Benefits - Physical Well-Being
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 Resources for Living 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:
To access services, contact Resources for Living at:
Telephone: 1-888-272-7252 (or TTY 1-888-879-8274)
Your Counseling Benefit
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 Resources for Living 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 Resources for Living if your supervisor requests. You may always schedule your appointments during non-work hours.
Other Services and Resources
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. If you experience issues with the site, please call the Weight Watchers Hotline at 866-204-2885.
Want the convenience of a Weight Watchers At-Work Meeting? Contact the City coordinator listed below for more details.
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