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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 families. 
    Services in the Program Include: 
    • Local Employee Health Promotion Coordination Training
    • Biometric Testing ($25 per person for Pool Members/$30 per person for Non-Pool groups. Minimum of 20 people.)
    • Bulk Fitbit orders
    • Wellness Forums

    Wellness Tools from Medica (Available to individuals on the MHC insurance plan.)
    MHC Medica Wellbeing Tools Mini Summary
    Wellness Tools Quick Links
    Life Time Digital Fitness

    Behavioral Health


    Monthly Wellness Newsletters from Medica

    March Wellness News from Medica
    February Wellness News from Medica
    January Wellness News from Medica

    Sleep Guide Flyer

    Live Well, Work Well Newsletter
    February, 2024
    Janaury, 2024


    Health Equity in the Workforce Guide

    Is Your Workplace Mentally Healthy - A Checklist From NAMI

    Blue Zones Home Checklist - PDF (Incredible resources to help shape your surroundings to allow you to live your best life.)

    Blue Zones Kitchen Checklist - PDF

    Best Practices for Healthy Telecommuting

    Low Cost Wellness Activities That Work  

    Mood Candy - This App, from Dr. Amit Sood, offers a buffet of uplifting, on-demand quotes, stories, and meditations to decrease stress and develop a resilient mindset during these difficult times, all in candy-sized bites.

    Zizo - Another great App from Dr. Sood. This one is focused on resiliency. There's an option to participate in an 8 week course after interacting with the app for a certain amount of time.

    Fitness Blender - Workout videos

    Calm - Sleep, stress, meditations, gratitude resources,masterclass opportunities, resources for kids

    Random Acts of Kindness Foundation - Assorted kindness/positivity resources

    Yale - Science of Wellbeing Course

    WellRight - Employee well-being resource repository

    Core Power Yoga - Classes

    Cosmic Kids Yoga - Get the whole family involved!

    Stress Management and Yoga - Learn more about how yoga can help with stress management

    Blue Zones – A myriad of tools for well-living and longevity

    Headspace – Meditation, movement, and sleep exercises

    Omada - Tips for supporting your immune system

    U of M – Incredible assortment of well-being tools, including very useful self assessment

    Virtual Calming Room - A fantastic array of mind and body resources, for kids and adults.

    Seven kinds of rest - learn more about the seven kinds of rest

    Wellness With Hannah Presentation


    mapMinnesota Healthcare Consortium

    Seven Minnesota service cooperatives have joined together to provide the cost savings of being self-insured with the financial safety of being in a pool. Statewide there are hundreds of organizations with thousands of members participating in the Minnesota Healthcare Consortium. Your regional cooperative, together with other participating service cooperatives from across the state, negotiates statewide stop-loss pricing, administrative discounts, and lower healthcare costs.


    Click here to learn more!


    Member vs Member Walking Challenge - January 2024

    Winning teams have been announced in Southeast Service Cooperative’s (SSC) 13th Annual Member vs. Member Walking Challenge, in which nearly 1,000 individuals from 29 SSC Member organizations competed. 20 southeastern Minnesota school districts and nine 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 Caledonia – 3rd Place. The remaining teams, which each received an honorable mention, are listed in the order of their ranking: Mabel-Canton, Lewiston-Altura, Pine Island, Kingsland, Red Wing, Kasson-Mantorville, Rushford-Peterson, Albert Lea, Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative, Triton, Lake City, Dover-Eyota, LeRoy-Ostrander, Minnesota State Academies, Goodhue County Education District, and Southland. Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative was the winner for having the highest percentage of its staff participate.  

    Wabasha-Kellogg School District Wellness Coordinator Ashley Scheel shared, “Staff members at Wabasha-Kellogg public schools look forward to the step challenge every year! Numbers motivate some, exercising with colleagues may motivate others, but I hope throughout this challenge that all participants can find what motivates them to get up and get moving through all the other months of the year!”

    Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative had a challenge record of 81% of its staff participate. Karleigh Tillman, CVSEC teacher, stated, “When you find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, it can change your life.”

    Mower County was the winner in the local government division. The rest of the rankings were as follows: Austin HRA – 2nd Place, Workforce Development – 3rd Place. The honorable mention placements included: Freeborn County, City of Blooming Prairie, City of Byron, City of Dodge Center, City of Albert Lea, and Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District was the participation winner.

    Sally Garry, Mower County team member, shared, “The walking challenge was the extra nudge I needed, that helped me choose to prioritize taking care of myself, invest in my health and help the team. I felt inspired by others in the program, when I saw them make time for it too!  Making time to walk regularly made me feel better physically and boosted me mentally.  By the end of the month, I added running and strengthening to my routine.”  Amanda Kiefer added, “Desk Jobs make steps hard to get in. The challenge really helps me get moving so I don’t bring the team down. I am super proud of all of us!”

    The contest, which is held each January, is based on the number of steps walked by participating members. Trophies are awarded to the winning teams. mention, are listed in the order of their ranking: Pine Island, Mahtomedi, Caledonia, Red Wing, Albert Lea, Triton, LeRoy-Ostrander, MN State Academies, Grand Meadow, Lake City, Cannon Valley 


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