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Wellness Programs

Simply Well -- Wellness for You

As a Crouse Hospital employee, you have a number of programs and events to make your journey to personal health and well-being successful. Take advantage of the convenience and supportive environment as you make lifestyle changes along the way.


Smoking Cessation

Quitting is not easy. You may have short-term effects such as weight gain, irritability and anxiety. Some people try several times before succeeding. There are many ways to quit smoking. Some people stop "cold turkey." Others benefit from step-by-step manuals, counseling, medicines, products or treatments that help reduce nicotine addiction. These are provided at no charge to all Crouse Hospital employees through Employee Health Services. Contact Eileen Hall, NP, at 470-7582.

U.S. Government's BeFreeofTobacco Smoking Cessation Campaign

Weight Watchers

At Weight Watchers at Work meetings, you’ll find out all the latest information on eating right and living healthy. You’ll get the guidance you need to succeed and stay on track:

  • Expert advice and support.
  • Practical strategies to reach your goals.
  • Confidential weigh-in.
  • Interactive tools to stay on track between meetings when you subscribe to eTools.
The program emphasizes the need for a healthy, balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains — which is consistent with the USDA's new "My Plate."

You may be able to use your Flex Spending Account to cover the program's cost. You must pay for the Weight Watchers series upfront and then complete a paper claim form with your receipt and Letter of Medical Necessity from your doctor and submit both to PomcoGroup, which will then reimburse you. For more information, please contact PomcoGroup  directly on how to file a “manual claim."

Days: Thursdays
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 1 Memorial, Conference Room A
Contact: Sara Kohlbrenner at 470-8034
Weight Watchers at Work Program

Simply Well Monthly Lunch ‘n’ Learns

Mark your calendar and join us in the Small Cafeteria the third Thursday of the month for brief, but highly informative sessions on important health topics. Healthy snacks are served; feel free to bring your lunch. Drawing for a door prize.
Videos of Lunch & Learn Sessions

Special Wellness Activities

The Simply Well team plans special events during the year, such as the annual Winter Outing to Highland Forest and the Crouse Wellness Golf Tournament. Check the calendar often to see what's happening!

Mid-Week Meditation

Meditation is a mind-body practice in Complementary Medicine that originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. There are many different types. Generally, a person who is meditating uses certain techniques, such as a specific posture, focused attention, and an open attitude toward distractions. In meditation, a person learns to focus attention. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. Meditation may be practiced for reasons such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being.

Wednesdays - 12:40 to 1 p.m.
Bob Mahar Memorial Chapel, 1 Memorial
Contact: Dr. Scott Treatman at 470-7441

Onsite Massage Therapy

The Simply Well program is pleased to provide an opportunity for some much-needed relaxation at work!

Two New York State-certified massage therapists — Brian and Wayne — come to Crouse to provide chair massages to employees right in their departments. Both Brian and Wayne offer ten-minute and 20-minute appointments.

Monday: Wayne is at Crouse 1 to 3 p.m. each week
Thursday: Brian is at Crouse each week, between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. one week and then 1 to 5 p.m., alternating week to week.

Cost to employees is just 50 cents per minute; the Simply Well program subsidizes the balance. For example, if you schedule a 20-minute chair massage, the cost to you is $10. Cash only is accepted by Wayne. Cash, debit & credit cards are accepted by Brian.

Contact your Department Manager for information about scheduling an appointment.

Note to Crouse Managers: You must schedule for your department/unit by the Friday before the week of your appointments. To schedule a 50-minute block, visit the Crouse Hospital Intranet, Public Folders, Employee Health, Staff Massages. If you have questions, call Scott Treatman, DO, 315/470-7441.

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