Quarterly Wellness Topic

Stretching for Health & Wellness

Everyone can stretch, and the benefits are wide-ranging for those who make this a part of their daily routine. Stretching pre- and post-exercise helps to prevent injury; it’s also a great way to improve flexibility and increase mobility all on its own. Below are some resources to help you learn how to stretch (and not to stretch), and how to make it a lifelong habit:

Wellness Resources for your Body*

Fitness Apps and Resources

Weight Loss Programs

Healthy Eating

  Food subscription boxes

  • Farm Fresh to You – weekly/bi-weekly delivery of fresh fruits and veg to your door ($)
  • Hello Fresh – Veggie, pescatarian and calorie smart options available ($)
  • Green Chef – a meal kit for eating well. Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian, and Vegan options ($)
  • Imperfect Foods – sustainably sourced, affordable and conveniently delivered to your home ($)

  Nutrition resources

  Recipe websites and apps

  • Weight Watchers – Recipe page. No membership required.
  • Eating Well – click on Healthy Recipes on the menu bar. Also has an app!
  • Foodstand – offers a vibrant community for all health-conscious eaters.
  • Fooducate – makes you aware of the quality of your calories.
  • AllRecipes – recipes for every taste and talent. Special section of Healthy Recipes.


  • CDC – Information on how much sleep we need and how to sleep better.
  • HelpGuide – a guide to better sleep.
  • Sleep Foundation – helpful website on sleep.
  • Mattress Reviews – having the right mattress and pillow are key to getting a good night’s rest.

Tobacco Cessation

  • CDC – information on how tobacco affects us and how to quit.
  • Smokefree – Robust website with many tools for quitting smoking.
  • American Cancer Society – Information from the ACS on quitting tobacco.

Note: The listings above do not imply endorsement by ACWA JPIA of any of these products or services.

* You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting any diet/nutrition or fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.

Wellness Resources for your Mind

  • Modern Health – available at no cost to employees and their dependents enrolled in Anthem or Kaiser medical through ACWA JPIA. Modern Health is a mental healthcare platform that offers one on one coaching and therapy as well as live group sessions, meditations and other valuable programs.
  • Headspace Care (formerly Ginger) – Kaiser members can text one-on-one with an emotional support coach at no cost.  Some restrictions and limitations apply. Click here to access
  • myStrength – an online program for Kaiser members that supports emotional health and well-being. Click here to access
  • Learn to Live – a new Emotional Well-being Resources program for Anthem Medical and Anthem EAP participants.  Based on a cognitive behavioral therapy approach, the program addresses key areas such as depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, and substance use abuse.
    • Anthem Medical Members – Login here, then go to My Health Dashboard, and then Programs.  Scroll down to the Emotional Well-being Resources tile at the bottom. Click on Learn More and then Learn How under Take the First Step.
    • Anthem EAP Members – check with your HR team to obtain the access code and then go here. After entering the Anthem EAP site, the link to enter the new program is on the right under Emotional Well-being Resources.
  • Anthem EAP – for employees (and their household members) whose agencies participate in the Anthem EAP. Check with your HR team to see if your agency participates and to obtain the access code.
    • Up to six counseling sessions per employee or household member per issue per year.
    • Robust website of mental health and daily living resources.
  • Emotional Wellness Toolkit – from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Mental Health – resources from mentalhealth.gov.
  • Calm – an app and website with a multitude of guided and non-guided meditations. ($, limited free content available). Kaiser members can access Calm for free by going here.
  • Headspace – an app and website for meditations and sleep ($, free trial available).

Webinars & Podcasts

Please click here for the Kaiser Wellness Webinar page.  Available to all regardless of medical plan enrollment.

Kaiser Virtual Mental Health Classes – Click the link on the flyer for more information on the classes being offered and to learn how to register.  Open to KP members and non-KP members.

Empowered by Hoag podcast – a podcast where insights, optimism and enthusiasm for medicine and all its possibilities are shared.  In each episode, take a dive deep into the health care topics listeners care about the most.

Carrier Resources

Active & Fit

Sign up for an Active & Fit gym membership ($28 per month/$28 one-time enrollment fee), to access more than 1,500 on-demand workout videos, and once gyms are open, visit any of the 11,000 fitness centers in the nationwide Active & Fit network.

  • Anthem members – Sign into your Anthem account, then go to Care and then Discounts for the link to Active & Fit.
  • Kaiser members – Click here, and then sign into your Kaiser account by clicking on the Learn More box under Active & Fit Direct.


Get reduced rates on a variety of fitness, health, and wellness products through the ChooseHealthy program, including activity trackers, workout apparel and exercise equipment.

  • Kaiser members – Click here, and then sign into your Kaiser account by clicking on the Learn More box under ChooseHealthy.
  • Anthem members – Sign into your Anthem account, then go to Care and then Discounts for the link to ChooseHealthy.


Fitness industry leader ClassPass makes it easier for you to exercise from the comfort of home. Try yoga, cardio, and bootcamp, all without leaving your house!

  • Kaiser members – Click here, and then sign into your Kaiser account by clicking on the Learn More box under ClassPass.
  • Not a Kaiser member? Go direct to ClassPass to open an account and view available plans and pricing.

KaiserMental Health & Wellness page includes webinars, videos and more.  Available to all.

Delta Dental – Health and Wellness information

VSP VisionHealth and Wellness information

Health Assessments – Assess your health risks

  • Anthem members
    • Flyer with instructions for accessing the Health Assessment.
  • Kaiser members
    •  Flyer with instructions for accessing the Health Assessment.

JPIA Wellness Grant Program

The JPIA Wellness Grant Program is intended to help agencies participating in JPIA Anthem medical plans establish a wellness program or carry out a wellness initiative.  Grant funds are provided by Anthem on an annual basis, but this is not guaranteed.  Agency wellness programs are open to employees enrolled in any JPIA medical plan. The amount of funds available to an agency is a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $2,000.  The amount awarded is based on headcount, or the request from the agency, if less. The grant period normally runs from July 1 – June 30.  Applications are typically sent out in late May to eligible agencies.

Those agencies who wish to participate must go through the JPIA’s application process, and if they are granted funds, they must provide receipts showing how the wellness funds were spent. JPIA requires that the funds be used to improve employee health and well-being, such as activities centered on exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, improved sleep, etc. See page 2 of the Wellness Grant Application for important guidelines and restrictions to spending and documenting the use of grant funds.  Programs can be big or small, limited in duration or ongoing. Not only do healthier employees (and healthier dependents) help keep medical premiums down, but they also have reduced absenteeism, increased presenteeism, improved productivity and morale.

Wellness Program Toolkits

Training Resources

  • Anthem EAP Training Catalog – Courses available at no cost to agencies participating in Anthem EAP. Up to eight hours of training per participating agency per year.
  • Anthem EAP Training Request Form – Please complete and submit this form to Anthem EAP when requesting a course. See instructions on form.

Vendors Used and Recommended by JPIA Members

Longevity, Inc. – Early Detection Screenings using Ultrasound On-site (Echocardiogram, Abdominal Cancer Screening, Carotid Ultrasound, Aortic Aneurysm Screening, and more)

Revive Wellness – Health Fair coordinators plus wellness events, wellness presentations, on-site screenings and demos (Available CA wide)

Spice of Life – Health Fair Event Coordinators (San Marcos, CA and surrounding area)

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital – Health Screenings  including full blood panel, PSA, ovarian cancer test, BMI (Ridgecrest, CA and surrounding area)

Body Techniques – offers stress management and corporate wellness programs to employers including mobile massage therapy, onsite yoga classes, virtual wellness, and additional fitness programs.

Health Dimensions – Coordinates interactive and educational health fairs and seminars right in the workplace.  (Available CA wide)