Macon-Bibb County

Human Resources

“The U.S. Department of Human Health Services recommends 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week for moderate to substantial health benefits or vigorous physical activity 75-150 minutes per week and resistance training 2+ days per week addressing every major muscle group.  These research-based recommendations are backed by the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and more.”  For more info

Health and Wellness Division

Health and Wellness plays a key role in designing and managing workplace wellness programs. HR’s responsibilities with respect to wellness programs includes the following:

  • Advocating for the establishment of such programs to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Assessing wellness program options.
  • Designing and implementing various types of wellness programs.
  • Enlisting the help of experts when and where needed.
  • Communicating to employees about the organization’s wellness program components to encourage and increase participation in such programs.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs.
  • Monitoring changes in the law and in the global employment environment relative to wellness programs.
  • Making recommendations for and implementing improvements in wellness programs.

Some wellness benefits help employees deal with preventable and chronic conditions such as obesity, high glucose, and elevated cholesterol. Other wellness benefits are incentive programs designed to motivate employees to complete certain health and wellness activities such as annual health risk assessments, smoking cessation programs or weight loss programs. Often employers offer preventive health and wellness information through varied channels, including wellness publications or health fairs, to help make employees aware of wellness issues and provide them with tools to live a healthy lifestyle.

Shannon Dobbs

Wellness Coordinator/HR Generalist