Wellness@CSI
 
 

Wellbeing Mission Statement

The CSI Wellness Program is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our employees through education and activities that support positive lifestyle choices, thereby resulting in improved employee morale and productivity (Rev: 9/18)

Wellbeing Purposes

 

Since 1988

  • To promote and build a supportive environment for healthy lifestyles among interested employees and their families.
  • To pursue incentives that might encourage more participation from staff.
  • To provide an avenue of input (positive and negative) for the design and implementation of a campus wellness program.
  • To stimulate awareness of programs, events, or projects that could enhance healthy lifestyles on campus.
  • To disseminate health information to member's respective work areas.

Advisory Committee Roles & Responsibilities

The CSI Wellbeing Program is represented by a standing advisory committee of CSI Employees that take on the responsibility of managing the health and wellbeing program for all regular full- and part-time employees of the College and our affiliated programs. See Our Common Responsibilities.

Connect with a Life/Health Coach

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for you and your family members as a resource for life and health counseling and coaching. Assess your needs, set personal goals, receive support, referrals and resources as needed to help you be successful. Find a provider online or access video counseling from your home or workplace.

Ergonomic Assessments

Are you experiencing pain or numbness in the workplace? Assess your worksite conditions with these tools: Worksite Checklist and Injury Prevention. Need an Ergonomic Evaluation? Speak to your supervisor about your issues and/or contact your Wellness Program Coordinator at jheatwole@csi.edu or by telephone to 208-732-6269.

AED/CPR and 1st Aid Certifications

Training for AED/CPR and 1st Aid are offered during spring and fall inservice and at other times during the year to help our employees stay current on their certifications. Classes are taught by CSI staff and held in the HSHS Building and are annnounced through the email and eNotes when available.

Walk a Mile at Work

You can walk a mile inside your own building on campus. Or, you can walk the Fitness Trail around the CSI main campus. Once you have warmed up, try these stretches: Workplace Stretches Sheet.

Recreation & Fitness

Hours: Monday - Friday:  5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturdays:  7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays:  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Membership: The college pays the fee for all current full-time regular employees and family members living in their homes and full-time retired employees and their spouses to enjoy a FREE membership to the Student Recreation Center.

Credit courses are tuition-free to all current full-time employees and may also include a fee. You will need to have an Employee Application for Tuition Exemption signed by the HR Department for you and your family members and pay any associated fees for these classes.

The Outdoor Recreation Program offers a variety of free and discounted benefits. Receive 50% off the Outdoor Rec trips/programs we offer are led by certified professionals. CSI also boasts the largest pole ropes course west of the Mississippi. We offer great tools for CSI departments to work on team building, communication, goal setting and more!

Jerome Recreation District Memberships
: For employees, students and seniors living on the north side the College also pays a fee for access with a current valid ID card. Seniors that attend at least 50% of the Over 60 and Getting Fit program are allowed to continue using the facilities outside of class. Our contract includes access to weights/cardio equipment, walking track and the gym during open gym times. Other programs exist that may be accessed.

Our History

As a result of strategic planning activities in 1987, wellness emerged as an area of focus and interest to the employees. Resources were committed and a committee chaired by physical education instructor Jan Mittleider. The success of the effort resulted in the institutionalization of this program. (CSI Employee Handbook, September 1992.)

Since the beginning of the Wellness Program at CSI, a variety of quality events have been offered at little or no cost to our employees. Partnerships with other Magic Valley employers has even allowed for the funding of national speakers on wellness-related topics.

The Wellness Advisory Board Minutes of October 1991 outlines an agenda of annual events:

  • Flu vaccinations @ $3 for students and $5 for faculty and staff
  • Women's breast screenings in during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month
  • Freedom from Smoking classes
  • Terminal Fitness - Back to Basics workshops for employees working at computers
  • Minding the Body, Mending the Mind major wellness event
  • Save Your Heart Affair in February
  • The Fitness Challenge - a four-month program
  • A walking workshop with a walking author, sponsored with Judi's Bookstore
  • A "Bare Your Biceps" workshop with a Futrex 5000A to measure body fat/muscle
  • Consideration of a cookbook with recipes from various faculty and staff

Employee participation in wellness programs is always voluntary.