CVM’s Work-Life/Wellness Program was implemented in an effort to keep nutrition, wellness, and balance at the forefront of employees’ minds. The different aspects of the program were developed based on feedback from employees across all offices, and the execution of program initiatives and activities are driven by Center representatives. It is our sincere hope that this program always represents the needs and desires of CVM employees and their quest to get healthy and stay healthy in all areas of life.
What We Offer
- Fitness Center Access. Because we believe that physical wellness should not be met with barriers, those employees working at both Laurel and Rockville campuses have access to an on-site fitness center at no cost.
- Health Center Access. In an effort to help keep our employees’ physical health in check, CVM’s health center offers walk-in care, on-site first aid, and the following services:
- General Health Counseling
- Emergency Response (AED)
- Cardiac Risk Profile (Cholesterol: TD,LDL,HDL and Glucose)
- Health Risk Appraisal (HRA: Paper or Online)
- Physical Examination by Physician (Parklawn health center only)
- Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Weight, and Vision
- PPD (tuberculosis test)
- Tetanus Booster Shot (effective for 10 years)
- Influenza (flu) Vaccine
- University of Maryland Extension Partnership. CVM believes strongly in the power of knowledge when it comes to employee wellness. The University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County, acts as a countywide educational system and is sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland, Montgomery County Government, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Past seminars presented to CVM as part of this partnership include Nutrition 101, Gardening for Nutrition, and Setting Wellness Goals and Strategies for Success.
- Volunteer Opportunities. Research shows that volunteer work is associated with overall life satisfaction, which links directly to overall wellness. Therefore, twice per year, a bulletin is circulated across the Center, to include organizations in the DC and Baltimore metro areas that are looking for volunteers. This allows employees who are looking for volunteer opportunities to find an organization that best fits their needs. Additional formal volunteer and donation opportunities have been organized as part of the Center’s wellness program as well, to include wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery, a suit drive to benefit the Salvation Army, and a supply drive to benefit the Washington Animal Rescue League.
- Healthy Destinations Program. Physical activity is a hallmark of overall wellness. The CVM Healthy Destinations program allows employees to log their exercise on a daily basis, providing updates at the Office level weekly. The purpose of the program is to keep employees motivated to meet their individual fitness goals while simultaneously encouraging the workforce as a whole to stay active and healthy while working toward overall organizational fitness objectives.
- Nursing Mothers Program. Wellness is a family affair. The following services are available to those employees currently breastfeeding, as part of FDA’s Nursing Mother’s Program:
- The use of lactation rooms (both Rockville and Laurel campuses)
- Access to consultation services with lactation specialist via telephone
- Monthly educational seminars
- The use of a Medela hospital grade pump
- In-person consultation
- Employee Assistance Program. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to assist with concerns that affect the quality of employee work and family lives. EAP Services are provided to all CVM employees via Federal Occupational Health (FOH) and provides valuable assistance, intervention and/or information that can assist employees in successfully addressing job-related or personal challenges.
Additional components of CVM’s Work-life/Wellness Program can be found here.