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WellnessWorks Resources

The mayor's WellnessWorks Initiative aims to engage Miami-Dade County employees on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through the educational, wellness and recreational programs and facilities brought to you by County government.

Biometric Screening
Completing your biometric screening is a great snapshot of your current health standpoint. A biometric screening includes height and weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and other health markers. By completing your biometric screening, you will receive 25 wellness points and $20 45 to 60 days after the quarter closes. If you receive 75 points in the quarter, you will be entered into a raffle to win $250.

WellnessWorks Incentive Winners

Congratulations to the annual winners of $500 for completing 75 points in all four quarters of 2021 and all fourth quarter winnder of $250 for earning 75 points or more.

To enter for a chance at winning the quarterly or annual prize complete 75 points worth of WellnessWorks events or challenges each quarter (i.e. personal health assessment, biometric screenings, webinars, steps challenges, biggest winner challenge).

Annual winners

  • Michelle Muniz, Finance
  • Beth Wojas, Water and Sewer
  • Joseph Kahl, Medical Examiner
  • Lori Buonowhite, Libraries
  • Lisset Guash, Regulatory and Economic Resources
  • Monica Cejas, Transportation Trust
  • Mayra Ramirez Pagan, Aviation
  • Juliana Manjarres, Aviation
  • Lourdes Anaya, Libraries
  • Andres Martins, Libraries
  • Latoya Darbeau, Libraries
  • Sharon Carpenter, Libraries
  • Natalie Diaz, Libraries
  • Jannesha Johnson, Board of County Commissioners
  • Rafaela Castellon, Regulatory and Economic Resources
  • Lourdes Suarez, Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • JaMee Davis, Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Carolyn Kingpearce, Libraries
  • Sandra Jazkson, Aviation
  • Jennifer Acosta, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Fourth quarter winners

  • Andres Salazar Libraries
  • Nadine Blake, Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces
  • Melita Bellerand, Libraries
  • Darlene Rolle, Water and Sewer
  • Esthermar Batistamion, Community Action and Human Services
  • Daniel Querido, Information Technology
  • Tiffany Melvin, Regulatory and Economic Resources
  • Suzanne Torano, Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces
  • Yaitereny Palenzuela, Solid Waste Management
  • Marsha Ofield, Finance
  • Mary Mcelrath, Libraries
  • Adela Gonzalez, Finance
  • Kenneth Aleman, Human Resources
  • Duane Riley, Aviation
  • Toni Bracero, Libraries
  • Ana Dasilva, Transportation and Public Works
  • Huren An, Water and Sewer
  • Gloria Mckee, Audit and Management Services
  • Jessica Hughes-Fillette, Human Resources
  • Maurice Jenkins, Aviation

Thank you for your commitment and participation in the WellnessWorks program.

The Biggest Winner Challenge

Put the focus back on you with the Biggest Winner Challenge. To start the challenge, an initial assessment will be provided to all participants to get a baseline. Two full-day visits will be scheduled at forthcoming site locations in a two-week span May 9 to 20.

The challenge will run for 12 weeks and a mandatory final-week assessment must be completed for comparable metrics. A midpoint assessment can be conducted to determine progress and must be scheduled with the WellnessWorks team. This midpoint also allows for a reevaluation of a game plan for the final six weeks.

To assess body composition (total fat mass and total lean muscle mass), height and weight measurements, the Bodimetrix UltraSound system will be used. It is a noninvasive tool that completes the measurements in five to 10 minutes. Privacy is of utmost importance, and the biometric screenings format will be used when it comes to these assessments.

The ultrasound will utilize a standard three to four sites, or one site. If the three to four site test is chosen, the participant must come in athletic attire such as a t-shirt and shorts to access the specific sites. The choice depends entirely on the participants comfort and ease. The sites that can be measured are:

  • Men: chest, abdomen, thigh
  • Women: tricep, hip, abdomen and thigh

If participants do not come in athletic attire, a one site bicep measurement is the default site in order to participate. There will be no exceptions if proper attire is not worn at the time of arrival as it will delay, and increase wait time for conducting these measurements.

This year’s challenge will be both an individual challenge as well as a team challenge. The individual challenge will be designated by location and Countywide. The team challenge will only be Countywide. The individual that wins in each category (percent fat loss and percent muscle gain) for each location will win the $250 incentive. The participant who wins Countywide for each category (percent fat loss and percent muscle gain) will win a $500 prize (250 location winner/250 grand prize).

The team that wins each category overall Countywide will be crowned the Biggest Winner Team and will receive a team trophy. Each team member will receive a WellnessWorks mega swag bag. All teams will be assigned to a wellness coach who will assist and build programming. WellnessWorks webinars during this time period will be geared to the success of these metrics and goals, incentives can be provided during the assessments and 25 points for completing the challenge will go toward the participant's 75 points for the quarterly $250 raffle.

The individuals and team members that win will also receive one year of health coaching and body composition testing at no cost and if they maintain or continue to improve into next year. In the case of a participant's yearlong hard work they will earn a mystery prize from the WellnessWorks team.

The primary focus at WellnessWorks is to provide the best in overall wellness programming for all Miami-Dade employees. For this reason, WellnessWorks have moved away from weight loss challenges and shifted to a goal of fat loss and lean muscle mass gain. The positive impact and long-term health benefits of decreased body fat and increased muscle mass are well established and researched.

WellTalks
WellTalks are wellness talks provided by our EAP team. Find mental health tips, coping strategies, meditations and short videos dedicated to improving and maintaining your emotional wellness.

Wellness On Demand
WellnessWorks has created Wellness on Demand, a Microsoft Stream Channel for you to access wellness videos on exercise, stretching, meditation and wellness tips.

Self-Care Webinar Series

WellnessWorks is hosting a Self-Care Webinar Series during the week at noon. AvMed health coaches and special guests will be presenting a short 15 to 20 minute webinar on self-care topics. You will even have a chance to ask questions during the Q&A.

Register for the webinars you are interested in and take care of yourself. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar.

To watch past videos of this series, visit Wellness on Demand.

Health Coaching
Let wellness come to you with health coaching. Health coaching is available by telephone or email. Specialties include:
  • Stress management
  • Weight management
  • Nutrition education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Healthy lifestyle & behavior modification
  • Disease prevention/management
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol
  • Meal planning
To make an appointment, call or email health coaches directly or email at wwcoaching@avmed.org.

Coaching sessions are private. Our coaches are HIPAA-Certified and ensure that all information remains completely confidential. No personal health information is shared with Miami-Dade County.

Health coaches:
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Achieve your Health and Fitness Goals
Improve your physical fitness by joining the Active & Fit program. This program is exclusive to AvMed members. To learn more visit AvMed website and select Health and Wellness.