Wellness News

November Webinar: Herbs and Other Natural Foods
Join us to learn the basics of herbs and their health effects. Find out how to incorporate herbs and natural foods into your daily life. Learn more.  

Mental Health Resources for MCPS Employees
Taking care of our mental health should be a part of our daily lives. Well Aware has gathered community and medical plan resources to help you evaluate your current mental health status as well as tools to help you manage your mental health every day.

Free Access to Montgomery County Recreation Facilities and Pools
As a permanent* MCPS employee, you have free access to all Montgomery County (MC) recreation facilities, including swimming pools and gymnasiums. You also are eligible for a 20 percent discount on an annual pool pass for your family members. Interested? Learn more and visit the MC Recreation website for general information. You may apply online for the individual Total Rec Pass. The Employee Family Pool Pass Application also is available online. Both passes are valid for one year; you may reapply each year to continue your access to the facilities. 

Wellness Initiatives
The Wellness Initiatives program provides incentives to help you reduce your health insurance costs. Learn more about the program so you can take advantage of the rate reductions.

Flu Shots
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the flu Both CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente have laid out detailed plans to offer flu shots. Learn about CareFirst's regional flu network. Learn about Kaiser Permanente's flu shots.

Online Classes: Join the Email Distribution List
Join Well Aware and take an online health and wellness class. From mindfulness to Zumba, you can join these classes online. Add your name to the distribution list for class updates. Learn more.  

Be Well 365 for Staff
This online resource is a one-stop shop where employees can get information to help them navigate and balance their work, home, personal and community life, with an emphasis on staff well-being and self-care. Learn more

Quit for Good Tobacco Cessation Program
MCPS and Kaiser Permanente are teaming up to bring you the Quit for Good tobacco cessation program. The free program is available to MCPS employees and their spouses, whether or not you participate in MCPS employee benefits or with Kaiser. Learn more.

Pile on the Miles
Join Well Aware for our fall physical activity challenge! Work with your school, a team, or as an individual to earn prizes and build healthy habits! Learn more. 

Well Aware Wants to Hear From You!
Tell Well Aware about any wellness programs, activities, and/or incentives you would like us to consider in the coming year. Complete our survey to help us provide you with the wellness program you most need and want. 

*Permanent employees do not include substitute teachers, temporary employees, or retirees.

Quit for Good
Fitness Log


Quit for Good
A free eight-week tobacco cessation program

Wellness Initiatives
Learn about how to save money on your medical, prescription, dental, and vision premiums.

Flights to Fitness
A program to encourage physical activity through stair climbing

Completed Wellness Challenges 
Read about past challenges, including Just 10 and Just 10 More, The Million Mile Challenge, and MCPS on the Move

Instep with Diabetes 
A free three-week Diabetes management program.

Employee Assistance Program 
Help identifing and resolving personal concerns

Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC)
Information about all employee benefits, pay, leave, and retirement


Upcoming Events


Fitness, Weight Loss, and Nutrition Discounts and Online Tools

MCPS medical and/or dental plan participants have access to various health-related discounts. These discounts are plan specific and can help you and your family reach your health goals.

Click on your medical or dental plan vendor to learn more about the discounts available to you:



Have questions about your employee wellness program? Want to share the efforts you and your coworkers are making toward being active and healthy? Well Aware wants to hear from you!

Contact Well Aware at  wellness@mcpsmd.org or by calling the Employee and Retiree Service Center at 301-517-8100.


Well Aware eNews

The MCPS Well Aware eNews is a monthly e-mailed newsletter bringing you articles on healthy living and information about upcoming wellness events such as educational seminars, screenings, and more.

Find the eNews in your MCPS Outlook e-mail at the beginning of each month, or read issues here.

Read the Well Aware eNews

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Video Library

Miss a wellness webinar? Visit our Video Library.



American Heart Association Gold Level Fit-Friendly Company(2014, 2015, 2016) 

American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index Bronze Level (2019) 

Alliance for Workplace Excellence Health and Wellness Award (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)  

Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Silver Award (2016, 2018) 

Healthiest Maryland Business Wellness at Work Gold Award (2017, 2019) 

Adventist Healthcare Flu Fighter Award (2019) 

Cigna's 2016 Well Being Award Honorable Mention