September 2020, Volume 3, Number 1
Upcoming Wellness Events
Thursday, October 1
Flu Clinic - Oakdale High School
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, October 1
Keep Calm and Carry On Webinar Presented by INOVA
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Medicare Webinar Presented by VOYA
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 11
Virtual Paint Class with Hot Fired Arts
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Cash Management Webinar Presented by VALIC
Debt Management Webinar Presented by PlanMember Services
Saturday, October 17
In-Studio Paint Class at Hot Fired Arts
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 18
Virtual Cooking Class with The Kitchen Cooking Studio
Monday, October 19
MSRA Pre-Retirement Planning Webinar (Part I)
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 20
MSRA Pre-Retirement Planning Webinar (Part II)
Taking Advantage of Your Employer's Retirement Plan Webinar Presented by PlanMember Services
Retirement Pathfinder Webinar Presented by VALIC
Social Security and Your Retirement Webinar Presented by VALIC
Retirement Income Strategies Webinar Presented by VALIC
Health for the Holidays Challenge
Saturday, December 12
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 13
Your CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) wellness program can help you live a healthier life, reach your wellness goals and earn rewards.
Whether you want to manage stress, quit smoking or track your steps, this program, brought to you in partnership with Sharecare, Inc.,* delivers a wealth of resources customized to your interests and needs. Best of all, you can access your program anytime, anywhere.
Earn up to $100
The Blue Rewards incentive program is available to all Frederick County Public Schools employees and their spouses enrolled in the CareFirst medical plan. You can each earn up to $100! Whether you complete one activity or both, you get rewarded. Ready to start earning? Complete these activities before December 28, 2020.
Earn $50 - Consent to receive wellness emails and take the RealAge test
Earn $50 - Select a primary care provider
Specialized programs for extra support
The following programs are included with your wellness program to help you achieve specific wellness goals.
Log in today to start earning. If you don't already have a Sharecare account, visit www.carefirst.com/sharecare. You'll need to enter your CareFirst My Account username and password and complete the one-time registration with Sharecare to link your CareFirst account information. This will help personalize your experience.
Deals4U is an employee discount program especially for Frederick County Public Schools employees and retirees that provides online access to discounts and deals on products and services from national, regional and local merchants. (Think Target, Peapod, Regal Theatres, HP and more!) The Web-based program is administered by PerkSpot, a company that manages employee discount programs for a wide range of business and organizations across the country.
To take advantage of Deals4U, simply create an online account at deals4u.perkspot.com using your personal (not work) e-mail address. Then enter FCPS (if prompted for a code), and create and enter a password. You will then receive confirmation and log-in instructions. After logging in you have access to all the discount offers available to FCPS employees. (If you log in to Deals4U from your work computer, access to some vendors may be restricted for internet security reasons.)
Fight the Flu! It's that time of year and FCPS is here to make it easier for you. Get vaccinated and protect yourself and those around you.
Tuesday, October 6
Catoctin High School
Tuesday, October 13
Brunswick High School
Thursday, October 15
Middletown High School
This event is for FCPS staff only.
Rite Aid is accepting all insurance plans except for Kaiser Permanente. You may owe a co-pay depending on your insurance coverage. Flu shots is covered for all CareFirst BCBS members.
Click here for immunization information.
Keep Calm and Carry On Webinar
INOVA, our EAP provider, is hosting "Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure During the Coronavirus Outbreak" webinar on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. The session will discuss the following:
Click here to register.
Mid-Day Movement Breaks
Did you know that a mid-day movement break can increase mood, energy, and productivity and it can decrease stress? Consider participating in one of the scheduled virtual sessions for a mid-day movement break to enjoy a short stretch, mindful minute, and deep breathing exercise. If interested, please click here to register. Sessions will be held every weekday from Monday, September 14th to Friday, January 29th at 12pm or at 12:30pm except on days schools are closed for staff.
Painting a Path to Wellness
Nutrition and exercise seem to be the buzz words for being healthy and maintaining mental wellness. Other advice includes having a good sleep routine, practicing relaxation, and having a good social network. Are you looking for something else to add to your toolbox? Why not try the arts?
The act of being creative is the key and it can help decrease everyday stress and anxieties. Participating in the arts can also help with depression, increase positive emotions and, in some cases, even improve immune system functioning. And, if you create art within a group setting, you can form supportive relationships and friendships. Creativity is increasingly being validated as a potent mind-body approach to address a variety of challenges. Why not give it a try?
FCPS has partnered with Hot Fired Arts in offering a monthly paint classes. See wellness events calendar for scheduled paint classes. Registration password is FCPS2020.
Virtual Fitness Class
As we begin the new school year, it's the perfect time to get back on track with your health and wellness goals by including physical activity onto your daily routine. FCPS Wellness has scheduled FREE virtual fitness classes for FCPS employees. If interested, please click on the name of the class to register. Sessions will be held from Monday, September 14th to Friday, January 29th. Virtual fitness classes will not be held on days schools are closed for staff, but classes will be recorded and are available for registered participants to access at their own convenience.
Cardio Kickboxing: Monday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
This fast-paced cardio combines martial arts techniques that builds stamina, improves coordination and flexibility, and burns calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout. This high-energy workout challenges the beginner and elite athlete alike.
Zumba: Tuesday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
A fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training - alternating fast and slow rhythms - to help improve cardiovascular fitness.
Hatha Yoga: Wednesday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
A gentle yoga that focuses on static poses that is to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body.
Bang!: Thursday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
An urban-inspired mixed fitness class. A fusion of boxing, aerobics, intervals, hip hop, world dance, and body weight training - this class will take your workout to a whole new "banging" level!
FUNctional Fitness: Friday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
A combination of high intensity cardio & strength training that is great for all fitness levels.
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The FCPS Wellness Newsletter is published monthly August-May by FCPS Human Resources, 191 S. East St., Frederick, MD 21701.
Brief information, subject to edits, and captioned photos for possible inclusion are due to Phoebe.Barreto@fcps.org by the 15th of the month. For more information: 301-644-5085.