In collaboration with the Municipal side of our town government, the Lexington Public Schools has adopted a system-wide employee wellness goal to begin in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Research demonstrates that wellness programs increase employee morale and productivity, reduce work-related stress and employee absenteeism, and create a work environment that promotes the overall physical and mental well-being of employees. As a result, employees tend to lead healthier life-styles and perform at higher levels in their jobs, while employers gain a greater opportunity to control the rate of growth of health insurance costs.
Lexington’s Employee Wellness Program is designed to promote a wide-range of voluntary activities that are aligned with our employee’s interests as well as their health and medical needs. Program participants have the opportunity to engage in organized wellness activities such as utilizing our three fitness centers, attending nutrition programs, enrolling in wellness course offerings through the Wellness Partnership and the Community Education Program, and participating in health screening programs. Each school will have its own Wellness Champion to encourage and promote site-based participation in the program.
Below is a list of the members of our system-wide Employee Wellness Steering Committee for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Jill Gasperini, Coordinator of School Health Services
Craig Hall, Director of Adult and Community Education
Robert Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Karen Hurley, Registrar
Lori Manning, Wellness Coordinator, Town of Lexington
Vartan Minasian, Town of Lexington Facilities
Shawn Newell, Assistant Director of Public Facilities
Fran Salter, IIT Training Coordinator
Eamonn Sheehan, K-12 Coordinator of PE & Wellness
Sandra Trach, Principal, Estabrook Elementary School
Jennifer Wolfrum, K-12 Assistant Coordinator of PE & Wellness