South Bay UNAC/UHCP Members Trick, Treat and Trek for Health

November 2010

Group exercise

Kaiser South Bay UNAC/UHCP members joined their colleagues at the medical center’s second annual Trick, Treat and Trek 5K Run/Walk and Thrive Fair on October 27, as part of Kaiser Permanente's Healthy Workforce program. The program was negotiated as part of Kaiser's 2005 National Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, which includes UNAC/UHCP.

The Trick, Treat and Trek event is one of the first Healthy Workforce activities hosted in Kaiser’s Southern California region, where the program is being piloted at the South Bay and Riverside medical centers. Kaiser South Bay expects to schedule at least four similar events throughout the year, and is planning to offer cooking classes and onsite access to an organic farmers market. Full implementation of the Healthy Workforce program across Southern California is planned for 2012.

Teresa Alcala, RN KSB Treasurer and Angela Gonzalez, RN 2010 KSB Contract Specialist

left to right: Teresa Alcala, RN, KSBHPA Treasurer and Angela Gonzalez, RN, 2010 Kaiser South Bay Contract Specialist

Trick, Treat and Trek participants took part in three five-mile run/walks through Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, located directly across from Kaiser South Bay Medical Center. The day's festivities included games and other activities, such as a “Thriller” and "Electric Slide" dance-off, a children’s 1K, an inflatable bounce house and the Kaiser South Bay Thrive Fair.

Kaiser staff members are asked to complete a total health assessment (THA), which is a quick and easy tool that provides health coaching and creates a individualized health action plan to help employees achieve their personal health goals. For every THA completed by a KP employee or physician in 2010, Healthy Workforce will donate $50 to a KP Community Benefit charity.

When was the last time you took an in-depth inventory of your health? To complete a THA online and get information regarding Kaiser employee wellness programs, healthy living and workplace tips and an employee assistance program to sort out workplace or personal challenges, visit insidekp.kp.org/healthyworkforce