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Section V - Well-Being Programs
Broward County > Benefits > Section V - Well-Being Programs

The County provides programs and resources designed to help employees such as:

  • Donated Leave Program
  • Florida Pre-paid College Program
  • Health Stations
  • Wellness Incentive Programs
  • Wellness Resource Centers
  • Wellness Seminars and Health Fairs
  • Educational Seminars on Deferred Comp, Retirement, DROP, Social Security, Legal Issues, etc.

DONATED LEAVE PROGRAM

Benefit-eligible employees, who meet certain criteria, may donate a portion of their accrued annual leave and sick leave to other qualified employees.

Annual leave may be donated/received in the event of a non-workers’ compensation serious* illness or injury typically requiring surgery or hospitalization of an:

  • employee
  • employee’s child, stepchild (if domiciled in the employee’s household,) parent, spouse/domestic partner or their child dependent

Sick leave may also be donated/received in the event of the extended serious* illness or injury of an:

  • employee

*Approval for illnesses or injuries will be based on review of medical documentation.

Recipients:

Approved recipients of donated leave must have exhausted all available and applicable paid leave including:

  • accrued sick leave
  • annual leave
  • job basis leave
  • compensatory time
  • personal days

As a prerequisite for applying for Donated Leave, recipients must be on approved FMLA leave or have exhausted all FMLA leave available to them. The Donated Leave program does not cover all illness, injuries, or health conditions covered by FMLA.

Donors:

  • may give a maximum of 80 hours of sick leave per calendar year
  • may give a maximum of 80 hours of annual leave per calendar year
  • must have a remaining balance of 160 hours to donate sick leave
  • must have a remaining balance of 80 hours to donate annual leave

Application forms are available on the BC-Net under the Forms Tab, Human Resources, Employee Benefit Services. Contact Employee Benefit Services for information about donating or receiving donated leave.

FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE PROGRAM

The Florida Prepaid College Program allows parents, grandparents, and others to lock in the cost of college at today’s prices. The County makes it easy for you to make your payments by offering payroll deduction.

If you are already participating in this program and would like to make your payment through payroll deduction, please contact Payroll Central at payroll@broward.org or 954-357-7190 for a form. Completed form should be submitted to Payroll Central in the Government Center.

If you are interested in The Florida Prepaid Program be aware participation is restricted to specific enrollment periods. If you would like more information on The Florida Prepaid College Program call 800-552-GRAD or go to www.floridaprepaidcollege.com.

HEALTH STATIONS

Knowing your numbers can save your life. The County, through the health plan, has installed several Health Stations for employees to check and track their blood pressure, Body Mass Index, weight, oxygen level, etc. Currently, Health Stations can be found at the following locations: Governmental Center-Wellness Resource Center, Government Center-Wellness Resource Center, Aviation-Wellness Resource Center, Water and Wastewater Services-Administration Building break room, Transportation Services-Driver’s Room-Copans and Ravenswood.

WELLNESS INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

DISEASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

The County’s health plans are designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and engage employees in actively managing their health care. Managing chronic, long-term, diseases by following medical protocols to keep the diseases under control can help the member live a more healthful and productive life. The Disease Management program managed by our health insurance carrier focuses on the following six disease states:

  1. Asthma
  2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  3. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  4. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  5. Diabetes
  6. Hypertension

Participants will receive one-on-one coaching and education from Disease Management nurses and will be eligible for rewards based on compliance with following the protocols established for each disease state.

ON-LINE WELLNESS PROGRAM

The health insurance carrier provides an online program that uses cutting edge technology and proven techniques to engage individuals in activities promoting physical fitness, good eating habits and behavioral management. The health improvement program provides customized wellness plans based on personal fitness goals and current state of health. The site offers many features and programs such as:

  • Health Risk Assessment to determine vitality age
  • Custom-made fitness and nutrition plans
  • Charts to track your progress
  • Programs for children
  • Earn points by logging on and using the site

Access this wellness tool by logging into your secure account through the health provider’s web portal.

TOBACCO USE SURCHARGE

Tobacco use in any form has been proven to cause or exacerbate many health conditions. There is a $20 per paycheck surcharge if the employee and/or any insured adult dependent under the health plan (18+) smokes or uses any type of tobacco product. To assist tobacco users with quitting, the County has waived the copay for any prescription smoking cessation product or Over-the-Counter product (Nicoderm patch, Nicorrette gum, etc.) with a prescription. (Note: There is a smoking cessation pharmacy benefit plan limit of $350 per insured person annually based on the full cost of the product, not the plan copay.)

WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTERS

Wellness Resource Centers are currently located at the Governmental Center on the third floor in Room 308 next to the cafeteria, Aviation, the Government Center West on the third floor in Room 3300B and Transportation Services – Copans Facility in the Driver’s Room. The Wellness Resource Centers are designed to provide access to health, dental, vision, retirement, financial and wellness information through printed material, presentations, videos and online access at the computer stations.

WELLNESS SEMINARS AND HEALTH FAIRS

The County is committed to encouraging healthier lifestyles by providing educational and preventative health care information to all of our employees through various wellness programs such as seminars, newsletters, mammogram van program, screenings, self-directed programs, health awareness campaigns and health fairs.