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    The Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC) Wellness and Health Promotion Program is designed as a tool by which to facilitate the improved overall physical, mental, and social well-being of all member participants and their familes. 
    Services in the Program Include: 
    • Local Employee Health Promotion Coordination Training
    • Biometric Testing ($16 per person for Pool Members/$20 per person for Non-Pool groups. Minimum of 20 people.)
    • Two Topical Forums Annually at SSC
    • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota's (BCBSM) Sharecare Program which includes a network of health related services, including the RealAge online health assessment for Health Pool Members.

    Looking for ways to promote wellness programming and health education to your employees? Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota has a tremendous inventory of literature and promotion materials that can be personalized to fit your organization's needs. Click here to see what's available. 

    Winter Mindset Article

    Making Virtual Meetings Better—How to Engage Employees and Connect During Covid

     Wellness Forum Resources

    Sleep Power - Amy Matilla
    Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace - Nicole LaChapelle-Strumski
    OMComplete Wellbeing Services-Wellness - Heidi Mason

    Member vs Member Walking Challenge - January 2021

    Winning teams have been announced in Southeast Service Cooperative’s 10th Annual Walking Challenge, in which over 500 individuals from 17 SSC member organizations competed. Nine Southeastern Minnesota School Districts and seven Local Government Members participated in two separate steps-based challenges.

    Winners in the School District Challenge included Wabasha-Kellogg – 1st Place, Goodhue – 2nd Place, and Grand Meadow– 3rd Place. The remaining teams, which each received an honorable mention, are listed in the order of their ranking: PEM, Byron, Red Wing, Lewiston-Altura, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, and Albert Lea. Goodhue was the winner for having the highest percentage of its staff participate.  

    Wabasha-Kellogg School District Wellness Coordinator Ashley Scheel shared, “A good movement challenge is just what the doctor ordered this time of year!  The Wabasha-Kellogg Falcon Steppers always look forward to this competition. This year the Falcon Steppers came out hot starting with the stepping lead and maintained the lead the entire race. Ever since the contest added the addition of the participation award, it has been our goal to win both in the same year. Kudos to Goodhue for having the highest participation percentage and we will try again next year!  We missed it by a mere 3%! Everyone keep taking those steps towards becoming a healthier you! ” Goodhue’s Wellness Coordinator Chris Heitman added, “We greatly improved this season and can't wait for next year to go for gold--or in our case PURPLE! GO WILDCATS!”

    Rice-Steele 911 Center was the winner in the Local Government Division. The rest of the rankings were as follows: City of Dodge Center – 2nd Place, Goodhue County and Austin HRA –Tied for 3rd Place.  The honorable mention placements included – Mower County, City of Byron, Freeborn County, and Workforce Development, Inc. City of Dodge Center was the participation winner.

    Derrek Matson, a Rice-Steele 911 Center team member, stated, “Over the last few years, I have really enjoyed and now look forward to the January Walking Challenge.  I like the extra motivation, and fun spirit of competition it brings to the New Year.  Early morning walks in the crisp fresh air are a great way to start the day and a good time to listen to audio books. Over the years we have walked our way up the standings, coming in 2nd last year and 3rd in 2019.  I am excited to step-up our game and defend the title next year!  City of Dodge Center wellness coordinator Bryce Lange shared, "The City of Dodge Center enjoyed participating in SSC's step competition in January. 11 staff members participated, and we enjoyed encouraging each other to improve and get more steps each week. Participating in the challenge helped us make conscious decisions to get moving throughout the day."

    The contest, which ran the month of January, was based on the number of steps walked by participating members. Trophies (and bragging rights) are awarded to the winning teams.

    The following programs are now available to all members of SSC’s School Health Insurance Pool. 

    Summary of Wellness Programs from the MHC - Available to all members on the MHC Health Plan

    SmartShopper Program

    SmartShopper can save you money! Did you know the cost for the same medical procedure can vary depending upon where you go? The difference can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. As part of your health insurance through the Minnesota Health Care Consortium, SmartShopper allows you to compare the cost of care and earn cash back (up to $500 depending on the service or procedure). To learn more, go to vitalssmartshopper.com.


    Omada® is a digital behavior change program that inspires healthy habits you can live with long term. It combines the behavior change science and unwavering support you'll need to lose weight, keep it off, and help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. More great news: MHC is offering Omada for employees and their adult family members who are enrolled in our Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota health plan—at no cost to you. Find out if you’re eligible by taking a 1-minute risk screener.  Inquire with your district’s benefits manager or contact Nicole LaChapelle-Strumski.
    Omada includes:
    • Wireless smart scale to monitor your progress
    • Professional health coach to keep you on track
    • Interactive program that adapts to you
    • Weekly online lessons to educate and inspire
    • Small group of participants for real-time support


    Best Practices for Healthy Telecommuting

    Wellness Bingo Cards 

    SSC's Wellness Program Manager: 
    Nicole LaChapelle Strumski
    Nicole LaChapelle-Strumski                                       
    (507) 696-9476