January 2021, Volume 3, Number 5
Upcoming Wellness Events
Tuesday, February 2
Learn About 403(b) and 457(b) Retirement Savings Plan Webinar Presented by VOYA
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday, February 3
Addressing Long-Term Care Webinar Presented by Equitable
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday, February 4
Your Retirement Plan at Work Webinar Presented by VALIC
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday, February 5
Tuesday, February 9
Maryland State Pension Webinar Presented by PlanMember Services
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, February 13
Virtual Paint Class with Hot Fired Arts
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 14
In-Studio Paint Class with Hot Fired Arts
Tuesday, February 16
Understand Your Budget for the New Year Webinar Presented by VOYA
Wednesday, February 17
Enroll. Take Control of Your Future Today Webinar Presented by VALIC
Sunday, February 21
Virtual Cooking Class with The Kitchen Studio Cooking School
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday, February 26
Heart Health Webinar Presented by Frederick Health
Thursday, March 4
Retirement Income Strategies Webinar Presented by VALIC
Saturday, March 13
Sunday, March 14
Wednesday, March 17
Mammogram Screenings at Rose Hill
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 18
Thursday, March 25
Nutrition Webinar Presented by Frederick Health
Thursday, April 8
Social Security and Your Retirement Webinar Presented by VALIC
Monday, April 12
Spring Into Motion Challenge
Saturday, April 17
Sunday, April 18
Wednesday, April 21
Thursday, April 22
Breast Cancer Prevention Webinar Presented by Frederick Health
Thursday, May 6
Saturday, May 15
Sunday, May 16
Wednesday, May 19
Thursday, May 27
Mental Health Webinar Presented by Frederick Health
Wednesday, June 16
Thursday, June 24
Diabetes Prevention Webinar Presented by Frederick Health
Wednesday, September 15
Wednesday, December 15
New Year, New You and the Tools to help you!
The new year is a great time to revamp your fitness program or try something new! CareFirst members have access to free on demand yoga and a 12 week work out series through Sharecare!
Don’t forget about Blue365 for additional fitness related discounts! Find discounts on fitness gear, virtual fitness programs and more.
Weight Management and Nutrition
Proper nutrition can be difficult to figure out. There is a lot of information out there and the reality is nutrition is not one size fits all. If you are thinking about working on weight management in the new year, check out the Scale Back program in Sharecare.
Be part of a group, have 1:1 access with a registered dietician through the platform, track your food with real time feedback and get a FREE digital scale and Fitbit.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. – Benjamin Franklin
Stress is no different. Incorporating stress management tools into your daily routine can have huge ripple effects in other areas of your life and help us become more resilient when stressful situations occur. Check out Inspirations in Sharecare for breathing techniques, guided meditations, yoga, and much more.
Goal Setting for Success
As we come into the new year, we have a sense of rejuvenation and a fresh start. We begin to think about setting New Year’s Resolutions. One way to help set yourself up for success is setting goals, both short term and long term. Setting short term goals allows you to build on the new habit, making sure you have ways to sustain it, even when obstacles try to get in the way. Short term goals allow you to maintain that long term goal once you get there! When you set goals, be sure you are setting SMART goals. Setting SMART goals is one way to ensure you are setting yourself up for success!
Teamwork makes the dream work! Well, this statement applies to more than sports teams. The key factors in a team’s success are support and accountability. It is important to have connections that support your goals and will check in to see how things are going. Setting up regular check-ins with your accountability partners helps you stay on track, as well as keeps you connected to others in your life. Accountability partners check-in regularly to discuss both the successes and the difficulties you have experienced while working towards your goals.
There will be obstacles to your success when you set goals, it is life! Learning to navigate these obstacles is key. Having a “plan B” and some self-compassion will help you get back on the path when obstacles try to set you back. We can also learn from these obstacles to plan a more effective way of managing them in the future.
Every team has a coach. A coach is there to help guide the team to success by being supportive, facilitating practices to help the team see what is working & what isn’t, keeps the team moving forward towards their goal and celebrates their successes while learning from their losses.
A health coach is your personal coach. Someone who listens and helps you reflect on both your successes and your setbacks. Their goal is to see you succeed in your wellness journey. As a CareFirst member you have access to Health Coaches that are ready to be part of your team! There are a couple of ways to get started:
CareFirst Wellness Powered by Sharecare
Not signed up for the tool that will help you every step of your wellness journey. Sign up today at https://www.carefirst.com/sharecare/ and start exploring!
ComPsych - Employee Assistance Program
Effective January 1, 2021, ComPsych will be providing FCPS employee assistance services. The Employee Assistance Program is a FREE benefit provided and paid for by FCPS as a service and resource for employees and household members.
ComPsych offers the following services and resources:
For information or assistance, please call (800) 272-7255 or go online at guidanceresources.com (Web ID: FCPSMD). For hearing impaired, please call (800) 697-0353.
Looking for some great deals? Enroll in Deals4U! 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, Verizon, 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.
FCPS tries to target FindOutFirst emails only to those who have signed up for particular news groups or fall in certain categories. If you would like to receive Wellness email of upcoming events/activities and information, elect to receive Wellness email through your FOF account. To accomplish this, please log in to your FOF account at www.fcps.org/fof, select Menu, select Subscriptions, select FCPS news email you'd like to receive, and then select Save.
FCPS Hike for Wellness
FCPS Wellness is hosting a DIY FCPS Hike for Wellness Challenge. The goal is for each participant to visit at least eight State Parks in the country from now until May 31, 2021 to receive a prize. There are more than 10,000 State Parks for you to explore across the country, and each one presents its own unique opportunities for experiencing nature.
Registration is not required, but registered participants will receive an FCPS Hike For Wellness logo stickers and be on an e-mail distribution list regarding future scheduled group hikes. Click here to register.
Participants must share a picture at the park location via social media with #FCPSHikeForWellness
If participants does not have social media, you can e-mail a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos e-mailed will then be shared on our FCPS Wellness social media
So don't be afraid to lace up your boots and grab a walking stick and a buddy or two, the opportunities and benefits of hiking are waiting for you. All you have to do is go. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu
Let's Talk About Health Webinars
FCPS has partnered with Frederick Health to host monthly health webinars for FCPS employees and their family members. You have an opportunity to learn about up to date information and resources regarding specific topics. Attendees will receive a free gift, so don't miss out and register.
FCPS has partnered with Frederick Health to host quarterly mammogram screenings for FCPS employees. This is an exclusive time slot just for FCPS employees. Schedule your appointment today and receive a free gift at your appointment.
Screening Time: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Frederick Health - Rose Hill at 1562 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
To schedule your appointment, call (240) 566-3400 and identify yourself as an FCPS employee. Must have a doctor’s order to participate.
As an FCPS CareFirst member, routine screening mammograms are covered at 100% with $0 co-pay.
Mid-Day Movement Breaks
Did you know that a mid-day movement break can increase your mood, energy, and productivity and it can decrease your stress? Consider participating in one of the scheduled virtual sessions for a mid-day movement break doing some stretches, gentle yoga, and meditation. Sessions will be held every weekday (except on days schools are closed for staff) from Monday, February 1st to Friday, June 25th at 12pm, 12:30pm, and 1pm. Invest in yourself and take the time out of your busy day to participate in the mid-day movement break. If interested, please click here to register.
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?
Participating in the arts can help decrease everyday stress and anxieties and increase positive emotions. And if you create art within a group setting, you can form support relationships and friendships. Creativity is increasingly being validated as a potent mind-body approach to address a a variety of challenges. Why not give it a try?
FCPS has partnered with Hot Fired Arts in offering a monthly pain classes. Click here for scheduled paint classes. Registration password is FCPS2020.
Virtual Cooking Class
It's important to take good care of ourselves with healthy, filling, and easy to prepare meals. FCPS has partnered with The Kitchen Studio Cooking School in offering a monthly cooking classes. We are hosting a virtual class on Sunday, February 21st at 3pm.
What's on the menu?
Click here to register. Discount code is FCPSFEB.
Virtual Fitness Class
FCPS Wellness is excited to announce that we will continue to provide FREE virtual fitness classes for FCPS employees, so you can remain on track with your health and wellness goals by including physical activity onto your daily routine. Sessions will be held from Monday, February 1st to Friday, June 25th. Virtual fitness classes will not be held on days schools are closed for staff, but recorded classes are available for registered participants to access at their own convenience. If the times of the scheduled class does not work for you, please consider registering as you are able to access the recorded classes at a time that is more convenient for you.
Hatha Yoga - Monday at 6:00AM - 7:00AM
A gentle yoga that focuses on static poses that is to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body.
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.
Strength Training - Tuesday at 6:00AM - 7:00AM
A full body workout focused on building muscular strength & endurance, cardiovascular endurance, core strength, and flexibility. With a combination of body weight, dumbbells, bands, and then some, each class will focus on a unique training approach which will challenge, engage, and inspire participants to become a better version of their current selves! Equipment is optional (other suggestions will be offered).
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.
Barre - Wednesday at 6:00AM - 7:00AM
A workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. It focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements designed to strengthen your body.
Hatha Yoga - Wednesday at 4:30PM - 5:30PM
ABSolute Fitness - Thursday at 6:00AM - 7:00AM
A new approach to training your CORE! In this class, participant's will work their core from a non-traditional approach - functionally! This class will have participant's becoming aware and engaged with recruiting all muscles of the anterior and posterior abdominals through squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, and so much more!
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!
Pilates/Core - Friday at 6:00AM - 7:00AM
A method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.
Yoga (Half Meditation and Half Hatha Yoga) - Friday at 4:30PM - 5:30PM
This class is a great way to wrap up the work week with meditation and gentle yoga.
Please click here to register for a morning class.
Please click here to register for an afternoon class.
Please note: The technology used to host the virtual fitness classes is the choice of the host. FCPS does not provide technology support or endorse the Zoom platform.
Wear Red Day
February 5 is National Wear Red Day. February is considered as American Heart Month, so people wear the color red in order to raise and spread awareness in hopes to help eradicate heart disease in millions of women. So put on your reddest red, whether it be a nail polish, scarf, tie, or shoes, wear your brightest reds on National Wear Red Day and take a picture to share on social media with #FCPSWearRedDay. And even though this day gives us the opportunity to wear red, it is more important to focus on cardiovascular risks and diseases.
Join FCPS and Frederick Health on Friday, February 26 at 4:30 PM to learn about up to date information and resources regarding cardiovascular risks and diseases by attending the Heart Health webinar. Attendees will receive a free gift, so don't miss out and register.
Join American Heart Association Maryland Chapter on Friday, February 5 at 12 PM for the Go Red for Women campaign launch and Community Conversation on women’s health advocacy.
Red dress pins are available. Submit a request to email@example.com for a red dress pin (while supplies last).
Follow FCPS Wellness on Twitter
Like FCPS Wellness on Facebook
Visit FCPS Wellness on the Web
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.