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Health and Wellness Resources

Employee Assistance program (EAP)

Brentwood Union School District began implementing an Employee Assistance Program in May 2020 through Optum.  EAP is available to all BUSD regular employees and their dependents.

EAP includes the following FREE resources for employees:

  • Five free counseling/therapy sessions per employee per issue per year
  • 30-minute free consultation with an attorney per employee per issue per year
    • 25% discount on additional attorney services
  • Resources for child care
  • Resources for elder care
  • 30-minute free consultation for financial matters per employee per issue per year
    • 25% discount on additional services
  • Free access to Sanvello app
  • Free access to Talkspace

BUSD employees can access theses resources and many more on the Optum website using the access code shared in emails from Roxane Jablonski-Liu, Assistant Superintendent.  Employees can also call the help number shared in these same emails from Roxane.


Resources for your health during COVID-19 Pandemic

Movement Resources:

  • 24 Hour Fitness 24Go appYou don't have to be a member to register.  Free workouts that are customizable to your needs.

  • Core Power Yoga free access to a selection of their online classes while they are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Cosmic Kids this YouTube channel offers 2 to 60 min yoga lessons working on balance and strength.

  • LES MILLS  free classes on their streaming platform ,  LES MILLS On Demand until the Coronavirus until the outbreak is over.  The site has 95 video classes for Body Combat, Body Pump, Barre, mindfulness and more. 

  • Peloton:  new users offered a 90-day trial subscription workout  app 

  • Planet Fitness free, 20 minute, online daily workout (no equipment needed) for the next two weeks (staring 3/16/20) will be available on YouTube and Facebook. 

  • Stretch and Grow of the Rockies "Brain Breaks: daily, 10 min YouTube videos that include yoga poses, breathing techniques and exercises.

  • YMCA 360 on demand, healthy living network for YouTube that offers short workout routines

Healthy Eating Resources:

Articles & References:


Harmony for Health - a monthly newsletter

February is Heart Health Month 

Did you know the heart is a muscle and approximately the size of your fist?  Your heart is at the center of the circulatory system and acts as a pump to circulate oxygen and nutrients in your blood to the rest of your body.  It may be small, but it is mighty.  Like other muscles, it needs oxygen and nutrients, too, but when the arteries in your heart become diseased, the heart can’t get the blood it needs to pump efficiently. 

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for men and women in our country.  You can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, or slow its progress, by taking prevention to heart.  It’s no surprise that healthy lifestyles empower enduring hearts.  Lack of exercise, a poor diet, and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years.  Even small improvements can help reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.  Eating a diet high in fiber and low in unhealthy fats and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days is a good place to start.

You’re never too young or too old to take care of your heart.  Anyone at any age can benefit from simple steps to keep their heart healthy.  Over time, making a number of small changes can add up to a big difference in your heart health.  Your sweetheart may have the key to your heart, but eating healthy and being physically active can be the key to a healthier heart.


February Thrive Recipe     

Brrrrr… it’s cold outside.  And if you’re like me, comfort food comes to mind.  This month’s recipe is, Quinoa and Red Pepper Chili, a vegetarian version of a classic winter staple.  This vegetarian version of chili is lower in sodium and packed with fiber.  Beans (no salt added) and quinoa provide vegetarian protein sources with plentiful nutrients and fiber and minimal fat.  Including vegetables and whole grains ensures high levels of antioxidants, which research suggests can protect against cardiovascular disease.  I’d say this is the perfect recipe for “Heart Health” not only this month, but also year-round.  

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Dental and vision program Newsletter


Back to School Dental Tips

Your child’s first day back to school after a long, relaxing break can be a tough adjustment. Transitioning from lazy mornings to rushing kids out the door to the bus stop can mean certain things, like dental care, tend to fall through the cracks. These back to school dental tips can help ease your child’s transition into an oral care-conscious new year.

Brush Before Breakfast.
The idea that holding off on brushing until after breakfast can do more harm than good. Since many children eat their breakfasts while en-route to school, they miss out on an opportunity to maintain a healthy dental routine. The ADA suggests that both adults and children brush at least twice a day. This helps prevent the mouth’s pH levels from dipping low enough for cavities to form. So, even if your children are brushing before eating breakfast, it’s still helping them prevent cavities from forming.

Be Conscious of What They Eat/Drink.
When maintaining a clean, cavity-free smile, diet is everything. Children often gravitate towards processed, sugary snacks to add into their lunch boxes, and sometimes school lunch options aren’t any better. When packing your child’s lunch for school, choose dental health-friendly options such as fruits and vegetables. Sure, it can’t beat a slice of their favorite cake, but it will certainly help them avoid serious dental conditions such as cavities and gum disease, a common condition amongst children.

Choose Water Over Juice.
Your child’s favorite artificially colored fruit drinks are packed with sugar–and not the good kind. One juice pack alone can contain more sugar than what your child should consume in an entire day. These sugars chip away at your child’s tooth enamel over time. While it might be tempting to fill your child’s lunch box with one of these juices on a hectic first day back to school, think of the damage you’re imposing on your child’s dental care by choosing this unhealthy option. Water is always the best way to go, as it contains fluoride, which helps keep teeth shiny.

On a busy morning, some parents may only have time for certain tasks–like brushing their child’s hair or choosing a pair of shoes. This means brushing their child’s teeth may be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Instead of focusing on one task at a time, children can brush their teeth while their hair is styled. Shoes can be fetched while they are rinsing. Get the idea? Multitasking will allow for a smoother first day back to school and still allows your children to fulfill their dental care duties.

Braces? Be Extra Mindful.
Children who wear braces should be especially mindful of maintaining a healthy oral regimen. It’s easy for food particles to get caught in between metal wires and skipping a morning brush can cause unwanted bacteria to harbor in the teeth. This leads to a build-up of plaque, a leading factor in tooth decay. Make sure your child understands the right way to brush when wearing braces, which includes flossing to tackle those pesky, unreachable corners of the mouth.

Has Your Child Visited the Dentist Before Starting School?
Before diving back into your child’s routine, make sure they pay a visit to their dentist to make sure their oral health is in good shape. Starting a new year with potential dental issues will not only interrupt a daily routine but leave your child in danger of suffering painful consequences if ignored.

Not sure what foods or drinks to pack in your child’s lunch box? Here’s a quick overview of what you should include (and stay away from).

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Four Important Back to School Vision Tips

Back to school time is approaching and the scramble to get everything done has begun. Have you remembered to make an appointment for your child’s eye exam? Ophthalmologists remind busy parents during back to school season not to neglect one of the most important learning tools: their children’s eyes.

Good vision and overall eye health are vital to learning. Because children are still growing, staying on top of eye health is important. The earlier that vision problems are diagnosed, the sooner they can be addressed. For children to maintain healthy eyes and vision throughout the school year, here are four recommend tips:

Get regular childhood vision screenings.
Children’s eyes change rapidly, making regular vision screenings the first and most important step in detecting and correcting eye problems early. Here is a guideline on when to schedule childhood eye exams:

  • Pre-school age, between age 3 and 3 1/2
  • Entering school
  • Experiencing a possible vision problem

For school-age children, a vision screening is a quick less comprehensive exam than a dilated eye exam. Your pediatrician can perform a vision screening during regular checkups. Back to school is the perfect time to schedule your child’s vision screening. If any issues arise during the screening process an appointment with an optometrist or ophthalmologist can be scheduled.

Do You Know Your Family Eye Health History?
Knowing your family history and sharing any eye diseases or conditions is extremely important in protecting your vision. Examples of common eye conditions include nearsightedness, crossed eye, known as strabismus, and lazy eye, known as amblyopia. If these are not treated in childhood, they can cause permanent vision loss in one eye.

Watch for Signals of Eye Problems.
The below are some common eye symptoms that could indicate a problem

  • Complaints of eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Squinting when reading or performing other common activities
  • One eye that turns in or out
  • Eyes that do not track in sync together


Fitness Resources

A variety of local gyms offer discounts to BUSD employees.  The list below provides current discounts of which Human Resources is aware.  If you know of others, please contact anyone in Human Resources and we will follow up with the company.








CCCSIG Enrollment Portal

Enter Corporate ID:  # 111131

To view/print flyer and 3-day pass, click here.


For rates, click h


All active employees

(perm, sub and contractors)/retirees and their families are eligible as long as they can show proof of employment.

All new members receive ZERO initiation fee and $10 off monthly membership dues for 6 months.


**Special 12-Days of Fitness**

Diamond Hills is offering a special 12 Days of Fitness holiday gift membership to all new members.  For BUSD employees who are Diamond Hills members, they can give the gift of health and fitness to a friend or family member this holiday season.

It’s a great gift and best of all it’s FREE!  This holiday promotion will run until December 20th, 2018. Please contact:  Ann Mead at Diamond Hills at

All currently employed by BUSD can receive discount promotion. You will need to show your BUSD badge or document/such as pay stub showing BUSD as employer.

No Start Up Fee

Discounted Rate ($47)

FREE Personal Training Assessment

FREE Two-Week Mx4 Class Pass 

See Flier Here

CLICK HERE CLICK HERE Only active employees (which include perm, sub and contractors) are eligible. Retirees are not eligible. Employees can add on family members, who also receive a discount on the add on rate. When enrolling, be sure to mention CCCSIG for discount (not BUSD).

* Teacher Special! $79 for the first month and $129 after that. All teachers can come for 1 week FREE too and try it out. That is for unlimited classes, nutritional support and personal training. 


*Boot Camp Special! 6 week Boot Camp Starting August 25 is only $189 - a $50 savings.  


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