LiveWell Resources

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Capital Bike Share Logo. Capital Bikeshare

  • Capital Bikeshare Membership Discounts :  Montgomery County Government employees may have access to a discounted annual membership to Capital Bikeshare for $25.00. This program is for Montgomery County Government employees only and will require signing into Office 365 to access Capital Bikeshare information and discounts.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

  • Member Website: Access your benefit information, print ID cards, find a doctor, and access health and wellness information.
  • Blue365: Blue 365 provides CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield members with discounts from national and local retailers on fitness gear, gym memberships, healthy eating options, and more.

Kaiser Permanente

  • Member Discounts: The ChooseHealthy program provides Kaiser Permanente members with access to discounts on fitness equipment, gym memberships, alternative and complimentary care.
  • Wellness Programs and Classes: Kaiser Permanente members have access to online, telephonic, and in-person resources such as classes, wellness coaching, and support groups.

Montgomery County Recreation Logo. Montgomery County Government (MCG)

The Montgomery County Employee Recreation Program offers two options: 1) The Total Rec Pass provides eligible MCG employees free access to all Montgomery County Recreation facilities, including all indoor and outdoor pools for lap and recreational swimming, and community centers for use of the exercise rooms, game rooms and open gym activities, and 2) the Family All Pool Pass offers a 20% discount to eligible MCG employees who purchase an Annual Family All Pool Pass. It provides access to four indoor pools all year long, and to seven outdoor pools during the summer months for lap and recreational swimming. Non-County residents must add $100 for the Family All Pool Pass.

Use the link below to complete and submit the online request form. You will receive a confirmation email once your pass has been approved and processed.

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/howto/employee-wellness.html

If you have questions regarding the program, please call the Recreation Department at 240-777-6840.
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EyeMed

  • Member website – EyeMed members can view benefits, search for a provider and find information about eye health.
  • Lasik Discount – EyeMed members may receive discounts on LASIK eye procedures and consultations.    
  • Hearing Discount – Through EyeMed’s partnership with Amplifon, participating EyeMed members have access to discounts on hearing services. 
Cigna
  • Member website Cigna members can review coverage, claim history and print ID cards. 
  • Active & Fit Discount -  Cigna members have access to over 8,000 fitness centers nationwide for $25 a month.

United Healthcare

  • myuhc.com: UnitedHealthcare members can manage claims, print ID cards, find a doctor, and access the Rally wellness program through myuhc.com.  
  • UnitedHealth Allies: UnitedHealth Allies is a health discount program for UnitedHealthcare members. Members can save up to 50% on a wide range of health-related products and services.

 

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Blue Cross Blue Shield Logo.

  • CareFirst Mobile Access: Members can locate a nearby urgent care facility, check coverage, and view claims and coverage.
  • Ready, Step, Go: County your steps, track your mileage, and create walking events with this free app.

CVS/Caremark

  • CVS/Caremark Mobile App: Use the pill identifier and drug interaction checkers to ensure you are taking medication safely. Members can also refill medications, check drug costs, and view medication history.

Kaiser Permanente

  • KP Mobile App: Kaiser members can find nearby facilities, contact their health care providers, schedule appointments, and see test results.

United Healthcare

  • Health4Me: UHC members can locate an ER or urgent care facility, ID card information, and contact a Registered Nurse 24/7 for health advice.

Cigna

  • MyCigna: Cigna members can find providers, track claims and deductibles, and see ID cards at any time. 

Virgin Pulse Logo. Virgin Pulse

  • Virgin Pulse App: Available for  iphone and  android devices, participants in the Virgin Pulse program can track points and levels earned, sync the Max fitness device, and add activities to the activity journal.
BurnAlong
  • Use the BurnAlong app to take fitness, mindfulness, or stress management classes anywhere!

 

 
 

 

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Wellness Champions are a team of employee volunteers who promote wellness within their department, share feedback with LiveWell about programs and employee interest, and are a generally awesome group of people who are passionate about wellbeing.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, creative employees who are willing to volunteer as Wellness Champions to help spread the word about wellness programs, share feedback about the County's wellness efforts, and host simple events for their department, like a walk at lunch or healthy potluck.

Do you think this might be you?  Contact LiveWell to find out more information about becoming a LiveWell Champion  We need at least one Champion per department--and more are welcome!

Topic Date Description Link to Recording
Giving Effective Feedback in Personal or Work Situations Augist 4, 2022 Giving effective feedback is difficult. Most people avoid opportunities to give constructive feedback and give infrequent and often unhelpful positive feedback. This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home. The training will offer multiple examples and provide participants with ample practice to learn how to give feedback that helps individuals improve performance. Giving Feedback
Social Skills Refresh! How to Have Good Conversations in Social Situations August 9, 2022 Worried that your social skills may have atrophied lately? Or just interested in some helpful tools for having good conversations? Then this is the session for you. This workshop reviews how to handle those awkward social interactions in which you’re not sure how to break the ice and how to respond to someone else’s efforts to do the same. Conversations in Social Situations
There is No Such Thing as the Perfect Parent May 25, 2022

Today’s diverse society makes it difficult to describe a typical family situation or define what characteristics make a “perfect parent.” This type of well-intended “perfect parenting” can lead to unanticipated problems. This workshop will address these problems and suggest ways to seek a balanced parenting approach.

Perfect Parent
Emotional Intelligence May 12, 2022 Emotional intelligence can improve our communications with all others, enhance our perception of satisfaction with ourselves and our lives and increase our productiveness overall. Learn tips, techniques, and skills for improving your emotional intelligence Emotional Intelligence

Languishing, Flourishing, and Your Mental Health

May 5, 2022

Recently employees have been asked to do their work differently and better in new and challenging ways, all while managing family life and personal responsibilities that seem never ending. This session provides more details and helpful ideas on how to balance all these tasks.

Mental Health
The Struggle is Real: Strategies for Time Management  August 26, 2021 Meet your deadlines, be on time for meetings and stop procrastinating! Most of us can become overwhelmed when we have a lot to do - responsibilities at work, planning our kid's birthday party, and remembering all the details of daily life. This seminar will discuss realistic strategies for more effective time management. Some of the things we'll review are managing email clutter, the roots of procrastination and keeping yourself motivated. Time Management
Being Adaptive In An Ever-Changing World August 25, 2021

“Because we’ve always done it like that,” may not be the best answer to, “Why do we do the things we do?” In our ever-changing world, we are seeing shifts in our markets and economies, our cultural norms, our behaviors, and ourselves. Now is the time to thrive by learning how to be adaptive and to be consistently able to change yourself to accommodate and maximize the benefits of change.

Being Adaptive
Informed or Infirmed? Healthy Media Consumption And Social Media Usage August 19, 2021 Are your media consumption habits helping you make good decisions or are they making you sick? The news and social media are significant sources of stress and anxiety for many people. Participating in social media discussions, reading newspapers, following your favorite political pundits and watching election news on TV can help you feel informed and engaged. If you’re not careful, however, you may use media in unhealthy ways that make you feel worse. This training can help you implement healthy media consumption habits that don’t damage your mental and physical well-being. Informed or Infirmed?
The Psychology Behind Saving Money and Other Good Financial Habits June 24, 2021 Most people can honestly say they believe it’s important to spend within their means and to save money for the future. Unfortunately, good intentions are often at odds with how our mind works. For example, many people want to save for the future but have no motivation to because they have not imagined that future. This course addresses the psychology behind saving money and adopting good financial habits. It will examine recent research related to how and why people save vs. spend and identify strategies for participants to change their financial mindset and develop new habits. Saving Money
Staying Healthy as You Age May 19, 2021 Preparing to age healthy starts at a young age. The recent view on aging has become "it's a matter of mind" and it's all about how you feel! With longevity, we are seeing more chronic disease and conditions. Naturally, genetic makeup plays a part in the aging process too. However, adopting healthy habits and behaviors will contribute to a productive and meaningful life as you age.  Learn how perception, nutrition and lifestyle play key roles in healthy aging. The goal is to enjoy the golden years, start here when you participate in this session. Healthy Aging
Moving with Low Back Pain March 30, 2021 Believe it or not, movement is key to alleviating back pain. Learn the best exercises, stretches, and mindset to help you train and manage your back pain. Moving with Pain
Managing Low Back Pain March 24, 2021 Nearly 54% of working Americans have had back pain in their life. Having back pain is more than 1 isolated issue, it can lead to obesity, depression, and other chronic issues. Learn about the causes, prevention, and maintenance for lower back pain. Managing Pain
A Smart Approach to Mobility  March 17, 2021 Learn about the joint by joint approach and gain a better understanding of how you should manage stretching, mobility, stability, and balance. This is the first step in truly understanding pain management. Mobility
How to Communicate with Your Teen March 2, 2021 Does it feel like you and your teen are on different planets? Communication styles and timing might help close the gap. If you want to get through to your teen you have to think like a teen (in modern times). In this session we will learn how to communicate with them. When and how to address an issue or situation. Communicate
Get Smart About Your Heart: Maximize The
Top 3 Predictors of Successful Relationships 
February 16, 2021 Growing a great relationship starts with knowing which ingredients matter most. Built on groundbreaking relationship research, this seminar will reveal the top 3 predictors of successful relationships, along with things that matter less than you'd think. You'll also learn practical strategies to help you invest your energy where it counts. Get Smart About Your Heart
Emotional Intelligence September 15, 2020 Implementing discipline over our emotional life is difficult and requires lifelong practice. Being able to choose to act or respond in a particular manner is preferable to re-acting on a consistent basis, yet it is difficult. Enhancing emotional intelligence improves our ability to master our emotional functioning. High emotional intelligence can improve our communications with all others, enhance our perception of satisfaction with ourselves and our lives and increase our productiveness overall. Emotional
“Let’s Talk Politics”: How to Have Impassioned Disagreements Without Damaging Relationships September 3, 2020 Most people believe their social and political views are based on fact and reflect their important values. Therefore, having conversations about sensitive topics such as politics, racism, and social issues can cause strain on relationships with friends, family and co-workers. Instead of allowing political discussions to destroy these relationships, what if we could use these conversations to examine our own beliefs, look at facts and find common ground? Politics
Strengthening Your Ability to Empathize August 17, 2020 Everyone has heard the saying to “walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicate more effectively and build better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy. Empathize
Being an Effective Manager During COVID 19 n/a The way we manage our departments and staff, as well as our personal lives, during this time of the coronavirus pandemic is new to everyone. In  Being An Effective Manager During The COVID-19 Pandemic , we discuss suggestions and tips to help you in your job as a manager. Effective Manager
Self-Isolating Together During the Pandemic n/a The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in our everyday lives. We’re now spending more time than ever with the people we love. While there are many benefits to this added family time there are certainly struggles as well. Juggling multiple schedules, emotions and needs - all in one space - can be challenging. This session will help you navigate your relationship with your partner/spouse and kids while supporting your own wellbeing. Self-Isolating
Tools to Handle COVID 19-Related Stress n/a This workshop focuses on specific activities to reduce stress caused by COVID-19. Participants will review proven stress-reducing techniques such as: being accountable and recognizing the choices we can make, engaging in meaningful activities, and taking breaks for a moment of personal renewal. Tools
Managing Worry and Anxiety Amid COVID 19 n/a The COVID-19 pandemic has generated severe disruption, fear and even panic around the world.  Managing Worry & Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic  addresses how to distinguish helpful worry from anxiety-provoking worry and how to identify ways to manage the experience of anxiety. Managing Worry
How Emotions Impact Eating During a Crisis n/a In Why Can’t I Stop Eating? How Emotions Impact Our Eating During the COVID-19 Pandemic learn about the relationship between emotions and food consumption, strategies for recognizing emotional eating, and tips about eating for physiological,  not emotional reasons. Eating During Crisis
Difficult Conversations During A Time Of Unrest Across America June 3, 2020 Millions of people across the country have read about and watched footage from tragic events over the past several days.  It’s normal for events like this to generate strong feelings, which often carry over to conversations at home and at the workplace.  Conversations about polarizing issues that surface can be tense or even downright destructive.  Avoiding such conversations is not always a good solution.  For children, events like this can help shape their belief systems.  It’s important for adults to pay attention to the way they respond to children during these times.  In this webinar, we’ll discuss ways to have healthy discussions about polarizing topics without damaging your important relationships.  We’ll also discuss productive ways to talk about the events with children. Unrest Across America
Mental Fitness for Optimal Brain Power April 29. 2020 Engaging regularly in certain behaviors and activities, like physical exercise, addressing  mental health issues, meditation, and learning a  new language or musical instrument, support  new wiring and can make existing pathways  stronger. Essentially, we can slow down or  somewhat prevent cognitive decline by doing  challenging mental exercises to keep our brains  fit for optimal power.  Mental Fitness
Ergonomics n/a Whether you’re an experienced remote employee or have suddenly found yourself working from home, ergonomics is essential to setting up your home workstation for success. Learn basic guidelines on workstation ergonomics to help you stay healthy and productive while working from home. Ergonomics
Connecting Mind and Body for Healthy Living April 23, 2020 Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right.  Learn more about the thoughts and behaviors associated with good emotional health and tips on maintaining healthy behaviors during more difficult times. Mind and Body
Counseling & Therapy, Demystified April 15, 2020 At one time or another, everyone experiences symptoms of mental illness. Too frequently the response to these symptoms in the workplace is confusion, fear, judgement, avoidance and outright rejection.  This webinar is designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to promote ways of supporting one another in the workplace.  Counseling and Therapy
Mental Health Awareness April 9, 2020 At one time or another, everyone experiences symptoms of mental illness. Too frequently the response to these symptoms in the workplace is confusion, fear, judgement, avoidance and outright rejection.  This webinar is designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to promote ways of supporting one another in the workplace. Mental Health
Where Are You Going? Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Success March 25, 2020 Goal setting allows you to choose where you want to go in your personal life as well as your professional career. A life without goals is like a road trip without a map. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you are less likely to get lost, and you will be happier and less frustrated along the way. Goal Setting
Emotional Eating: The Connection Between Mood and Food March 12, 2020 This webinar will address the relationship between emotions and food consumption and how to retrain your body and mind to recognize the cues of hunger and to eat for physiological and not emotional reasons. Emotional Eating
Navigating Your Work From Home Transition Due to the Coronavirus N/A
During this time where organizations are asking or requiring employees to work from home, there can be a lot of reactions and unknowns. We are also offering this webinar to help navigate the common feelings regarding change and uncertainty. It will also address how to set up your environment, routine, and self for success in a remote work environment.
Work from Home Transition
The Successful Single Parent February 20, 2020 As the sole parent in your household, you are faced with extra challenges in raising your child. Finding the time and the energy to be a full-time parent and home and income provider without the regular help of a partner will require a special commitment. This webinar will provide tips and suggestions to those parents who are juggling their family obligations single handedly. Single Parent
Resolving Conflict at Home and with Family February 12, 2020 Communication is the cornerstone of all relationships. It reinforces trust and acts as a method by which you can share your problems, frustrations, fears, anxieties, hopes and successes. Conflict is a part of life and exists in relationships. In fact, a relationship with no apparent conflict may be unhealthier than one with frequent conflict. Learn ways to communicate positively and resolve conflict. Without Conflict
After the Holidays: Managing That Debt February 6, 2020 Did you spend more for the holidays than you intended and worried about how you will pay your debts off? Holiday shopping can sink even the best budget if one is not careful. Learn how to get out of debt quickly and effectively and take steps to make sure you don’t end up in debt again next year. Managing Debt
Sleep: An Essential Component of Health and Well-Being January 22, 2020 Research has shown that many Americans are notoriously sleep deprived. While many people look towards improving their health through diet and exercise, sleep is often overlooked.  This webinar provides the latest findings regarding the importance of sleep and suggestions on how to improve their sleep according to priority and quality measures. Sleep
Healthy Food Choices on the Go January 16, 2020 Don’t allow changes in your normal routine to cause you to fall off track with good nutrition. Whether you are a frequent traveler, packing meals to bring to work or spending more time in your car lately, this webinar will help you identify opportunities to improve your food choices no matter what situation you find yourself in. Healthy Food
Overcoming Procrastination January 9, 2020 Are you simply putting off doing what will still be in your in-box tomorrow? Pushing important tasks and projects off until later can cause emotional anguish and keep you from accomplishing professional and personal goals. This webinar will provide you with techniques and strategies to overcome procrastination in your work and personal life. Procrastination
Healthy Lifestyles: Changing the Way You Think About Diet and Exercise December 12, 2019 It seems that every week a new study is published on ways to control weight and increase fitness through changes in diet and exercise. This webinar provides an overview of safe and effective strategies to improve overall fitness through manageable changes in diet and exercise. Diet and Exercise
Understanding the Importance of Credit in Today’s Economy December 5, 2019 In today’s economy, having good credit is more essential than ever. Credit affects everything from a person’s ability to get loans and the price they pay on loans to other issues. Learn more about the importance of your credit score and the steps needed to improve it.  Understanding Credit
Cutting Through the Clutter November 20, 2019 Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them, including productivity, self-esteem,  social life and even weight! When surrounded by clutter, it can seem impossible to focus or have clarity about life. Recognizing the source of your clutter problem can empower you to begin to address the problem.  Clutter
From Smoker to Smoke Free November 15, 2019 It can be very difficult to quit using tobacco, whether you smoke, dip or chew it. What may seem like a casual, relaxing habit can quickly turn into a serious, expensive addiction that gradually takes a toll on your health. Protect yourself by learning about treatment options and begin the process of quitting today! Smoke Free
Domestic Violence Awareness October 17, 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, forms of domestic violence could affect up to 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in America at some point in their lifetime. Domestic violence is not limited to physical forms of battery or abuse. This webinar is designed to provide not only facts and statistics but also an understanding that help is available through a wide variety of resources. Domestic Violence
Developing Will Power and Self Control to Change Behavior October 10, 2019 Establishing self-control over behaviors such as overeating, smoking, shopping, gambling and other addictive behaviors can be extremely difficult and discouraging. This webinar will address the nature of will power and how to develop self control for effective behavioral change. Developing Will Power
Building Relationships with your Adult Children August 21, 2019 Parenting is a tricky business. For the first 20 or so years of your child’s life, your job is to teach and guide them, often giving unsolicited advice and overriding their choices. Then comes the day they grow up and are on their own and you have to loosen your grip and get to know your kids as independent adults. In this webinar, you will learn tips on building a strong relationship with your children Building Relationships
Bringing Out the Best in Others August 8, 2019 Whether in your personal or your professional life, are you the kind of person that brings out the best in others? Some people seem to have a knack for challenging, motivating and inspiring their friends, family members and coworkers. In this webinar you’ll learn how to do your part to make sure others are at their best around you. Bring Out the Best
Kids and the Internet: Becoming a Cyber Savvy Parent July 11, 2019 Children are learning how to use computers and get online at younger ages— many are more computer-savvy than their parents! Tune in to learn more about keeping your children safe from potential threats online. Cyber Savvy
Options for Financing College June 12, 2019 For the average family, funding a college education will be one of the significant challenges they will face during their lifetime. Having a basic understanding of proper planning techniques, savings vehicles, financial aid as well as other funding methods will be discussed. This session will cover the most effective strategies for planning and funding the rising costs of a college education. Financing College
Understanding Depression May 16, 2019

Many people still believe that the emotional symptoms caused by depression are “not real,” and that a person should be able to shake it off. Because of this, people with depression either may not recognize that they have a treatable disorder or may be discouraged from seeking or staying on treatment due to feelings of shame and stigma. This webinar will identify the symptoms associated with depression, possible causes and treatments.

Understanding Depression
The Emotionally Healthy Teen May 3, 2019

The teenage years are a period of major social, hormonal and emotional change and can be difficult both for the teens and their families. Finding the most effective way to meet your child’s need for independence and increased responsibility while keeping them safe and healthy is a challenge. Knowing how to talk with your teen about, and identify symptoms of, depression, suicide and eating disorders can help you assist your teen in navigating adolescence successfully.

Healthy Teen
Loving You: Boosting Self Esteem and Acceptance March 21, 2019 Somewhere along the way, many of us have replaced our positive self-regard with a critical voice. To live a fulfilling, serene, happy life, we must learn to love and accept ourselves, flaws and all. Tune in to learn the basics of self-acceptance and factors that contribute to a poor self-image. Loving You
Forgiving Yourself and Others February 20, 2019 Become a happier, healthier person with better relationships by practicing forgiveness. We can forgive ourselves, just as we can forgive others, without having to become victims. Using reflection, compassion and accountability can help us to forgive. Forgiving
Get Moving, An Introduction to Exercise January 10, 2019 The exercise and fitness industry today is saturated with new equipment, technology and ever-changing trends. Exercise doesn’t have to be and should not be so complicated. In this workshop, we revisit the basic concepts of exercise, benefits of exercise, types of exercise, and how to begin and progress your exercise program safely. Get Moving
From Smoker to Smoke Free November 11, 2018 It can be very difficult to quit using tobacco, whether you smoke, dip or chew it. What may seem like a casual, relaxing habit can quickly turn into a serious, expensive addiction that gradually takes a toll on your health. Protect yourself by learning about treatment options and begin the process of quitting today! Smoke Free
When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's September 11, 2018 When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease the impact on family and caregivers is enormous. This course will address some of the basic considerations involved in caring for and communicating with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer's
The Power of Voice: Speech Techniques to Help You Be Heard August 9, 2018 Our most powerful tool is our voice, but not everyone knows how to harness theirs effectively. Help yourself standout in a crowd with The Power of Voice
School's Out: Getting Everyone Through the Summer July 12, 2018 For many working families, summer brings the challenges of balancing the demands of adult work schedules with the desire to provide safe, fun activities for children. School's Out
Managing Your Emotions in the Workplace June 14, 2018 Everyone experiences emotions at work. We get frustrated with bosses giving more work when they don't understand how much work we already have. More+
We get upset with coworkers who don't do their jobs, so we can't do ours. We get angry with irate customers who don't realize we are only trying to help. We worry about an uncertain future. But with all these emotions, most people don't think they have anything to do with how they are feeling. They believe their emotions are a result of an external cause. That just isn't true.
Managing Your Emotions in the Workplace
Civility in the Workplace June 4, 2018 The prevalence and costs of incivility are on the rise in organizations. When employees are exposed to incivility in the workplace, they experience diminished self-control, which in turn creates increased incivility toward co-workers Civility in the Workplace
Standing Tall: Handling Bullies at School May 24, 2018 Ask any child what a bully is and, most likely, he or she will give you a pretty good definition. Sadly, More+
bullying is something that most children encounter in one form or another. While some people say that bullying is just part of growing up, recent incidents of school violence, which are linked to bullying, demonstrate that this is an issue to be taken seriously.
Standing Tall:
The Emotionally Healthy Teen: More+
Dealing With Issues of Substance Abuse, Depression, Suicide and Eating Disorders.
May 17, 2018 The teenage years are a period of major social, hormonal and emotional change and can be difficult both for the teens as well as their families More+
Finding the most effective way to meet your child’s growing need for independence and increased responsibility as well as keep them safe and healthy is a challenge for many parents. Knowing how to talk with your teen about, and identify symptoms of, depression, suicide and eating disorders can help you assist your teen in navigating adolescence successfully.
The Emotionally Healthy Teen:
Learning to Relax April 12, 2018 Stress is experienced in the body as tension. To manage stress we have several choices: reduce or eliminate the stressor, think about the stressor differently... Learning to Relax