USDA SPOTLIGHT, Employee Wellness Day
OPEDA recently joined the USDA Work/Life and Wellness community in sponsoring the annual Employee Wellness Day held on June 14th at the D.C. Headquarters South Building. The Employee Wellness Day was a part of a month long calendar of activities and events aimed at promoting workplace health and wellness in observance National Employee Wellness Month.
Employees learned about nutrition and weight management, how to relieve stress and the benefits of alternative medicines. Health professionals provided one-on-one health coaching, blood pressure screening and a full-range of health assessments. A few USDA employees volunteered their time to teach line dance lessons, lead a Zumba class, and host a meditation session. Expecting and nursing mothers were provided an opportunity to tour the newly renovated South Building lactation room. Several exhibitors were onsite with resources and information.
Many thanks go to the USDA Work/Life and Wellness Program team and Farm Service Agency for hosting this event, and to all of the agencies who volunteered their time.
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Established in 1929, OPEDA (Organization of Professional Employees, U.S. Department of Agriculture) is an association of professional employees with the mission to enhance the effectiveness of members in the performance of their duties. It seeks to provide enlightened guidance and representation before Congress, the Administration, and other employee groups and organizations and the public on matters that promote the efficient and effective operation of agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For several decades candidates for national office in our country have relied of a strategy of campaigning with a promise to weed out waste, fraud and abuse of power in the Federal Government. A sub-theme is that federal employees are therefore compliant in the causing this situation, and are incompetent, not worthy of their benefits and plush offices, and surely over-paid. This continuous drum beat puts OPEDA on the front line, in a continuing effort to point out that these accusations are far from the actual truth!
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OPEDA has a great group of members consisting of USDA employees and retirees that are dedicated to the mission of “The People’s Department”. We are always encouraging USDA employees to join the organization and would be honored to have you join us as a member. .