|From left, Erin Saunderson, Emma Calvert, Jessica Tramp, Redmond Mayor John Marchione, Andrew Sundene, Julie Tramp and Christoph Myer visit with the mayor Tuesday afternoon. Marchione signed a proclamation to make November to be National Diabetes Month in Redmond. All of the teens were diagnosed with diabetes — most since before they turned 7. In addition, Marchione, 45, was diagnosed at age 38 |
Bill Christianson, Redmond Reporter, (Republished from 2010)
In their August 21, 2012 meeting City Council approved the Mayor's new Health and Wellness Program with Additional Benefits. Start-up costs will be $78,625 in 2012 and $71,625/year (based on 60% participation.) The program will provide individual coaching, and other educational resources and tools to assist managing health risk factors of staff.
Marchione expects to get full return on investment through good participation by staff. Participation is the key to the program. In house events and marketing literature will be introduced to city staff to encourage participation. The program will address risk factors like nutrition, stress management and obesity. City staff will be given incentives (undisclosed) to participate and improve.
Mayor Marchione (age 47) was diagnosed with Diabetes Type II at age 38 and is in a good position to lead staff as a role model of participation. Could we see the Mayor walking our sidewalks or swimming in Hartman Pool? Will he declare November as "National Diabetes Month" as he did in 2010.
The City of Redmond remains one of the best employers to work for in our area with 2009 wages and benefits averaging $108,000/employee and turnover very low. Average pay per household in Redmond over the last three years is $92,164 according to recent City finance "Dashboard" data.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Photo by Redmond Reporter