Wellness Watch - July 2017

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Marion County Oregon

JULY 2017


Fastest Employees - Circle the Slough 5k - June 17, 2017

Click here for Overall Results


Fastest Female Employee: Roxanne Flemming. Roxanne works at Public Works in Administrative Services. She has been with Marion County since November. Roxanne's next run is the Freakin Fast Marathon in Idaho and hopes that'll be her first completed marathon. Her first concert was Styx, burritos are her favorite food and her favorite cartoon character is Tina from Bob's Burgers. Roxanne loves to run, climb, crochet and play video games.


Fastest Male Employee: Tony Lagler. Tony works in the Sheriff's Office as Judicial Security and as an ORPAT Instructor. He has been with Marion County since November, 1993. The Grinch is his favorite cartoon character and lasagna is his favorite food. Journey was the first concert he went to. Tony enjoys hiking, basketball and going to OSU sporting events. Tony's next run is the Special Olympics Torch Run on July 6.


You have been invited to Columbia's Employee Store from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 23. Bring up to four guests each time you visit.
Requirements for Access: Bring a printed version of the invite or show on a digital device. A work ID in the form of a business or membership card, badge, pay-stub, uniform or signature of work email. A piece of personal photo ID. More details can be found on THE INVITATION.

Marion County Park BINGO Challenge


During the months of July, August and September, visit the various Marion County Parks and you could be entered into a drawing to win some cool & awesome prizes!

- Visit a park on the Bingo Card
- Take a selfie with you and the park sign
- Mark that off on your bingo card
- CLICK HERE for more information

Emotional Well-being offers:

  • An ability to adapt to change
  • A sense of purpose
  • A feeling of completeness and contentment
  • The ability to create fulfilling relationships
  • A feeling of self-confidence and positive self-esteem
  • The ability to have fun and enjoy yourself
  • Resiliency in the face of difficulties
  • Act independently to meet his or her own need

5 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Well-being

To improve your emotional health, you first must try to recognize your emotions and understand what may be triggering them. Sorting out the causes of sadness, stress and anxiety in your life can help you manage your emotional health. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Express your feelings in appropriate ways. If feelings of stress, sadness or anxiety are causing physical problems., keeping feelings bottled up can make you feel worse. It may be helpful to reach out and ask someone outside the situation - such as your EAP counselor, a family doctor, a friend or religious advisor - for support and advice to help you improve your emotional health.
  2. Look for balance. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school, or home that could lead to negative feelings. Instead, focus on the positive things in your life and make time for the things you enjoy. You may want to use a journal to keep track of things that make you feel happy or peaceful. Try to write every evening before you go to sleep. You may just get a better night's rest.
  3. Develop resilience. People with resilience are able to cope with stress in healthy ways. Resilience can be learned and strengthened with different strategies, such as accepting change, keeping things in perspective, maintain a positive view of yourself, and more.
  4. Calm your mind and body. Relaxation methods - such as meditation - are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. Meditation can take many forms. For example, you may come to a meditative state quietly sitting on your own, following a meditation guide, while stretching or simply breathing deeply.
  5. Take good care of yourself. Physical health is a big contributor to emotional health. To keep your stress levels low, try practicing the following routine: Get regular physical activity to relieve pent-up tensions, eat healthy meals that give you good nutrition, and get quality sleep. Also, try to avoid overeating and consuming too much alcohol.

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.

Cascade Centers supports all quadrants of well-being. Call 24x7x365 for support of your Emotional Well-being. 1-800-433-2320. You can also visit the EAP Resource page for more support.

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 believes emotional well-being is an important part of your total health. Use these tools to spot signs of depression, get a sense of how you handle stress, and understand how well you adapt to change.


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.

Once you are registered and logged-in, a variety of tools are able to be accessed. A great place to start is with the General Health Assessment. You can also access a 2-week Stress Management Workshop, 4-week Job Stress Workshop, and other resources that support emotional well-being.


  • Every Thursday - 7:30-9:30pm - Open Basketball at Salem YMCA