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Charlotte County Fitness and Pools 

In an effort to support employees and their personal wellness, Charlotte County Government, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector employees now have FREE access to these fitness programs and amenities at Charlotte County recreation centers and pools. The Rec Centers and Pools are open for business with reduced occupancy:
  • FREE pool admissions
  • FREE drop-in gymnasium programs
  • FREE aquatic exercise programs
  • FREE Fitness Center admissions

Only valid for Charlotte County Government, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector employees, must present badge at facility to be granted free access during operating hours. To see more about recreation centers and pools click:

 Aquatic Facilities & Programs | Charlotte County, FL.

The pools at Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park, Centennial Park, Port Charlotte Beach Park and South County Regional Park are open with restrictions on the number of patrons allowed. Pool patrons must make a reservation for one-hour blocks of lap swimming or water aerobics classes and two-hour blocks of recreational swimming will be available by reservation. Participants may only register and attend one (1) water aerobics class per day due to the modified class capacities. No walk-ins allowed. Splash pads and diving boards remain closed. Online reservations can only be made for the next day.

Exclusions include any classes lead by contracted instructors. You may participate in these classes at the regular fee.

As Community Services would say, "Let's all Get Up, Get Out, and Get Active."

View the flyer

 Wellness Calendar


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival

THE​ SARASOTA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

Come join us at the 2020 Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is 
taking place on May 16, 2020.

Wellness at Work pays for the registeration fee for the entire team. Employees, spouses, and 

adult dependents are eligible to participate. Our Viking team, will practice once and row in
three races over the course of the event. 

Interested in participating in future Dragon Boat Races? Please contact Stephanee Phillips, 
Wellness@CharlotteCountyFL.gov or Ellen Pinder, Ellen.Pinder@CharlotteCountyFL.gov


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May 11, 2019

(Kneeling L to R): Jessica Benson, Janet Lemesis, Diane Quilty, Heather Maycock, Ellen Pinder, Brenda Sisk

(L to R): Sam Phillips, Xiaodong Lu, Jodi Sullivan, David McLaughlin, Julio Campos, Stephen Kipa, Sean Maycock, Karen Dorsett,  Rick Dorsett, Emily Ayers, Jill Turner, Brian English, Max Lopez

 ‭(Hidden)‬ DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

Did you know?

  • One in three adults has prediabetes, approximately 86 million Americans                     
  • In seniors, 51% have prediabetes
  • In Florida, over 6 million adults are unaware that they have prediabetes
  • Prediabetes often leads to diabetes, the leading cause of new cases of blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and amputations
  • Prediabetes increases the risk of cancer by 15%

The National Diabetes Prevention Program helps people with prediabetes reduce their disease risk by making small changes such as improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and managing stress -- all designed to help participants lose 5 to 7 % of their body weight. These small lifestyle changes may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes by 60%.

Even after ten years, those who participated in this national program had a 34% lower rate of type 2 diabetes, and 40% maintained their weight loss associated with the risk reduction. (Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse)

 Diabetes Prevention Program at the Health Department, 1100 Loveland Blvd, Port Charlotte, 5:30-6:30pm Charlotte County, FL.

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August 2019

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August 15th

August 22nd

September 2019

September 5th

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 Contact: Abbey Ellner at abbey.ellner@flhealth.gov or 941-624-7200 ext. 7261

SmartDollar

You work hard for your money, and you want to make the most of it.

The problem's that most people have never been taught personal finance. We do the best we can, but we aren't always 100% sure we've made the right financial choices.

That's why there's SmartDollar. SmartDollar is an online program designed to help people just like you. It's a 100% online, confidential and self paced. It's also free for you to use as part of your benefits package.

 When you create an account, you'll get access to tons of great content and tools, and you'll learn from three best-selling authors in personal finance, including Dave Ramsey. Through a series of entertaining video lessons, you'll learn personal finance for every stage of life. You'll also have premium access to the world's best online budgeting tool, EveryDollar. 

Contact Stephanee.Phillips@CharlotteCountyFL.gov, if interested in the program. 


How long will it take to use SmartDollar?

SmartDollar is a completely self-paced program. In addition to the main video lessons, there are hundreds of supplemental video and audio clips ranging in length from two minutes to 30 minutes. You can spend as much or as little time as you would like exploring this content.

 

In addition to educational material, your SmartDollar account includes premium access to EveryDollar, the world's best online budgeting tool (a $99/year value). EveryDollar allows you to link your bank accounts and your budget, helping you plan your spending and reach your financial goals faster. EveryDollar can be used daily, weekly or whenever you choose.

 

Can I sign my spouse or children up for SmartDollar?

No. Each employee may only create one (1) SmartDollar account. However, we want you to go through SmartDollar with your spouse, so sharing your account with your household is encouraged.

 

What do I do if I need technical support for SmartDollar?

SmartDollar technical support group is always available to help you. Simply contact them here: https://www.smartdollar.com/app/help-center/new

 

Can I purchase SmartDollar outside of work?

SmartDollar is 100% free for you to use as part of our wellness benefits package. It is not available for individual purchase. Comparable programs cost more than $100/year if purchased by an individual. 

Workplace Money Coach – Financial Wellness Workshop 

4 weeks - one hour sessions: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 via Team's meeting at 12 noon

  • Week 1: Create your vision of financial success
  • Week 2: Develop your financial plan
  • Week 3: Analyze your spending
  • Week 4: Build wealth and live your best life

 Sign-up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkplaceMoneyCoach

Free workshop. Maximum participants of 30. Paid by Wellness at Work 

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Charlotte County Step Challenge -

Win Cash Prizes for Walking!

 Challenge is available to ALL employees (full-time, part-time, temp), spouses and adult dependents (18+) regardless of insurance coverage. The challenge will consist of only Charlotte County employees, spouses, and adult dependents.

How Do I Win:

  • WIN money for increasing your daily steps.
  • SIGN UP online or on HealthyWage's mobile app and connect your step tracker to calculate your goal.
  • Increase your daily average steps by 25% or more in 60 days and get paid.
  • Participants typically win $100 - $130.

How It Works:

  • Each participant pays $70 into the pot.
  • EVERY PARTICIPANT WHO HITS THEIR STEP GOAL WINS!
  • Winners split the pot.
  • Your step goal is a 25% increase over your current media step count. Step tracking devices compatible with HealthyWage: Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health and Google Fit (most participants use their smartphone to track their steps).

The challenge starts on December 1, 2019 and ends January 29, 2020.

Register online for only $35/month for 2 months ($70).

Click link to sign-up:www.healthywage.com/steps/charlottecounty

Questions?

Contact HealthyWage at info@healthywage.com or 888.636.3832

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Coming Soon - Financial Wellness Pilot Program: 
SmartDollar by Dave Ramsey ​

Over the past 25 years, Dave Ramsey and his team have helped millions of people change the way they handle money. 
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With SmartDollar, employees will learn to: 
• Get on a budget
• Build emergency savings
• Pay off debt 
• Buy a home and pay for college 
• Protect their assets 
• Invest for the future

Are you interest in SmartDollar by Dave Ramsey? Please fill out the interest survey by clicking the link:

 ‭(Hidden)‬ BABCOCK RANCH DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

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UPDATE: BABCOCK RANCH DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Babcock Ranch is the nation's first solar-powered community with an emphasis on
outdoor activities for the whole family. The Viking team race on Lake Babcock on Saturday, September 22nd. End result, the Vikings took 3rd place. Way to go, Vikings!

Wellness at Work has a $25 incentive gift card for each participate (employee and/or spouse) on the County's Insurance.

 For more information, check out the website at
www.BabcockRanchDragonBoatFestival.com

How to Use Peerfit Video

 ‭(Hidden)‬ $10,000 Team Challenge

Transform Your Health with

 

What to Know:

  • SIGN UP online or on HealthyWage's mobile app.
  • Create a team of 5 coworkers, friends and/or family members. Don't have a team? No problem – HealthyWage will match you up with one!
  • Compete against other teams from fellow Southwest Florida organizations to lose the greatest percentage of weight in 12 weeks to win the GRAND PRIZE of $10,000!
  • Enjoy fun and interactive mini-challenges like "Smart Swap" and "Get Active" to collect achievement ribbons and earn cash prizes!
  • Not looking to lose weight but want to participate? Register as a team cheerleader for free and support for your five teammates (limit one cheerleader per team). If you're on a winning team, you'll win an equal share of the cash prize!

Win:

  • $10,000 for 1st place
  • $5,000 for 2nd place
  • $3,000 for 3rd place
  • Plus, MORE cash prizes for collecting achievement ribbons AND additional prizes from Charlotte County!

Bonus:

  • Earn back your regist ration fee by achieving an individual weight loss of 10% or more in 9 months!

 

The challenge starts on January 18, 2019 and ends April 12, 2019.

Register online for $25/month for 3 months ($75).

SIGN UP    

Questions?

Contact HealthyWage at info@healthywage.com or 888.636.3832

  

2018 $10,000 winners: Charlotte County "Team Oompa Loompa's"

2017 years winners: SW FL 2017 winners

March to Fitness challenge

About the Challenge

Choose to walk, run, bike or swim — whatever physical activity you choose to be active. Do the activity for 20 minutes a day, every day, and join your co-workers and friends in being fit and healthy. Each time you achieve the 20-minute goal, you'll be eligible for donation rewards to the charity of your choice! Participants can also contribute too.

*Even though the challenge starts on March 1st, we want all Charlotte County employees to have plenty of time to sign up and join the challenge and download the app beforehand. NOTE: Your activities recorded in the app from March 1 and onward only will be considered towards the challenge goal.

  1. From your SMARTPHONE ONLY, TAP on the Challenge Sign-Up Smart Link: https://givhero.page.link/march-to-fitness-ccf.


  1. You will then be prompted to download Givhero's free App.

 

Download the App and Sign up using your Charlotte County Email address (@charlottecountyfl.gov, @ca.cjis20.org, @flypgd.com, @regionalwater.org, @charlotteclerk.com, @charlottevotes.com) and accept the March to Fitness challenge.

Check out this short video!


Don't have a fitness tracker?

You DO NOT need a fitness tracker or wearable to participate. You can use your smartphone along with a free App such as Apple Health for iOS, Google Fit for Android, Strava, etc. If that doesn't work, you can also input your Steps manually in the Givhero app.

Can I see my fellow colleagues' progress? Can anyone see my progress?

Yes. In the Givhero app tap on Challenges and tap the March to Fitness challenge. You can even search for your colleagues by entering their name at the top of the leaderboard screen.

Reminder: You MUST tap on the Challenge Sign-Up Smart Link from your SMARTPHONE to join the challenge. When accessed from a smartphone/mobile phone, the Smart Link allows you to download the app, sign up and accept the challenge. When accessed from the desktop, the link will take you to the leaderboard, however, you will not be able to join the challenge this way. If you need to join the challenge on your desktop, contact support@givhero.com.

Email Validation: After completing sign up, you may receive an email from Givhero to validate your email address but please note email validation is not required.

For all technical questions throughout the challenge, please contact Givhero: email Givhero directly at support@givhero.com or email from the Givhero app by tapping More >> Support at the bottom of your screen or visit our FAQ page www.givhero.com/faq.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Make Fitness Fun Challenge

​Make Fitness Fun Challenge:

This eight-week program is designed to teach you simple
ways to get fit and have fun doing them. Choose activities
you enjoy doing and do each one for at least 10 minutes.
Be sure to record your physical activity every day. While
you complete your physical activity, snap a photo of

yourself to be entered into the photo drawing.

Your ultimate goal? 700 minutes of moderate exercise by
the end of the eight-week challenge.

Tracking sheet: Make Fitness Fun 

Challenge begins Aug. 26, 2019, and ends Oct. 14, 2019.

$50 prizes will be award to six participants: three
from tracking sheet drawings and three from photo
submission drawings. Email tracking sheets and photos
to Wellness@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Amerithon

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What is Amerithon?

 Fun virtual race where you accumulate miles as you run, walk,
bike, swim, hike, or even pogo stick. Complete the challenge without ever leaving your neighborhood!

Complete your miles individually or on a TEAM of up to 8 people
- INSPIRE your friends to take the challenge with you!

Who: Anyone can participant

What: Virtual Race

When: Anytime from now to over the course of the year

Where: Anywhere

How much: $25-$70 packages

Upon completion of the Amerithon Challenge, Wellness at Work
has a $25 incentive gift cards for each participate (employee
and/or spouse) on the County's Insurance.

You can Manually enter your miles in our tracker or sync your
FitBit, Garmin, or Strava account for automatic upload. Miles
earned running, walking, biking, swimming, etc. Count
whatever miles you cover exercising. 

The Medal

The Amerithon Challenge Medal is a 6 Piece Finisher Medal to
commemorate your journey across the United States.

Sign-up: https://amerithonchallenge.com/

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Wellness Programs:

• More freedom to enjoy delicious, satisfying foods.

• More possibilities to make the plan fit every lifestyle.

• More flexibility for days when you need it most.

• A whole new approach to enjoy food and live life like never before

Locations:

Thursdays-Justice Center- Clerk's Conference Room 12-1 pm

Attend at any Weight Watchers meeting locations

Wellness at Work:

pays 1/3 of the registeration ($52 off a 12 week series; 

$62 off a 17 week series)

Weight Watchers New "Freestyle" program

Interested in join? Please fill out: Registeration form

Send to Wellness@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

 

If you are not renewing, please cancel your Weight Watchers Etools resource:

14 weeks- Etools cancelation instructions

19 Weeks- Etools cancelation instructions

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Community Races:

American Heart Association Heart Walk
Saturday, February 9, 2019

More information coming soon.....

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ More Activities

For workout videos that you can customize the type of exercise, time,
and level, and be able to use virtually anywhere check out SparkPeople.TV.

 

Looking for fun, exciting activities happening in beautiful Charlotte County?
Check out the Weekly Happenings on the Charlotte County Tourism website
for great events, exhibits, festivals, outdoor adventures, and fitness activities.