Healthy County Boot Camp

February 11 - 12, 2021

Online

If you would like to sign up for the conference please contact Amy Lawson or Megan West to be registered.

The well-being and safety of TAC’s members is our first priority. In responding to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19, we have transformed Healthy County Boot Camp into a virtual event.

For more information, contact your Wellness Consultant or Amy Lawson at (800) 456-5974.

Thursday, Feb. 11
8-8:10 a.m. Welcome
8:10-9:40 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Human Optimization: Lifestyle Fundamentals to Look, Feel and Perform at Your Best
Speaker: Matt Kansy, RD, CPT, Chief Human Optimizer, Matt Kansy RD LLC

Learn how to recognize and overcome the major pitfalls of our modern-day environment. Identify unhealthy habits and replace them with ones that will allow you to feel and perform at your best. Develop daily practices that will enable you to thrive in this competitive world rather than merely survive – all the while paving the way towards optimal health, performance and longevity.

During this session, attendees will:

  • Understand how lifestyle choices impact health;
  • Gain a different perspective towards health and wellness;
  • Learn how to create a lasting positive behavior change in health; and
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of sleep.
9:40-9:50 a.m. Break
9:50-11:20 a.m.

Need to Know: Coordinator Orientation
Speakers: Stacey Bruington, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Ashley Cureton, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Shameria Davis, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Biral Patel, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

During this session, wellness coordinators and sponsors will learn their roles and responsibilities, share ideas and interact with fellow coordinators in their territory, and discuss the wellness consulting services available to TAC Healthy County members.

Attendees will: 
  • Learn about the role and responsibility of a Healthy County Wellness Coordinator;
  • Learn about the 2021 Healthy County program; and
  • Identify the new programs, services, and benefits provided by TAC HEBP.
11:20-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

TAC Partnership with WW: How WW Can Help You Reach Your Wellness Goals
Speaker: Anjuli DeWakar, Senior Client Success Manager, WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined)

TAC has partnered with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) to help you reach your wellness goals- whether it’s to lose weight, eat healthier, move more or develop a positive mindset. Come learn more about our new partnership with WW, and all the science backed, digital tools that can help you lose weight and reach your goals, while fitting into your lifestyle. 

12:20 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-1:35 p.m. Award Presentation​
1:40-2:40 p.m.

Breakout Session (repeating)
Game Plan: Wellness Platform & Engagement
Speaker: Shameria Davis, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

An impactful wellness program in a county or district is largely dependent upon the program’s structure and employee involvement. To remain successful, counties and districts should set goals to achieve: (a) an active wellness program; and (b) employee engagement.

Participants in this session will learn from a panel combined with roundtable discussions to:
  • Understand how successful counties are engaging employees;
  • Learn how to create internal contests using the Sonic Boom portal; and
  • Learn how to motivate employees both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Give it a Rest!: How Adequate Sleep Strengthens Mind, Body and Soul
Speaker: Biral Patel, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

A good night's rest is an often overlooked and underrated aspect of one’s physical, mental and emotional health. This session explains the importance of sufficient sleep for overall wellbeing.

Participants in this session will be able to:
  • Understand how sleep impacts the body and brain;
  • Identify their recommended number of hours of sleep; and
  • Learn proper sleep hygiene methods.

What’s Your Bounce Factor? Learn to Thrive in Uncertain Times
Speakers: Stacey Bruington, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

We can’t always control what happens around us. In these unsettling times, the setbacks and adversity we face might seem too difficult to overcome. So the question becomes, how do we cope and not only survive, but THRIVE, in the midst of unforeseen challenges?

In this session, attendees will:
  • Learn what resilience is, how it helps in challenging times, and how you can influence it;
  • Discover how the mind and body affect each other in the context of resilience and mental and physical wellbeing; and
  • Learn at least two ways to build or enhance your own resilience, and that of your county employees.
2:40-2:50 p.m. Break
2:50-3:50 p.m.

Alliance Work Partners - Employee Assistance Program
Speaker: Sarah Hernandez, Account Manager, Alliance Work Partners

Alliance Work Partners exists to find solutions for the problems that affect your life. This session will introduce attendees to the many benefits of AWP’s online resource databases, as well as the customized care offered through our national counseling network. Learn how county and district employees can take advantage of the confidential and comprehensive services available at any time.

Attendees will learn about:
  • Advice, resources, and referrals for daily living and self-improvement;
  • Confidential counseling and consultations for personal and professional challenges; and
  • Utilization guidelines for employees and their families.       
3:50-4:50 p.m.

How Collaboration Can Benefit Employee Wellness
Speakers: Paula Butler, Regional Program Leader, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

Dana Tarter, Regional Program Leader, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

 Participants in this session will:

  • Gain an understanding of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Health and Wellness Initiatives;
  • Identify Texas A&M AgriLife Extension educational programs and resources. This will include unique outreach opportunities related to healthy food preparation; and
  • Identify how Texas A&M AgriLife Extension resources fit within the Healthy County program.
5:00-6:00 p.m. Happy Hour
Friday, Feb. 12
8-8:10 a.m. Welcome
8:10-9:10 a.m.

Do You Really Want "That Guy" Having Your Back?
Speaker: Michael Harper, M.Ed, Fitness Wellness Training Supervisor, Texas Department of Public Safety

During this session, attendees will:

  • Identify the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force’s 21st Century Strategic Recommendations for Policing: 6th Pillar on Officer Wellness and Safety;
  • Discuss how physical fitness and nutrition impact overall health for officers and the relationship to the number one goal in law enforcement: to go home after each shift;
  • Understand and recognize the impact of physical fitness, nutrition and health on command presence, de-escalation, use of force and officer safety; and
  • Review nutrition, resilience and exercise tactics that can help combat the challenges of the dynamic and unpredictable environment of law enforcement.
9:10-9:20 a.m.     Break
9:20-10:20 a.m.

Breakout Session (repeating)
Game Plan: Wellness Platform & Engagement
Speaker: Shameria Davis, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

An impactful wellness program in a county or district is largely dependent upon the program’s structure and employee involvement. To remain successful, counties and district should set goals to achieve: (a) an active wellness program; and (b) employee engagement.

Participants in this session will learn from a panel combined with roundtable discussions to:
  • Understand how successful counties are engaging employees;
  • Learn how to create internal contests using the Sonic Boom portal; and
  • Learn how to motivate employees both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Give it a Rest!: How Adequate Sleep Strengthens Mind, Body and Soul
Speaker: Biral Patel, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

A good night’s rest is an often overlooked and underrated aspect of one’s physical, mental and emotional health. This session explains the importance of sufficient sleep for overall wellbeing.

Participants in this session will be able to:

  • Understand how sleep impacts the body and brain;
  • Identify their recommended amount of hours of sleep; and
  • Learn proper sleep hygiene methods.

What's Your Bounce Factor? Learn to Thrive in Uncertain Times
Speakers: Stacey Bruington, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

We can’t always control what happens around us. In these unsettling times, the setback and adversity we face might seem too difficult to overcome. So the question becomes, how do we cope and not only survive, but THRIVE, in the midst of unforeseen challenges?

In this session, attendees will:
  • Learn what resilience is, how it helps in challenging times, and how you can influence it;
  • Discover how the mind and body affect each other in the context of resilience and mental and physical wellbeing; and
  • Learn at least 2 ways to build or enhance your own resilience, and that of your county employees.
10:20-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Making Lasting Changes in Your Life
Speaker: Vance Hinds, Author and Attorney in the Civil Division of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office

A video of Vance’s incredible 198-pound weight loss in 365 days without surgery or medication received more than 75 million views on YouTube in 2018. The video only shows what happened during that one-year weight loss journey, but what occurred before and after the video is more incredible. Vance went from spending five days in the ICU not expected to live to completing 20 triathlon events. Vance made a drastic change to his life and wants to share how those changes can help improve your health and quality of life.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Two guiding principles that drastically changed Vance’s life;
  • Vance’s philosophies on diet, exercise, and weight loss; and
  • How to incorporate small changes in your life that will snowball into drastic, long-lasting positive results.
Noon-12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Agenda subject to change. Check back later for updates to the topics and speakers as they are confirmed.

The V.G. Young Institute of County Government at Texas A&M University is the education co-sponsor of the 2021 Healthy County Boot Camp.

Please check back for approval updates.

Continuing Education Type Hours
CPA/Auditors 10.5
Commissioners 10.5
County and District Clerks 10.5
Human Resources 10.5
Tax Assessor-Collectors 10.5
Treasurers 10.5
All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing 72 hours before training. Please send an email to Megan West a notice of your cancellation.

Iris Stagner Award:

  • Elizabeth Vera, Nolan County

Iris Stagner Honorable Mentions:

  • Glenda Moody, Medina County
  • Robert Ripley, Harris County Appraisal District

Paula Butler Award:

  • Lorie Stovall, Navarro County

Wellness Committee of the Year:

  • Comal County

5 Year Service Recipients:

  • Randy Gillespie- Johnson County
  • Mozelle Carr- Loving County
  • Nereida Rubio- Val Verde County
  • Amy Tennant- Roberts County
  • Lori Ardoin- Orange County
  • Paula Richard- Chambers County
  • Mary Beth Bess- Chambers County
  • James Morgan- Rains County
  • Melissa Hernandez- Martin County
  • Deborah Mendisabal- Hardin County
  • Misty Garrett- Hansford County
  • Kim Pittman- Sabine County   
  • Nikki Gholson- Stonewall County
  • Amber Thompson- Jones County
  • Ronnie Morgan- Rains County
  • Sara Howard- McCulloch County
  • Terri Curry- Reagan County
  • Ginna Hruska- Reagan County
  • Amy Klawinsky- Walker County
  • Elizabeth Vera- Nolan County
  • Tommy White- Nolan County
  • Elaine Flynt- Castro County

10 Year Service Recipients

  • Sandy Orange- Hunt County    
  • Rhonda McCollum- Johnson County
  • Kelly Kaslon- Hopkins County
  • Cindy Irwin- Hutchinson County
  • Lesa Lambright- Anderson County
  • Joan Sargent- Waller County

Highest Participation Award:

  • 25 Lives or Less: Somervell CAD
  • 26-50 Lives: Comal CAD
  • 51-99 Lives: McMullen County
  • 100-199 Lives: Lee County
  • 200 Lives or More: Yoakum County

Most Improved Award:

  • 25 Lives or Less: Hartley
  • 26-50 Lives: Hardeman County
  • 51-99 Lives: Bailey County
  • 100-199 Lives: Crane County
  • 200 Lives or More: Hood County

Thursday's morning sessions:

  • Marsha Sumpter- Sonic Boom Backpack
  • Amy Tennant- Sonic Boom Backpack
  • Carolyn Huelster- Sonic Boom Lunchbox
  • Patsy Phifer- Sonic Boom Lunchbox
  • Carolyn Merren- WW Kitchen Tools
  • Tricia Jacks- BCBSTX Salad Cup and Chia man
  • Andrea Brooks- BCBSTX Tumbler

Thursday's afternoon sessions:

  • Jo Beth Moffett- Sonic Boom Backpack
  • Doris Sealy- Sonic Boom Backpack
  • Courtney Parrott- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Donna Davidson- WW Kitchen Tools
  • Deanna King- BCBSTX Salad Cup and Chia Man

Friday's Prize Drawing Winners:

  • Angie Ewaskiw- Sonic Boom Backpack
  • Kayla Hall- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Lorenza Garcia Ruiz- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Jerri Hettinger- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Rosa Norsworthy- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Katherine Hudson- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Charles Bradley- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Kimberly Barrier- Sonic Boom Lunch Cooler
  • Kimberly Long- WW Kitchen Tools
  • Jana Lemons- BCBSTX Lunchbox

Top 4 Leaderboard winners:

  1. Marci Gilbert with 277 points- Airrosti Remote Recovery Kit
  2. Robin Carouth with 236 points- $25 Target Gift Card
  3. Jennifer McKinnon with 204 points- Livongo Bluetooth Speaker
  4. Elizabeth Tovar with 179 points- Omada lunch bowl and tumbler
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