City council cut city wellness program

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Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- At a cost of sixty one thousand dollars, the city council has voted to cancel the wellness program provided to its workers.

Councilman Jim Brown was one of five council members to vote to end the program. "When we had 28% of our employees actually improve over the course of this, that’s only 115 people out of about 411," said Councilman Brown.

But those 115 people still meant results, " I think its something that’s really important in this day and age, said Human Resources Director Rich Wiederspahn. He thinks more people should consider the benefits, " we have a lot of employees who could benefit from this effort."

The Program required city workers to have blood screenings, coaching sessions and to attend health related classes.

Wiederspahn said he hopes another health program will develop sooner rather than later, "We're happy to work with them to make any changes in the wellness program that we can make and hopefully make the program better for all employees."

But Councilman Brown says that $61,000 could be spent a different way and health decisions should be made on a case by case basis, "I think it really all comes back down to the individual. They need to take responsibilities for their health and when they're ready to do that than things will change for them, personally."

The vote was 5 to 2 in favor of canceling the program, but Wiederspahn says the human resources department plans to begin talking with the city council to make a new health plan.

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