Use these personal calculators to evaluate your health and lifestyle choices.
The Risk Management Department produces a monthly newsletter, "Worksite Wellness News".
Cooking healthy can be challenging and often people are afraid to try new things.
Welcome to the City of Bryan’s Employee Wellness Website! Our employees are our most valuable asset. For this reason, the City launched an Employee Wellness Program. The purpose of the program is to give employees and their families the tools and resources they need to make the healthiest choice possible. The City’s wellness program includes educational classes, fitness opportunities, an annual Health & Safety Expo and much more
Click on a topic below for details:
HEALTH AND WELLNESS BENEFITS
- http://www.bcbstx.com/ (Medical/Dental Insurance)
- https://www.caremark.com/wps/portal (Prescription Drug Coverage)
- http://www.superiorvision.com/ (Vision Plan)
- Davis Vision Discount Program
- BlueCare Dental Employee Flyer
FAMILY & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
- Local hotline: 979-775-5355
- Phoebe’s Home (Emergency Shelter): http://www.twincitymission.org/phoebeshome.shtml
- City of Bryan Victim’s Assistance Program: http://www.bryantx.gov/police/domestic-violence-information/
- City of Bryan Employee Assistance Program: http://www.deeroaks.com/
- Sexual Assault Resource Center: http://www.sarcbv.org/
HEALTHY AGING, ELDERCARE & CAREGIVER SERVICES
- AARP Driving Safety Course: http://www.st-joseph.org/body.cfm?id=736
- St. Joseph Gold Medallion Club: http://www.st-joseph.org/GoldMedallionClub
- Program on Healthy Aging (TAMU School of Rural Public Health): http://srph.tamhsc.edu/pha/index.html
- Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging: http://www.bvcog.org/programs/area-agency-on-aging/
- Home Instead Senior Care: http://www.homeinstead.com/409/Pages/HomeInsteadSeniorCare.aspx
- Comfort Keepers: http://www.comfortkeepers.com/office-696/college-station-texas
- Hospice Brazos Valley: http://www.hospicebrazosvalley.org/
- SouthernCare Hospice: http://www.southerncareinc.com/
PREGNANCY & PARENTING
- St. Joseph New Parenting Education Class: http://www.st-joseph.org/body.cfm?id=734
- St. Joseph Sibling Tours: http://www.st-joseph.org/body.cfm?id=737
- College Station Medical Center Prenatal Classes: http://www.csmedcenter.com/college-station-medical-center/services/college-station-medical-center-prenatal-classes-530.aspx
- Scott & White Parental Education Classes: http://www.sw.org/women-health/classes
- Texas AgriLife Child Care Training Courses: http://infanttoddler.tamu.edu/courses/courseListByCatID.php?catid=16
HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
- St. Joseph Diabetes Education Program: http://www.st-joseph.org/body.cfm?id=648
- Brazos County Walk Across Texas: http://brazoswat.com/
- Texas AgriLife “Do Well, Be Well” Diabetes Education Program: http://fcs.tamu.edu/health/type_2_diabetes/diabetes_classes.php
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
- Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse: http://bvcasa.org/
- City of Bryan Employee Assistance Program: http://www.deeroaks.com/
- Bryan Addiction Recovery Centers: http://www.recovery.org/browse/bryan-tx/
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
Immunizations are one of the most effective ways to protect children and adults against many common infectious diseases. Visit with your healthcare provider or make an appointment at the City of Bryan Employee Health Center to make sure that you and your family are up to date on your immunizations.
Flu Vaccines will be offered to all City employees and dependents (age 5 and up) on the City’s health plan at no charge through the City of Bryan/BISD Employee Health Center. Onsite clinic dates/times will be listed when scheduled. If you are unable to attend one of the onsite clinics, please call the Employee Health Center at 821-7690 to schedule a time to go by and receive your shot.
What is influenza?
Influenza (Flu) is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and could potentially cause death in the elderly, young children and those who have other health conditions.
Signs & Symptoms
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Body aches
- Some may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea
The flu vaccine is your best line of defense against the flu. Flu vaccines are offered annually. The City of Bryan offers vaccines to all employees at no cost. Covered dependents (age 5 years and up) are able to get the vaccine through the Employee Health Center for no charge as well.
Other ways to avoid the flu include: avoiding those who are sick, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and staying home if you are sick.
For more information about the flu, please visit www.flu.gov .
- Smoking causes damage to nearly every organ and is the leading cause of preventable death.
- More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
- The adverse health effects of smoking account for nearly 480,000 deaths per year in the United States.
- Smokers are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease by 2 to 4 times.
- Smoking causes reduced circulation causing narrowing of the blood vessels.
- In addition to causing lung cancer, smoking can also cause the following types of cancer: bladder, esophageal, cervical, kidney, stomach, oral, and others.
- Smoking can cause infertility, pre-term delivery and low birth weight.
- The two main types of smokeless tobacco are chewing tobacco and snuff.
- Smokeless tobacco causes oral health problems, including cancer.
- Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
- Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.
Nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States and it often takes a smoker multiple attempts to quit.
Effective treatments include: clinical interventions, counseling, over-the-counter and prescription nicotine replacement medications.
If you are interested in quitting, always discuss which method might work best for you with your physician. The following resources are available to smokers who are interested in quitting:
- The City of Bryan’s prescription drug plan (OptumRx) covers some smoking cessation medications at no cost (three attempts per lifetime).
- The Texas Department of State Health Services has resources available at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tobacco/ including the Quitline which is free to all Texas citizens. The Quitline provides professional support and counseling.
- The American Cancer Society has resources available at http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GuidetoQuittingSmoking/index .
How can you burn off some of those extra calories before they turn into extra pounds? After thinking about a particular dish you savored (was it that piece of chocolate cake?), try our “Get Moving! Calculator” to see how many calories you expend doing your favorite exercise or activity.
Depression can affect both men and women of all ages. Everyone has moments of sadness but generally these feelings are temporary and go away after a short period of time. When these feelings linger and begin interfering with your daily life you may be suffering from depression. Depression is a serious illness and most people may need treatment.
Signs & Symptoms
- Persistent sad or anxious feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities you once found pleasurable
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Thoughts of suicide
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, consider visiting with your doctor about treatments that might help you. You may also receive help through the City of Bryan’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Deer Oaks EAP provides assessments, guidance counseling, crisis intervention and more. You may contact them directly at 1-866-EAP-2400.
- More than one in three adult men has some form of cardiovascular disease.
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single major cause of death of American males.
- Cardiovascular disease includes several different conditions affecting the function of the heart. These include: Coronary heart disease (including heart attack), abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease, heart muscle disease, pericardial disease, aorta disease and vascular disease.
Know the Signs of a Heart Attack:
Common or “Classic” signs of a heart attack:
- Chest pain-pressure, tightness or ache
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
“Atypical” signs of a heart attack:
- Back, neck or jaw pain
Risk factors you can’t control:
- Increasing age
- Sex (gender)- men are more likely than women to have a heart attack
- Previous heart attack or stroke
Risk factors you can control:
- Smoking-tobacco use is a major cause of heart disease among women
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility in women and is a normal biological process. Menopause can be caused by various different causes including the natural decline of reproductive hormones, a hysterectomy, and chemotherapy or radiation therapy to name a few.
- Irregular periods
- Decreased fertility
- Hot flashes
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings
- Increased abdominal fat
- Thinning hair
- Loss of breast fullness
It is always best to check with your physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Your doctor may need to do an evaluation including blood work to make a diagnosis. To read about more about menopause, click here.