Wellness Watch - September 2017

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Marion County Oregon


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Total Solar Eclipse - August 21, 2017

Marion County Park BINGO Challenge


One month to go!!! Visit 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

open streets

Saturday, September 23. Open Streets Salem is a free community event that began as Salem Sunday Streets in 2013. By temporarily closing streets to automobile traffic and opening them to the public, OSS provides an atmostphere where neighbors can safely run, walk, roll, and play while interacting with a number of local business and activities along the route. Sponsored by Marion County Envrionmental Services as well as the City of Salem and other community partners.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Feet to the Street

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Marion County employees and their families

90 minutes of walking/running around Silverton, trying to stop at as many checkpoints as possible, and returning to the start/finish before penalty points are given. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Saturday, September 30
Maps at 10am, Start at 10:30am, Finish at Noon

Coolidge-McClain Park, Silverton

Get moving, meet other employees, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!

1. Build an Emergency Kit:

Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air.

Consider two kits. In one, put everything you will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away.

You'll need a gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Include in the kits a three day supply of non-perishable foods that are easy to store and prepare such as protein bars, dried fruit or canned foods. Be sure to include cloths that will keep you warm and dry. Also a sleeping bag for each member of the family.

basic kit

2. Make a Plan

Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation. Use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Develop a Family Communication Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. You may have trouble getting through, or the phone system may be down altogether, but be patient.

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the disaster, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and the information you are learning here to determine if there is immediate danger. Watch television and listen to the radio for official instructions as they become available.

3. Be Informed

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communication plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However there are significant differences among potential terrorist threats, such as biological, chemical, explosive, nuclear and radiological, which will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. By beginning a process of learning about these specific threats, you are preparing yourself to react in an emergency. Go to www.ready.gov to learn more about potential terrorist threats and other emergencies or call 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239).

Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Get ready now.

4. Get Involved

After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step and get involved in preparing your community. Join Citizen Corps, which actively involves citizens in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger and better prepared. We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns secure from emergencies of all kinds. Citizen Corps works hard to help people prepare, train and volunteer in their communities.

Marion County Resources

Cascade Centers (EAP) Resources

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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 spiritual 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
  • Flu Shot Clinics - Coming in October
  • Open Enrollment Fairs - Coming in October