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Limeade Wellness Program Chosen to Serve Washington State Employees
Date:11/10/2009

New joint venture between Bellevue, Wash. wellness firm, Washington State Health Care Authority and Institute for Health and Productivity Management helps those who help unemployed Washington residents.

(PRWEB) November 10, 2009 -- Even in the best of times, working in a state unemployment office can be tough. And in this not-so-rosy economy, stressors are amplified. Since March 2008, statewide unemployment has nearly doubled, rising from 5.1 percent to 9.3 percent. Thanks to a new joint venture between Washington State, the Institute for Health and Productivity Management and Limeade, Inc., State employees who help support, train and provide resources for unemployed Washington residents and their families are getting some much-needed support of their own.

As part of the Healthy Worksite Initiative, Bellevue-based wellness firm Limeade will provide employees of the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) with online and mobile phone tools to improve their physical and emotional health. Program features include setting and tracking well-being goals, identifying health risks, finding peer support and wellness resources, and challenging co-workers: “Who wants to bike to work tomorrow?”

The joint venture has two aims. First, it seeks to measure and improve health and productivity at one of the most innovative – and high-pressure – state workplaces, the unemployment office. Second, it provides a whole-person, whole-family, whole-agency approach to health delivery, which may have broader applications in the future.

Scott Pritchard, who spearheads the Health Care Authority’s Integrated Employee Health & Productivity division, said, “Limeade brings a refreshing, adaptable approach that fits the Govern
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