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May Webinar: Why Your Diet May Not Be Working
Did you know eating fat-free products may work against you and your diet plan? This session takes a look at the ways we unintentionally sabotage our weight-loss diets. Learn how to make choices that lessen the frustration of healthy eating and keep you on track to losing weight. 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.

Fountain of Youth Spring Physical Activity Challenge!
Join Well Aware for our spring physical activity challenge! Gather your coworkers and increase your activity to find the fountain of youth! 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.



heltiest-maryland-logoMontgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has joined Healthiest Maryland Businesses to further promote health and wellness throughout the school system. Click here to learn more about this important initiative.

AWE Health & Wellness Trailblazer LogoMCPS has been selected by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence as a 2015 Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award winner. Since 2006, the alliance has recognized employers who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to their employees’ health and wellness by developing and implementing innovative programs.

awe 2019MCPS has been recognized by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence with a 2017, 2018, and 2019, 2020 Health & Wellness Seal of Approval.

hmb 2020MCPS has received a gold Wellness at Work Award for 2019 and 2020 from Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB). The award recognizes HMB members and highlights successful wellness initiatives.



Quit for Good
A free three-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


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 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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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, 2020)

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

Healthiest Maryland Business Wellness at Work Gold Award (2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Adventist Healthcare Flu Fighter Award (2019)

Cigna's 2016 Well Being Award Honorable Mention

Healthiest Employers of Washington DC Winner (2021)