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February 2011 If you would like to learn more about the Rising Stars Group, go to their iNet page. Hope to see these Stars and others who want to be involved on March 24 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m at G.T. Bray! The Crosley Estate was packed with Manatee County’s Rising Stars on Feb. 24! This group of energetic and enterprising minds got together to discuss what they can do to make Manatee County Government a better place to work, live & play.


  • ManateE-zineFor Employees by Employees February 2011

    The Crosley Estate was packed with Manatee Countys Rising Stars on Feb. 24! This group of energetic and enterprising minds got together to discuss what they can do to make Manatee County Government a better place to work, live & play.

    If you would like to learn more about the Rising Stars Group, go to their iNet page.

    Hope to see these Stars and others who want to be involved on March 24 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m at G.T. Bray!

  • 2 Your Benefits websiteDont forget to access www.ManateeYour- for the monthly calendar.

    Each month a new calendar is posted with

    all the programs and services being offered that monthsuch as,

    Group Fitness Schedule, Qualifying

    Questions of the Week, Diabetes Workshops,

    Tobacco Courses, Nutri-tion and Weight Loss

    Classes, Special Programs and more.

    Employee Health BenefitsGo Red for Women

    In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older mans disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the Ameri-can Heart Association created Go Red For Women a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

    In honor of Go Red Day on Feb. 4, the Manatee YourChoice Health Plan/ Center for Health & Lifestyle Manage-ment sponsored a Go Red Walking Clinic to show support for the fight against heart disease. Over 30 county employees showed their support by wearing red and participating in this clinic. Way to go!

    Healthy Heart Kudos!By Robyn Golabek, RN

    Did you know that Heart Disease is the number one killer in the U.S.? There are more deaths from heart disease than all cancers combined! Heart disease and strokes account for 34.3% of all U.S. deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    (CDC) and costs over $500 billion per year ($250 billion more than cancer).

    The Cardiac Health for Life Program is now in its second year! We have several members that have joined this personal coaching pro-gram and began life style changes to improve their heart health. These members have chosen to improve their nutrition and begin a weekly exercise program in an effort to con-trol their cholesterol and blood pressure.

    Cara Boyer is an example of one of our mem-bers who has significantly changed her heart health. She has cut her risk of a heart attack in half! Cara lost 44 pounds this past year, dropped her cholesterol by 41 points and her triglycerides by 191 points, dropped her systolic blood pressure by 31 points and went off of her blood pressure medicine!! Cara said that she has more energy, an im-proved quality of life, and stated No amount

    of money can buy how good I feel right now.

    The CDC indicates that improvement in heart health can save an average of $2000 per year per person. So be sure to con-gratulate and thank Cara for making her lifestyle changes not only for a better quality of life but she just saved the Health Plan and you money!

    You can find out more about the Cardiac Health for Life Program at or call me, Robyn Golabek, Your-Choice Nurse Advocate, at 748-4501 x 6411.Cara Boyer

  • 3Power Speakers of MCGInternational Speech and Table Topics Club ContestBy Phyllis Strong, Building & Development ServicesThe MCG Toastmasters Club hosted the International Speech and Table Topics club contest on Friday February 11, 2011 in the Board of County Commissioners Board Chambers at the Manatee County Adminis-tration Building.

    The first competi-tion was for the top two Table Topic contestants. Table Topics are where one question is posed to all partici-pants competing and the winners are chosen from the two highest scoring participants. The two Table Topic winners chosen were Deborah Carey-Reed and Nick Azzara.

    The top scoring speech winners were Kelli Polanski and Rossina Leider.

    This contest was to determine which of our fine speakers would participate in the area Speech contest that was held Saturday February 26 at Wingate Inns and Suites.

    Top: Kelli Polanski, Rossina Leider

    Right: Deborah Carey-Reed

    Wellness Champions - What a resource!By Karen Windon, County Administrators OfficeWho and what are these Wellness Champions you keep hearing about? These are the 20+ coworkers throughout the county who have a high interest in health and wellness, and who have volunteered to be an advocate for their fellow employees in engaging in wellness and health management activities. They will be your encouragement as you decide to increase your activity level and step into new challenges. They will be resources as you try to find the best activities, the best eating plan, and make the best choices in your health. They will be promoting fun and fitness events for your workplace so everyone benefits from our excellent wellness plan. The Champions serve to make it easier to achieve wellness by focus-ing on the needs of the employees at each worksite. They will take that knowledge and

    understanding and work with our wellness team in brainstorming ideas that will meet the needs of their co-workers.

    Research has shown the importance of a healthy worksite environment in our overall life satisfaction and improved quality of life. When activity is present in our lives in appro-priate quantities and levels, we not only feel better about ourselves, but we are less an-noyed by the small things in life.

    One of our Champions has inspired me to achieve one of my fitness goals. I had been thinking about getting back into running (my last race was a 15K in 1989!), but I was more than a little embarrassed about how out of shape I am. My Champion told me about a great site ( or Couch to 5K) that could help me ease back into running without destroying my health or my ego, and showed me a great phone app that would help me track my progress. I wouldnt have done it without that encouragement from my Cham-pion. Will I run a 5K? I dont know and it doesnt matter what matters is that I have a fitness goal and I am enjoying trying to achieve it. Thanks, Champion!

    Champions all over the county are doing great things. Diana Wilkerson & Catherine Clontz, Utilities, are combining goals of fitness and philanthropy by creating a Walk A Thon as their fund raiser for United Way this year. Vicki Comarsh-White and Mike Neuges, Community Services, are developing an exercise where you are program by posting simple stretches at frequently visited locations (copy machine, water cooler). The goal is to encourage stress relief, posture and circula-tion, and improve morale and productivity. Many other programs are in the works!

    Wellness is something we need to integrate into our daily lives. Make positive health decisions as natural to your day as breathing! Thinking about some greasy potato chips? Try a few natural almonds instead. Going to jump in the elevator to ride a few flights? Take the stairs instead. Want to climb Mt. Everest? Get fit first. Have questions? Ask a Champion!

    Your Wellness ChampionsCandace Carver- PlanningDiana L. Wilkerson- UtilitiesCandie Pedersen- Parks and RecreationJohn D. Lee- Information TechnologyMaria Allen- Public Safety

    Toastmasters Meeting Dates

    3/4-Public Works 26th Avenue Conf Rm B

    3/11-Public Works 26th Avenue Conf Rm B

    3/18-Cty Admin Bldg. Osprey Room 4th fl.

    3/25-Cty Admin Bldg Osprey Room 4th fl.

  • 4Employee of the MonthLarry Ewain, Utilities

    1. What does your job entail? Why is it important? Educate the public on Solid Waste issues, enforce the County ordinance, check waste haulers for franchise agreements.

    2. What is the most interesting part of your job? Daily challenges of the job.

    3. What is the strangest thing that has happened on the job? Finding someone sleeping in the dumpsters.

    Jim Larsen- Pub Safety EMSJane Connolly- Neighborhood ServicesCatherine K. Clontz- UtilitiesSandra M. Zabriske- MSO/CPIDDep. Jane Casey- MCSO Patrol TRU D2Jessica Smith- PurchasingJeff Lightburne- Parks and RecMary Moeller- Public Works/ Traffic OpKay Rogers- Public WorksMyra Jane Oliver- Public WorksConnie Shingledecker- MSO/ Investigative BureauLuz McQuiston- Neighborhood ServicesErnie McFarland- Public SafetySharon Barhorst- Information TechnologyBobby Windham- Property AppraiserKatie Gilmore- UtilitiesRon Kennedy- Public WorksLenell Houser- PatrolJennifer Glassburn- ARCRobert Spencer III- FingerprintKayse Hasiak- Utilities Central LabDarrell Whitfield- Public/Works Storm WaterVikki Comarsh- White- Community ServicesChristine Chapman- TransitKim Godbee- County Administrators Office

    4. Where are you from? Hancock, New York

    5. What are your hobbies? Building things, riding my Harley, helping others.

    6. Did you attend college? Where? What did you study? Yes. University of Mass, NHLA

    7. If you were stranded on an island and could have 3 items, what would they be and why? Bottle of rum, good women, unlimited supply of cigars

    8. What did you want to be when you were a kid? Grown up.

    9. Do you have any pets? A Pomeranian, name Essie, she is 11 years old.

    10. Whats your favorite song at the moment?Real Good Man by Tim McGraw.

    Kudos CornerTo view the kudos information, click on the link which will take you to the PDF file on the iNet.

    January 2011

    Team EffortAndy Fisher, Public Works Infrastructure Inspections ManagerCindy Blake, Buildings Permitting Services Manager

    Building DepartmentCindy Blake, Permitting Service