As one of the Top Workplaces within the Philadelphia region according to Philly.com, Liberty Lutheran offers a number of opportunities for personal and professional growth. As a leader in senior care and community outreach, Liberty Lutheran continues to invest in the health and wellbeing of its employees.

Liberty Wellness Works encourages employees to stay healthy by offering a monetary bonus program that awards up to $350 per year for meeting preventive health care requirements and wellness goals. Employees can earn points by taking part in monthly challenges, joining a fitness center or Liberty’s own Becoming Center, receiving annual physicals and screenings, and more. When an employee gains enough points, he/she can redeem them for a cash reward on a dollar-per-point basis.

Rebecca DiTore, Wellness Program Coordinator for Liberty Lutheran, oversees Liberty Wellness Works. “The commitment Liberty shows to the wellbeing of each employee is spectacular,” said Rebecca. “Liberty offers a 24/7 online health portal with a personalized health activity tracker and self-help modules, monthly wellness challenges, healthy cooking demonstrations, stress reduction workshops, and on-site preventive health screenings.”

Liberty employees are also encouraged to workout at the fitness centers at Paul’s Run, the Manor at York Town and the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center. For a more structured fitness regime, employees can join the Becoming Center at a discounted rate.

To start 2018 off right, Rebecca shared Five Goals for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  1. Make your New Year goals SMART. SMART stands for: specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. If your overall goal is to lose weight this year, your SMART goals will be the smaller steps that you take to lose that weight. For example, I will go to the gym 3x/week for 30 minutes after work. Once you determine your goals, write them down and keep them somewhere you will see daily!
  2. Practice mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. All you need is 5 minutes to begin. This is a time to quiet your mind of scattered thoughts and worries and instead, improve focus and awareness. Use those 5 minutes to focus on your breath. Every time your mind wanders, acknowledge your thoughts and then refocus on your breath again.  The more you practice, the less your mind will wander.
  3. Pick plant foods over processed foods. Cut back on processed and packaged. Instead, prioritize the produce aisle this year. Different fruits and vegetables provide different disease-fighting nutrients so it’s important to eat a wide variety of colors daily!
  4. Get more sleep. Shoot for about 7-8 hours of sleep each night and try to maintain a regular sleep/wake schedule. Getting enough restful sleep can help with weight management and improve brain function while a deficiency in sleep may increase your risk of chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

  5. Get up to date on preventive screenings and check-ups. If you’ve been putting off that colonoscopy or mammogram, call your doctor and make an appointment early in the year. In addition to eating healthy, exercising, managing stress and getting enough sleep, having regular conversations with your doctor and staying up to date on preventive screenings are necessary for overall health and well-being!

Liberty Wellness works will present several exciting changes in 2018. Highlights include an updated and improved web portal, a new structure for earning bonuses, and more team challenges to encourage employees to work together for better health.

You can find more information about Liberty Wellness Works at https://www.libertylutheran.org/employee-wellness. To learn more about the benefits of working for Liberty Lutheran visit Libertylutheran.org/careers.

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