Employee Whole Health
Employee Whole Health is essential to our health and resiliency as an organization and represents a proactive model of well-being that is protective against stressors and challenges we face in our day to day lives. Focusing on “ME” through mindful awareness and self-discovery allows us to reflect on what matters most, and brings connection to our meaning, aspiration, and purpose to support true work-life integration. Below, find resources developed to assist you in giving attention to your health and wellbeing journey!
Employee Whole Health Monthly Highlights
A Stronger You in the New Year
We invite you to ring in the New Year by participating in A Stronger You program through Wellbeats, a free streaming platform available to you as a VA Eastern Kansas employee! This 14-day program is perfect for hitting the "reset" button and starting fresh. Participation in A Stronger You will provide a daily workout activity, and/or tips to help you become more resilient in mind and body.
Not quite what you're looking for? Log in to Wellbeats by clicking here to access over 1,000+ fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes for all ages, levels, abilities, and interests. Whether you’re an expert at yoga or new to running, looking for ways to eat healthy or only have 5 minutes to unwind, Wellbeats is for everyone.
If you have log in difficulties, please reach out to email@example.com for assistance.
Employee Whole Health Day - January 13, 2023
The National office for Employee Whole Health wants to honor and celebrate you as a VA employee! On Friday, January 13th you will have three opportunities to participate in a 15-minute acupressure practice to help reduce tension and instill relaxation. Be on the lookout for a Microsoft Teams link to join this opportunity!
Locally, we will be celebrating you by providing pinpoint pressure balls to further enhance the acupressure practice! These can be found in the Whole Health Relaxation Rooms on the main campuses. Pinpoint pressure balls will also be supplied to all CBOC locations. Please join us in honoring the work that you do by taking advantage of these relaxation practices and prioritizing your own Whole Health!
Begin Your Personal Journey Today
The Personal Health Inventory is a tool created to walk you through the Circle of Health and assist you in identifying your mission, aspiration, and purpose (MAP). Once your MAP is clearly identified, you can use this tool to help evaluate where you are and where you'd like to be in your health and wellbeing journey, and consider how your personal goals might best align with the things you value most. Download the file below to get started!
Health Coaching for Employees
Are you ready to prioritize your health and wellbeing, but not sure where to start? VA Eastern Kansas is proud to offer you individualized health coaching to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Our coaches will work with your schedule to find a convenient time to provide accountability, identify proactive goals, and help problem-solve barriers. Coaching can be offered virtually to all staff or face-to-face on the Topeka and Leavenworth campuses. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
VAEK Employee Whole Health Classes
Whole Health For You and Me
Whole Health For You and Me is a 4-hour experience designed to explore Whole Health and consider meaningful ways to improve your health and well-being! The goal of this program is to help you identify your mission, aspiration, and purpose, and understand how you can make changes in your life that help you work towards achieving your personal goals. Earn continuing education credits for your participation!
Whole Health Coaching Skills for Clinicians
Whole Health Coaching for Clinicians occurs in 2 hour segments over a 4-week period and is designed to be highly experiential, with an emphasis on taking coaching skills back to your clinical practice. The focus of this virtual course is on meeting Veterans where they are in readiness for change, providing information in a Veteran-centered fashion ( a ‘coach’ approach), and supporting actionable steps toward improving their health and wellbeing.
Employee Activity Committee
The Employee Activity Committee at VA Eastern Kansas is designed to create fun opportunities to connect colleagues and increase employee engagement. Stay tuned for upcoming activity announcements that will be available to you as we begin the 2023 New Year!
As a VAEK Employee, you have the opportunity to join a Veteran-owned CSA that will deliver goods directly to our Leavenworth, Topeka, and Lawrence CBOC facilities during the work day! Schenker Family Farms partners with multiple farms in the area to bring you fresh vegetables along with eggs, fresh farm meats, baked goods, and freezer meals. To learn more information and enroll, click on the flyer below.
Employee Whole Health Relaxation Rooms
In the midst of a busy work day, please remember that YOU matter! Our Employee Whole Health Relaxation Rooms are designed to give you protected space away from your duty station to engage in a mindful moment and rejuvenate. In these rooms, please enjoy the use of massage chairs, essential oils, yoga mats, exercise bands, and more! Relaxation rooms can be found in the following locations:
Topeka: Building 2, Room A2; Building 1, C519, G1 Key
Leavenworth: Building B, Room B111; Building 122, Room 240, any VA key will give you access
Pursue your health and physical fitness goals by utilizing the VAEK 24-hour employee fitness center! Enjoy the use of our cardio equipment, free weights, circuit machines, and resistance trainings. If you'd like to gain access to the employee gym, please email email@example.com to get started. Employee Fitness Centers are located at the following locations:
Topeka: Building 3, Ground floor at the end of the hall
Leavenworth: Building 71, A150