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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 ($20 per person for Pool Members/$24 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 Wellbeing Tools


    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

    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 Bingo Cards From Member Groups


    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!

    Fall 2022 Conference Tools
    Prize Sheet from City of Owatonna

    Member vs Member Walking Challenge - January 2022

    Winning teams have been announced in Southeast Service Cooperative’s 11th Annual Walking Challenge, in which over 700 individuals from 20 SSC member organizations competed. Thirteen 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 Red Wing– 3rd Place. The remaining teams, which each received an honorable mention, are listed in the order of their ranking: Pine Island, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Grand Meadow, Byron, Kasson-Mantorville, Mahtomedi, Albert Lea, Lewiston-Altura, and Stewartville. Wabasha-Kellogg was also the winner for having the highest percentage of its staff participate.  

    Wabasha-Kellogg School District Wellness Coordinator Ashley Scheel shared, “We finally did it! We achieved our goal of winning both awards in the same year!  The W-K Falcon steppers have been after that since the participation award was added in 2019. This year we had a husband and wife on the team which added some fun tension as to who gets more steps; an elementary teacher or a high school teacher?  The W-K staff always looks forward to this friendly and motivating competition. Thank you to Nicole LaChapelle-Strumski from SSC for organizing and the other schools for joining the fun!”

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

    Tracy Morrow, Wellness Coordinator for The City of Dodge Center, stated, “This year’s win was exciting for us, last year was our first year and it really motivated us this year to place higher.  The fun is getting creative for inside activities.  We incorporated an activity we called ‘quick break’, which got us up and moving and made for fun work conversation.  This challenge really helps start the year off right and creates a little fun after the holidays. It sure does help make January go by fast!  Thank you for making this available and we hope to see you next year.  Thank you again from this year’s amazing eight!” 

    City of Byron Wellness Coordinator Kelli Cheney shared, “We were really pleased to have such high participation this year. We look forward to competing in this again next year and will strive to win the stepping portion of the challenge.” City of Byron team members were motivated by these words from Friedrich Nietzsche, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”

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



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