GARNER | The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is considering a wellness program for the county’s employees.
On Monday, Feb. 4, Becky Finch, Hancock County Health System business outreach coordinator, spoke to the supervisors and county department heads about the programs offered through the Wellness Center during the weekly board meeting.
“We have a variety of wellness programs that we do, so we can tailor to what you guys want,” she said.
The Hancock County Health System Wellness Center, located in Britt, offers medical, lab, employee health, rehabilitation and business health services for regional employers.
Finch spoke primarily of one program, Project Life, which is “probably the best bang for your buck.”
Project Life is a wellness screening program that identifies risk factors in individuals related to cardiovascular disease. It features carotid, peripheral and abdominal artery screens as well as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checks.
“At the end we’ll do health coaching and kind of explain what you need to do,” Finch said.
The program is $75 per participant, she said.
Supervisors Florence “Sis” Greiman and Gary Rayhons said that was cheap for all it included.
“That’s the one we like the best because you get so much more and it’s so extensive,” Finch said.
She said county employees would have to go to the Wellness Center in Britt to complete the 75-minute program, but there are other offerings that the supervisors could choose that could be done at the courthouse.
Hancock County Sheriff Scott Dodd said it’d be a “great thing” for his department, but said interest will be dictated by whether the county pays for the program.
Engineer Adam Clemons agreed.
“I think that will change the way the guys perceive it,” he said.
The County Board didn’t decide on how it would be paid for, but instead asked Assistant Engineer Shaun Hackman to solicit feedback from employees on whether they’d be interested.
Clemons suggested the county also speak to its health insurance provider to see if it’ll grant a discount if the county decides to implement a wellness program, which is something he said Wright County does. The money saved could go toward incentives, he added.
“I think it’s a good idea to look into,” Rayhons said.
The supervisors agreed to discuss the topic at a future board meeting after receiving feedback from employees and the health insurance provider.
Also during the county board meeting, the supervisors appointed Ken Krause, Tim Anderson and Quentin Stortenbecker as trustees of the Mokry Trust.
The Mokry Trust, totaling nearly $640,000 of donated monies, was restricted to education, training and maintenance at the former Duncan Heights Residential Care Center, formerly known as the county home or county farm. The care center closed in 2016, and the supervisors sold the property in October, which means the funds are no longer accessible for those purposes.
The county is trying to modify the trust in court, so it’s able to establish an endowment to be used for social services expenses.