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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. 

    Member vs Member Walking Challenge - January 2020

    Winning teams announced in SSC’s walking challenge
    Organizational morale increases as teams walk millions of steps in effort to win

    Winning teams have been announced in Southeast Service Cooperative’s (SSC) 9th Annual Walking Challenge, in which over 700 individuals from 19 SSC member organizations competed. 12 Southeastern Minnesota School Districts and seven Local Government Members participated in two separate steps-based challenges.

    Winners in the School District Challenge included: Red Wing – 1st Place, Wabasha-Kellogg – 2nd Place, Grand Meadow– 3rd Place. The remaining teams, which each received an honorable mention, are listed in the order of their ranking: PEM, Goodhue, Stewartville, Byron, Albert Lea, Lewiston, Kasson-Mantorville, LeRoy-Ostrander, and Southland. Wabasha-Kellogg was the winner for having the highest participation.

    Red Wing School District Wellness Coordinator Tara Nelson shared, “I saw people encouraging each other; meeting before and after school to walk, walking during their lunches, and checking in with each other to see if they were getting their goals for the day/week.” Wabasha-Kellogg’s Wellness Coordinator Ashley Scheel added, “It is fun to see the habits of our staff change during this walking challenge such as parking as far away from the school as possible, using the drinking fountain and bathroom on the other end of the building, walking the last 10 minutes of lunch and after school, and the staff workout room usage increasing and having new users.   It is also enjoyable to see walking habits continuing on after the challenge and hearing personal stories such as how a person’s clothes fit better! Besides bringing healthiness to W-K, the walking challenge has built comradery, new relationships and is a major talking piece! We have already started planning for next year and look forward to the challenge!”

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

    Trish Harren, a Mower County team member, stated, “What motivated me was not wanting to let my team down. On those nights when I did not get at least 10,000 steps and I just wanted to lay on the couch and watch TV, I got in my car and drove to the courthouse and went to the fitness room and watched an episode or two of HGTV and got in my steps and usually more than my goal!”

    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. Certificates will be presented to all teams who participated.

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

    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


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    SSC's Wellness Program Manager: 
    Nicole LaChapelle Strumski
    Nicole LaChapelle-Strumski                                       
    (507) 281-6674