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Lunch & Learn

These sessions are provided to City of Seattle employees during the lunch hour so that you have access to health information such as starting a walking program, tips for getting your family active, nutrition, and additional topics.

Health promotion lunch and learn dates and times are posted throughout the year on the Benefits Calendar.

Example Sessions
  • Activating Your Motivation
  • Time is on My Side
  • Maximize Your Energy-Stress Management
  • Balancing Home and Work Life
  • Making Your Money Work for You

Health and Wellness Fairs

The City of Seattle Personnel Department organizes health and wellness fairs each year for City employees. During the month of March you may attend a fair either at a downtown, north, or south Seattle location. There are a wide range of health checks to choose from such as bone density, blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index. In addition, health and wellness professionals staff the fairs to provide information on a variety of topics: nutrition, acupuncture, quitting tobacco, sun protection, and physical activity to name a few.

The wellness fairs are posted on the Benefits Calendar during the months of February and March.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Regular blood pressure screenings are scheduled in the Seattle Municipal Tower. Look for screening dates at personnelweb/benefits/home.aspx

Flu Shot Program

In the fall, the City of Seattle organizes flu shot clinics at multiple work site locations so that it is convenient for employees to get the vaccine that protects you, your family members, and co-workers. The flu shot program schedule is posted on the Benefits Calendar during the months of October-December.

The following are facts about the influenza vaccine according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
  • Influenza can be prevented with safe, effective vaccines.
  • To protect young children more than 6 months of age from influenza and its complications, adults, other household members of young children, and out-of-home caregivers of children more than 6 months should be vaccinated.
  • On average, 36,000 people in the U.S. die each year from influenza and complications arising from influenza, including an average of 92 deaths each year in children more than 5 years old. Greater than 90% of those deaths occur in persons 65 years and older.
  • During the 1990's, an average of 200,000 people were hospitalized each year for influenza-related complications.
  • Total direct hospitalization costs of a severe influenza epidemic are estimated to be over $3 billion.
  • Inactivated influenza vaccine is paid for by Medicare Part B if the health care provider accepts the Medicare-approved payment amount.
  • Because influenza viruses can change from year to year and because protection from the vaccine does not last more than 1 year, an annual influenza immunization is necessary each fall.
  • Influenza vaccine will not protect you from respiratory infections caused by viruses other than influenza. Many respiratory illnesses are often called "the flu", but only some of these illnesses are actually caused by the influenza virus.
  • Influenza can worsen chronic heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, and can lead to bacterial or viral pneumonia.

Mobile Mammography Week

Check for breast cancer and participate in the mobile mammography event during the third week in July at a downtown location. Look for scheduling information during June and July through e-mail flyers, Take Charge newsletter, and the benefits calendar.