A worksite wellbeing initiative conducted on-site and currently serving the employees of Pitkin County's Public Works Department as well as the City of Aspen's Parks & Recreation Department. The employees participating in these programs are revered workers whose service is essential to the daily functioning of the Roaring Fork Valley. These citizens are our valley's lifeblood and we aim to take excellent care of them. This program focuses on stretching, breathing exercises, mindfulness and healthy eating.
pitco public works
Every other Wednesday (Stress Recess occurs on alternating Wednesdays)
Pilot Period: 2/1/2017 - 8/12/2017
city of aspen parks + Rec
Pilot Period: 5/18/2017 - 11/11/2017
$75 Sponsor one employee for 1 month of weekly meditation instruction + healthy lunch
$150 Sponsors two employees for 1 month of weekly meditation instruction + healthy lunch
Commonly Asked Questions:
Q. What is a pilot period and why is it 6 months long?
A. ACW is very evidence-based. We’ve aggregated the data collected from our local population (an exhaustive library of it is here) and noticed some trends. Our programs are designed to address known stress factors using simple but effective interventions. We are utilizing our funds to invest in pilot programs that occur in the workplace at least once per week for consistency. We hire trained professionals to teach movement, breathing, and meditation on-site. We also occasionally offer chair massage to workers and provide healthy meals to integrate nutrition. By showing up consistently and with impactful programs, we are seeing the participants adopt lasting lifestyle changes that increase their wellbeing. We survey the participants before and after the 6-month pilot programs to measure the efficacy. In order for our organization to grow to reach more people, the pilot programs are 6 months in duration after which we present the findings to the work site’s leadership and ask that they budget to continue the offerings. When the employer begins investing resources in these programs, that indicates a shift in the organization’s culture. They now value the benefits enough to make them a part of how they operate.