By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE -- One step at a time, one person at a time, Fort Pierce city employees are getting healthier.
That's thanks to the health and wellness program the employees are involved in.
"We implemented the wellness program back in 2011," said Sheritta Johnson, risk manager for the city. "This is one of the newer components of the program."
This walk, called the Walk with the City Manager, takes a route approximately a mile in length through downtown Fort Pierce that the employees walk together as a large group twice a week.
"The walks are part of a six-week walking program," Ms. Johnson said. ""The planning department mapped out the walking course."
In addition to the walk, the wellness program at the city also does two health assessments a year, Zumba classes, a weight watchers class and a tobacco cessation class.
"I was surprised at the number of people who participate in the tobacco cessation class," Ms. Johnson said. "Each year, we see more growth and participation from the employees."
The wellness program is open to any city employees, who can join at any time. In the meantime, the employees are preparing for a milestone goal.
"We want to do a 5K run/walk around the last week of May," Ms. Johnson said. "City employees and families will show how healthy we've become."