Employee Health & Wellness

Wellness challenge accepted at Wasco State Prison‑Reception Center

Two men and one woman stand in front of the Wasco State Prison Reception Center holding wellness challenge prizes.
Some of the February Wellness Challenge winners were, from left, Vice Principal David Fernandez, Warden Shirley, and A-Yard Correctional Counselor Charles Jackson.

By Alexis Quiles, Office Technician
Community Resource Manager’s Office

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center has implemented a way to help employees achieve work-life balance: a monthly Employee Wellness Challenge.

The Community Resource Manager’s Office and Executive leadership developed an elective wellness challenge. Participating employees are assigned tasks such as physical activities, self-care and mindfulness.

Institution employees receive emails with each day’s challenge, based on activities related to the new CDCR Wellness App. Geared toward law enforcement employees, the new app is full of activities and information.

After employees complete a set number of the activities, they are eligible for a monthly giveaway. They can win prizes donated by the WSP-RC Employee Liaison Committee (ELC) and Mental Health Department.

The February challenge yielded considerable employee participation. Those who took part varied in classification, ranging from correctional officers and correctional counselors, to teachers, nurses, and others.

Working in a correctional environment can be stressful. That’s why the wellness initiative helps remind employees to practice self-care. Without that work-life balance, the employee can be risking their mental, physical, and emotional health.

The effort aims to give employees the necessary tools to maintain a healthy mind and body. WSP-RC will continue to offer the monthly challenge to its employees in help to raise awareness and encourage their employees to stay healthy.

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