classes earn you points in the all year challenge.
 
Congratulations to all for taking steps to improve your health & welfare and BeWell in the 2011/12  school year. We are proud to say that almost half of City Schools' organizations participated in some form of BeWell activity last school year. 
    
Looking to lose weight?
  1. Like tracking your progress on line? You can use Loseit for free - it's an app that allows you to log your meals and your exercise. check it out at www.loseit.com
  2. Athough the Weight Watchers group no longer meets at Corporate Headquarters you can still jion and access the corporate rate. Click n the Weight Watchers tab for more info.

Pedometer App

Did you know that there is an app that counts your steps, distance traveled and calories burned with each workout? CareFirst offers the "Ready, Step, Go!" app for free. To get the app (available for anyone who has an iPhone, iPod Touch or Droid smartphone) visit your favorite app store and search for "Ready, Step, Go!"
 
Illness Symptom App
All of City Schools medical plans offer a "symptom checker app".
Download the CareFirst iPhone app that you can use to check symptoms and get a suggested level of care. Just go to “View Social Media Wellness Resources” from the CareFirst home page.
Visit www.kp.org or download Kaisers' new app from Android Market on your Web-enabled phone or mobile device.
 
 
BeWell Newsletter
City Schools has launched BeWell NEWS - an electronic newsletter created just for you! We developed this newsletter to provide you with information, tips, and ideas for living a healthier lifestyle. You will find articles on general health, announcements and reminders of special programs and events, and resources where you can learn more. BeWell April 2013 Newsletter
Lastly, we want to hear what you do to BeWell. Send your BeWell story to us at BeWell@bcps.k12.md.us  You might see it featured on City Schools Inside or the BeWell web pages—and inspire others to stay fit and eat healthy.