On Wednesday, June 5, several employees from the Oneida Indian Nation’s Government Programs and Services departments enjoyed a healthy lunch at the Nation’s Cookhouse to celebrate completing Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s blue4u program.

The program is in its fourth year with the Oneida Indian Nation and provides employees with numerous resources to monitor their health and exercise progress. Its goal is to promote healthy living through wellness education, telephone health coaching, and fun team challenges that test the mind and body.

In order to successfully complete the program, employees must accumulate 50 points, which are earned by completing activities with your group or participating in a number of health screenings or presentations, over a nine month period beginning in September. Employees that complete the program are eligible to attend the luncheon and are awarded a certificate along with either a $100 Turning Stone Resort Casino gift card, $100 credit toward a Planet Fitness membership, or a Fitbit.

The Nation’s GP&S Programs Coordinator, Pat Catalano, says the program is a great way for employees to be mindful of their health and wellness, even when on the job.

“We had 44 employees complete the program, which was fantastic,” Pat said before the luncheon. “Excellus’ program is a great way for GP&S employees to get active and involved individually and within their departments.”

Vice President of Human Resources, Dana Sovocool, was also in attendance to offer his congratulations to the employees that completed the program and thank everyone involved in making it a success for four straight years.

blue4u is a voluntary program through Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and powered by Interactive Health Solutions, Inc. to help participants learn more about their current health and how to make improvements moving forward.