Washington City employees have a good reason to become more physically active. In an effort to reduce the number of health insurance claims and keep insurance rates lower, Mayor Joe Wellman and a group of the employees have started City of Washington on the Move or CoW on the Moo’ve, an initiative to keep employees healthier.
The program will reward participants for exercising, having blood work completed, and attending health fairs among other things.
“For every 20 minutes of exercise, employees get one point. Those employees who earn 250 points between Oct. 1 and June 30, will be entered into a drawing for a prize,” said Anita Ash, utilities office manager. “Going to health fairs and wellness clinics will also get you one point.”
Prizes will also be awarded to employees who earn 25 points in each quarter. Each employee is given a logbook to keep track of the points earned. The first prize drawing will be held in early December.
While participation in the program is voluntary, Ash and Rob Hamm, of the wastewater department, said many of the city employees have started participating in some form of exercise or another.
Anytime Fitness and the Daviess County Family YMCA have partnered with the city to offer various membership options so employees can work out when time allows. Various classes and activities are also forming where employees go to exercise together.
For Ash and Hamm working out is a part of their daily lives.
Ash said she participates in a variety of activities including aqua zumba and yoga in addition to walking. “I also plan to start back up with a spinning class in November at the Y,” she said.
Hamm leads a group of walkers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at Eastside Park, lifts weights and works out at Anytime Fitness with some other employees.