The KCS Employee Health Fair has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 24th from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Kannapolis Middle School gymnasium.
Kannapolis City Schools is partnering with CMC-NorthEast to start a comprehensive Employee Wellness Program. The program is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of all KCS employees, and it will run from January 10 through March 12. The program will kick off with a free Employee Health Fair on Tuesday, January 11. The Health Fair will be held at the A.L. Brown Activity Fitness Center from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
As part of the KCS wellness program, employees are joining the 411Fit website, which will give them health and exercise tips, calculate how much they exercise, help them improve their nutrition, and track their progress during the program. The wellness initiative also will include seminars for all employees. The free sessions will focus on exercise, nutrition, disease prevention, and there will be a demonstration by a Johnson and Wales chef on how to prepare healthy meals. The wellness program encourages employees to become more active and to make healthy choices. As a way of promoting that, all KCS employees are receiving pedometers and water bottles to remind them to increase their exercise and drink more water.
The wellness initiative is not about weight loss. Instead, it focuses on all aspects of employees’ health: stress management, exercise, nutrition, disease prevention, and emotional wellbeing. Superintendent Dr. Pam Cain is very interested in health issues, and it was one of her focuses when she was Assistant State Superintendent in West Virginia. “Good health is one of the most important gifts we have,” says Cain. “I want us to model healthy behavior for our students, but I also want our staff to know that we care about them as people. When we take care of ourselves, we become healthier and happier, and that’s what I want for everyone in Kannapolis City Schools.”
The community is supporting the KCS Wellness Initiative. CMC-NorthEast is sponsoring the Employee Health Fair on January 11th and providing experts and resources to make the event possible. During the health fair, KCS staff will be able to get screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and vision. They also will have access to information on stress management, breast health, digestive health, fitness, and much more. The Health Fair also will include free chiropractic screenings and free massages for KCS employees. More than a dozen businesses also have donated prizes. Employees who walk at least five miles per week will be eligible to receive the prizes during weekly drawings.
The Employee Wellness Program is just one aspect of Kannapolis City Schools’ emphasis on health and wellness. When the new Biotech Academy opens in August, it will include a health center where KCS students can get sports physicals, nutrition counseling, immunizations, health risk assessments, and even create their own wellness plans. “My vision is for all 9th graders in Kannapolis City Schools to create their own wellness plans when they get to A.L. Brown High School,” says Dr. Pam Cain. “The statistics on childhood obesity get worse every day, and we want to reverse that trend. With partners like the North Carolina Research Campus and CMC-NorthEast, we can make a difference for our children and staff, and our employee wellness program is just the beginning of our efforts.”
The KCS Wellness Program will end with a 5K walk/run on Saturday, March 12, which will be open to all KCS employees and their families.