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DOC Wellness

Well Connect provides anyone enrolled in the Deschutes County Employee Benefits Plan, including employees (and their dependents) of Deschutes county or COIC, retirees, and people enrolled in COBRA coverage access to wellness program information and additional resources.

Juli McKee, Registered Dietitian, is the on-site Wellness Coordinator and is the primary contact for wellness; she is available to provide nutrition counseling, fitness programming, smoking cessation, health and wellness coaching and more!

Contact her today!  Juli.McKee@medcor.com 541-330-4613

To schedule an appointment, call (541) 330-4613 , send an email, or simply stop in! Juli’s office is located at 1340 NW Wall Street in Bend – just steps from your DOC. And, appointments with Juli are available at no charge to anyone on the Deschutes County Employee Benefit Plan.

If you have any ideas or programs you would like to see explored, please contact your department’s Wellness Task Force representative.  COIC’s representative is Barbara Taylor – btaylor@coic.org



….and prevent a cold virus from catching you this fall and winter season.

The fall and winter months provide an ideal climate for cold viruses to thrive and wiggle their way into our body systems. So once the leaves start changing colors and the frost covers the ground it becomes all that more important to take preventative measures to stay well.

Contributing factors include getting moderate activity for fresh air and blood flow, adequate sleep for body recovery and rejuvenation, and self-care for avoiding emotional distress.

Oh yes, and food. Nutritious, immune boosting food!

Certain nutrients help the immune system directly or indirectly by prevention of cell damage from unstable molecules (antioxidants), preventing the growth of or killing off microbes (which include bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) and decreasing inflammation in cells and tissues.

Here are a few key foods, and their highlighted nutrients, to include in your diet to help prevent those annoying cold symptoms.

  1. Garlic and onions. Contain the phytonutrient allicin, among other compounds= antimicrobial.**
  2. Peppers, all varieties! Contain vitamin C, vitamin A and capsasin= antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
  3. Contain vitamin E and omega-3 oils= antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
  4. Lentils and pumpkin seeds. Contain minerals zinc, selenium and iron= help with activity of antioxidant enzymes.
  5. Green tea. Contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)= antimicrobial and antioxidant.

Plus any produce that is naturally blue, purple or green; these colors represent thousands of phytonutrients that work in sync with your body to prevent and fight sickness and disease.

Meal and snack ideas to cover all the bases=

  • Lemon and ginger green tea with cayenne and a dab of local honey.
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds and handful of blueberries.
  • Lentil soup with onion and garlic, flaxseed crackers on the side.
  • Salmon fajitas with sautéed peppers and onions, avocado and salsa.More information can be gained online with the OSU Linus Pauling Institute.

Anyone enrolled in the County Employee Benefits Plan, including employees (and their dependents) of Deschutes county or COIC, retirees, and people enrolled in COBRA coverage may use the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC)DOC Pharmacy, and Well Connect. The clinic practitioners will see adults and children ages two years and older.

**Have you ever eaten a raw clove of garlic? It is spicy and potent! Raw or lightly cooked garlic is shown to have more antimicrobial benefit than roasted or fully cooked garlic. The more pungent your breath the better!



The following local fitness centers have discounted rates for Deschutes County and COIC employees. Please contact the fitness center or your Wellness Coordinator for details.

  • Max Fitness, Bend
  • 9Rounds, Bend
  • Central Oregon Strength and Conditioning, Bend
  • Anytime Fitness, Bend
  • Anytime Fitness, LaPine
  • Norm’s Xtreme Fitness, Prineville
  • SNAP Fitness, Bend
  • Fitness 1440, Bend and Redmond
  • Bend Downtown Athletic Club
  • Sisters Athletic Club (contact your Wellness Coordinator first)
  • Redmond Athletic Club (contact your Wellness Coordinator first)
  • Madras Athletic Club

Raise your hand if you get groggy in the afternoon. Raise your hand if after lunch your mind easily wonders and work becomes a struggle. Raise your hand if you had a bed in your office around 3pm you would fall asleep in it.

If this is you, here is something to consider: Mid-day movement…

Blood circulation means moving sugars, hormones, proteins, and other necessities to and from our tissues so we can fully function. Moving your body increases blood flow to muscles and your brain to keep you alert and focused throughout the afternoon so you can stay energized and engaged in your work.

Being sedentary slows all the systems in the body down. If you are feeling sluggish, there is a good chance your bodies systems are barely crawling along, at a “slugs” pace, making your body feel heavy and your mind feel slow. This is how our bodies respond when it is time to sleep; this should not be how we are responding throughout the work day.

The Well WorkPlace Health Letter

Freedom From Smoking

Next FFS workshop starts November 14th, 2017

Sign up by calling 541-330-4613 or emailing Juli.McKee@medcor.com

Repeats every week every Tuesday 7 times. Also includes Thu Dec 07 2017.

Quitting tobacco is a difficult endeavor but can be done! According to the American Cancer Society, most success comes from utilizing 2 or more of the following; encouragement and support from friends and family members, telephone smoking-cessation hotlines, stop-smoking groups, online quit groups, counseling, nicotine replacement products, prescription medicine to lessen cravings, and guide books.

Resources to prepare for your quit attempt:

Freedom From Smoking Workshop:

Deschutes County offers employees and dependents on the Deschutes County Health Plan a free workshop in tobacco cessation through the American Lung Association, titled Freedom From Smoking. This workshop provides you with the tools necessary to quit smoking and successfully stay smoke free.

The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line:
1 (800) 784-8669 English, 1 (877) 266-3683 Spanish.

Online cessation resources:

American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking, www.ffsonline.org

American Cancer Society’s Quit for Life Program, www.alerewellbeing.com/quit-for-life/

Become an EX, www.becomeanex.org

Fall Bowling League 


Deschutes County & COIC BOWLING LEAUGE

Starting January, 2018…


  • Bracket style play with weekly team match-ups, two games each night.
  • Total play will take around 90 minutes, depending on speed of players.
  • Teams of four, team is committed to four individual payments, regardless of absentees or substitutes. (Individuals are responsible for finding a sub, as necessary).
  • Cost for two games and shoes is roughly $13 each week, each person is committed to pay each week for full length of the league.
  • League length will be a minimum of twelve weeks of play, with exact length to be determined based on number of teams recruited.
  • Adult family is welcome to play, other family welcome to attend/watch. Friends outside of Deschutes County or COIC employment may be used as substitutes as needed.

If you are interested in playing on our bowling league please VOTE for your preferred day and time. Email your VOTE to Juli.McKee@medcor.com. Or simply email Juli to let her know you want to join, regardless. A Bowling League email chain will develop based on your response and further communications regarding our bowling league will be made within this email chain only.

League Date & Time Options:

  1. Mondays 6pm (20 person maximum)
  2. Tuesdays 7pm (no person maximum)