Wellness Watch - June 2017

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Marion County Oregon

JUNE 2017

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Riverfront Park with the new pedestrian bridge to Minto-Brown Park in Salem.


As we move forward with our exploration of the Four Quadrants of Well-being, we need to remember that balance is important. That means committing some of our focus to each area, rather then completely focusing on one area. The person that is only physically well, is not well. The person that is only emotionally well, is not well. In the last issue we gained new tools to help us with our physical well-being. Moving forward as we explore the other areas, we will be adding tools to help us pursue optimal well-being.

Five Steps to Mental Well-being

Connect - connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Spend time developing these relationships.

Be active - you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or get your hands in the dirt of your backyard garden. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking class, start learning to play a musical instrument or figure out how to fix your bike?

Give to others - even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local food panty, can improve your mental well-being and help you build new social networks.

Be mindful - be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Types of Mental Health Problems

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Eating disorder
  • Co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Suicidal behavior

Cascade Centers (EAP) Resources

cascade centers

Cascade Centers administers the Employee Assistance Program for Marion County.  This is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service for employees and their family members to get help for a wide range of personal problems.

Through our partnership with Cascade Centers, you can receive assistance with concerns such as: depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, parenting, relationship issues, domestic violence, habit control, alcohol and chemical dependency issues, and more.

To access these services:

  • Call 1-800-433-2320 for individual counseling sessions or for Crisis Counseling
  • Visit E-Support, an online virtual session that answers questions and provides advice with problem resolution.
  • Live Video Support, provides advice customized to your situation, answer questions and assist you with problem resolution.
  • Webinars

Kaiser Permanente Resources


Kaiser Permanente offers many resources for members. If you are a member, make sure you REGISTER to gain access to the full quiver of resources.

KP offers a variety of resources related to Mental Well-being. A great place to start is with the Total Health Assessment, a simple online survey to give you a complete look at your health.

Members have many ways to utilize KP services:

  • Call or email your doctor
  • Make a non-urgent appointment online
  • Call to make an appointment for therapy and other counseling services: 855-632-8280
  • Call the KP Emergency psychiatric services: 1-866-453-3932
  • Talk to an advice nurse: 1-800-813-2000
  • Speak with a health coach for support or to explore options to meet your health goals: 1-866-301-3866
  • Visit KP's Behavioral Health Services website to learn about ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, dementia, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance use and more

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Resources


Regence BlueCross BlueShield offers many resources for members. If you are a member, REGISTER to gain access to the full quiver of resources.

Everyone has access to Mental Well-being articles on topics such as Mental health, relationships, sleep and stress.

When members register and sign-in, scroll down and click on 'Wellness Tools' to open up your personal health profile and gain access to the General Health Assessment, a full Health Library, and start earning your rewards.

Regence also offers free workshops related to Mental Well-being:

  • Introduction to Stress Management
  • Healthy Aging
  • Job Stress
  • Smoking Cessation
  • and more

Circle the Slough 5k Walk/Run


Saturday, June 17, 9am start

Minto-Brown Park

Join your fellow Marion County employees on a 5k walk/run around Oxbow Slough in Minto-Brown Park. This event is free for employees and their families. The top male and top female employees will earn their spot on the coveted Circle the Slough Trophy. Every participant will have their chance at one of many great raffle prizes.

CLICK HERE to get more information and to register.


The Bike More Challenge took place through the month of May. Participants logged either miles or minutes spent on their bikes during the month. For our first time participating we had some great numbers! We earned more points than many other employers in the Salem area. Marion County finished with 4,887 points which places us in 59th place out of 102 other 500+ employee businesses in the state.

Bike More Challenge 2017:

  • 871 organizations
  • 12,354 people
  • 1,667,249 miles
  • 222,774 trips

Kudos to Dawn Lehman from the Health Department for being the top point earner from Marion County.

Bike season has just begun, so get out and enjoy a safe and adventurous season of riding.