Fall 2014 Wellness Challenge

SPC Wellness’s most successful program is back!  Beginning Monday, October 6th, the Fall 2014 Wellness Challenge kicks off the healthiest six weeks of the Fall.  Employees will challenge themselves to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle by:Team Laws  Disorder (6)

  • exercising more frequently
  • eating healthier
  • spending more time with family and friends
  • participating in stress relieving activities

Employees from each campus will track themselves on a personal tracker sheet. The tracker sheet is the tool to guide each individual’s progress. It can remind participants of their goals and give them online resources to help achieve them.

Some of the biggest “overlooked” benefits of participating are:

  • earning 15 points in the Wellness Rewards Program
  • competitive camaraderie between campuses, teams and individuals
  • the education provided through the tracker sheet and weekly, emailed updates

There will be many teams forming on each campus, but employees may also participate individually. During the Spring 2014 Wellness Challenge, there were 22 teams and a total of 245 participants. If any employees need assistance finding a team, email wellnesschallenge@spcollege.edu.

More information on the Wellness Challenge will be delivered to registered employees via email. Registration is open until Wednesday, October 8th.

The Fall 2014 Wellness Challenge Tracker Sheet is available on the official homepage. Questions can be directed to Paula Schultz, Wellness Specialist, at 727-614-7042 or wellnesschallenge@spcollege.edu.

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Fall Pre-Diabetes Seminars Coming to SPC Campuses

Could you be one of the 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes?

Learn to minimize your risk.

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Free Pre-Diabetes Seminar

Reducing your Risk Using 3 Healthy Strategies

Led by a BayCare-Certified Diabetes Educator


This seminar will:

∙ Define diabetes and identify primary types (Pre-DM, GDM, Type 1, and Type 2).

∙ Identify diabetes risk factors and medical health flags.

∙ Explain concept of Hemoglobin A1c.

∙ Define insulin resistance.

∙ List a minimum of three lifestyle interventions supporting blood glucose management.

∙ Explain carbohydrate effects and the role it plays in blood glucose management.

∙ Discuss general recommended carbohydrate amounts for women/men.

∙ Identify food label serving size and total carbohydrate amount per serving.

∙ Identify pre-diabetes and diabetes management education support resources.


Important – and convenient:

∙ Diabetes and pre-diabetes are among the top chronic conditions of SPC employees.

∙ SPC is committed to working with employees to curb this trend.

∙ SPC has scheduled these sessions during the middle of the day to minimize time away from work.

∙ Employees may be “on the clock” for the part of the session that is beyond their lunch break.

∙ You’re welcome to “brown-bag it” and bring your lunch.



Participation in this seminar is worth 5 points in the Wellness Rewards Program.


Who’s invited:

Any SPC employee or dependent, whether diagnosed with a medical condition or not, is welcome to attend.  The dissemination of information is intended for use by the employee or the employee’s dependents.


Date Campus Room Times
Monday, 9/8 Health Education Center 274D 2-3:00 p.m.
Monday, 9/22 St. Petersburg/Gibbs SA-114 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/2 EpiCenter DO-143 2-3:00 p.m.
Monday, 10/6 Allstate 219 11:00 am – Noon
Thursday, 10/9 Tarpon Springs GA-423 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 10/20 SPC Downtown DC-127 10 – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10/23 Clearwater ES-107 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Thursday, 10/30 Seminole UP-324 10 – 11:00 a.m.

 *All sessions are 60 minutes.



Pre-registration is required.


1.   Log into MySPC.

2.   Select Skillport from the bottom of the left “Main Menu.”

3.   Click on the “Browse the Library” tab at the top.

4.   Under SPC Professional Development, select WELLNESS.

5.   Click on the Fall Pre-Diabetes Seminar.

6.   Review the session schedule near the bottom – press the Details button on the left for more session information.

7.   Press the Enroll button – you will also be prompted to add the session to your “Learning Plan” this is recommended for ease of access to the class later if needed.

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Biometric Screenings Coming To Your Campus

Do you have SPC medical insurance?

Earn the $100 Wellness Incentive in year 2015 by completing a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and a confidential biometric screening this year.


  • Health Risk Assessment – An HRA is an online, confidential health questionnaire that evaluates your health risks and quality of life. Take the HRA on Aetna’s website by following these directions.
  • Biometric Screening – A biometric screening is a short, confidential test that screens for certain diseases or conditions. Screenings will be held at each campus.  Book your appointment today.

September Biometric Screening Schedule

Dates Campus Room Time
Wednesday, 9/3 Allstate Center Florida Room 1- 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/10 St. Petersburg/Gibbs SA-114 Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/16 Health Education Center 177N Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/17 Seminole UP-303/319 1- 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/24 EpiCenter 2-304 Noon- 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/25 Downtown DC-210 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, 9/29 Clearwater ES-104 Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/30 Tarpon Springs FA-132 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.




SPC Human Resources nor Aetna will receive any individual employee results.  SPC Human Resources will only receive the aggregate data for the entire employee population.  These results will direct the education, tools, and resources of the SPC Wellness Program.


Participating in the biometric screenings and completing the Aetna HRA will automatically qualify SPC employees for the $100 Wellness Incentive.  The individual results will not have any effect on the Incentive.  This program is solely based on participation by employees  to qualify  for the 2015 $100 Wellness Incentive

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Volunteer for a longer, healthier life

Volunteer1. Research causes or issues important to you. Find a group that works with issues you’re passionate about.

2. Look at the skills you can offer. Consider volunteer work that matches your personality, interests, and/or expertise.

3. Consider volunteer work that lets you learn something new. Volunteering can hone your skills and abilities, which may help you professionally. Or, volunteer for a change from your daily work routine.

4. Combine your goals. Consider volunteer opportunities that will also help you achieve other goals for your life. For example, if you want to lose weight, choose an active volunteer opportunity, such as cleaning a park or working with kids.

5. Volunteer as a family. Volunteering as a family can bring a family closer together, teach young children the value of giving their time and effort, introduce the family to skills and experiences, and create wonderful memories.

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Scott Kearney: A Stand-Up Guy

ScottStanding up to work at your desk?  Yes, this is a reality at the St. Petersburg College’s AIS department in the EpiCenter District Office.

Scott Kearney, Systems Analyst, decided to “stand up” for what he believes in. Scott transformed a normal seated work station to a standing desk one and a half years ago.

He shared a couple reasons why.

  • His energy level increased. “I felt more energetic throughout the work day. My feet hurt a little for the first week, but that went away quickly.”
  • He didn’t feel trapped behind his desk anymore. There was a lot more open space for him to comfortably move around.

Many studies have researched sitting for long periods of time and the detrimental effects on the body:

  • For individuals with back pain the standing desk could provide some relief. A person’s back is very susceptible to injury because it is a major load-bearer. The spine is a central support system for the entire upper body. If the upper body is not positioned correctly it could put strain on the spine.
  • Many Americans spend the majority of their day sitting. Prolonged sitting has also been linked to declines in vascular health and has been shown to disrupt metabolic function.
  • Standing increases muscle activity and promotes more movement throughout the day.

Scott DeskScott got the idea to transform his desk while searching the internet. “Most of the stand-up desks that you find online are anywhere from $200 – 400. I made mine for only $40.”  All the materials used to build this “stand up desk” were bought from IKEA. Two end tables were used to create the base, a shelf meant to hang on the wall was attached to the end tables was used to hold the keyboard.

“You want the middle of the computer screen to be eye level and your arms should be at a 90 degree angle when your hands are resting on the keyboard.”

This simple and inexpensive desk Scott created sparked curiosity in his co-workers. There are now seven other employees in the AIS department who have created their own stand up desk. The science behind the stand-up desk is still evolving, but it is clear that there are many positives to gain by “standing up” at your desk.

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