The City promotes wellness for City employees in a number of ways. This website describes what we have in place, and also offers other resources to help you take charge of your health.
Find this month's health observance and tips.
Employee Assistance Program
The City provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services to you and your household members through Horizon Health at no cost to you. The EAP supports you in dealing with personal issues so you can be less distracted at work and/or spend less time away from your job. Professional help is available on issues such as:
- Alcohol or drug problems
- Eating disorders
- Stress or depression
- Financial or legal problems
- Critical incidents or catastrophes
- Family, relationship or emotional concerns
- Job-related problems and co-worker conflicts
- Elder care
- Gambling or other addictive behaviors
To access services, contact Horizon Health at:
Telephone: 1-888-272-7252 (or TTY 1-888-879-8274)
Additional Online Resources: www.horizoncarelink.com
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Your Counseling Benefit
You can call twenty-four hours a day, 365 days of the year and reach a master's prepared counselor through Horizon Health, the City's EAP provider. Counselor assistance by phone or in person is offered at no expense to you. You and your household members can access six face-to-face counseling visits per issue every year.
If ongoing counseling is advisable after the six initial visits and is considered "medically necessary" under the medical plan, you will be referred in consideration of your medical coverage. If it is not considered medically necessary, you may continue seeing your Horizon Health counselor at your own expense.
The City will allow you up to 6 hours of paid time off during any calendar year (not charged to sick leave or vacation) to attend EAP counseling or training sessions. You must receive advance approval from your supervisor and can use a maximum of two hours at any one time. You do not need to divulge the reason you are using the EAP, but you may need to request an appointment verification from Horizon Health if your supervisor requests. You may always schedule your appointments during non-work hours.
Other Services and Resources
Employees and their household members can also access non-counselor resources, such as financial counseling, legal counseling, and telephonic and on-line Work/Life Resources using the above phone number and web site.
Your confidentiality is protected in accordance with public law. Neither supervisors nor any other City employee is provided with individual EAP information.
Healthy Vending Program
Healthier snack options will be coming this summer to your work site vending machine. City Council adopted the Healthy Vending Ordinance which changes the percentage of healthier food and beverage options in vending machines on City property to 50%. See the Healthier Options flyer and watch the Take Charge! wellness newsletter for a healthy vending survey and taste test opportunities!
Weight Watchers Savings
The City of Seattle provides special savings on selected weight-loss solutions.
Save 50% on Weight Watchers programs; additional $30 reimbursement each year for attending meetings at the recommendation of your physician. City employees and covered dependents age 18 and over with City medical coverage may enroll.
Enroll at wellness.weightwatchers.com with Employer ID: 62344, Employer Passcode: WW62344. You'll also need to include the Employee Number, the last 4 numbers of the participant's Social Security number, and credit card information. The address for all City of Seattle Weight Watchers' members is 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle WA 98104.
Go to Weight Watchers Services and Pricing, Reimbursement form.
Weight Watchers At-Work Meetings
Want the convenience of a Weight Watchers At-Work Meeting? Contact the City coordinator listed below for more details.
Benefits Unit: 5-1340
*Class closed until further notice. If you are interested in joining a new class at the end of October, contact Carolyn at 684-7832.
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Click here for Frequently Asked Questions, the Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking, Approaching Friends and Loved Ones, or How to Help When Coworkers Quit.
Regardless of where you are in the process, Quit for Life can help.
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- A Quit Guide designed to help you stay on track between calls
For nearly 20 years, Quit for Life has helped thousands of people quit using tobacco. Be one of them, and be free.
To enroll call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454).