At Liberty Lutheran, the health and wellness of our residents, clients and staff is always a priority. Liberty Wellness Works (LWW) provides employees with numerous opportunities to improve both their physical and emotional health. In October, LWW introduced a “healthy incentive” program that rewards employees who complete a health risk assessment, develop an individual wellness plan with a wellness coach, demonstrate proof of an annual physical and participate in at least two wellness challenges, offered by LWW.
Kristi McEowen, an adoption case manager with Lutheran Children and Family Service was the first employee to successfully complete the healthy incentive program, fulfilling all of the requirements in just five months. “I didn’t want to put it off,” Kristi said.
Kristi participated in several wellness challenges including a heart health screening, completing a sleep diary, and “The Biggest Loser,” a competition among employees to see who could lose the most weight. “The Biggest Loser was definitely the greatest motivator,” Kristi said. “I changed a lot of my eating habits.”
Before participating in LWW programs, it was difficult for Kristi to find the motivation to go to the gym. Now, she works out at the gym six to seven times a week. “The wellness program really offers you that motivation,” Kristi said. “I have more energy and am able to do more now. I’m also fitting into different clothes!”
Another one of Kristi’s wellness goals is to take more time for herself. “It’s not always easy, but our wellness coaches John and Kelli are great sources of support,” she said. “I’m so happy that we created this program. It’s great to have that support.”