COURT EMPLOYEES MOBILIZE FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS
From aerobic kickboxing to Weight Watchers and beyond, court employees throughout the state have been enthusiastically participating in programs to promote health and fitness. In Sussex County, after-work aerobic kickboxing classes have been a huge success. Meeting several days a week after work, employees have been working together to improve their health and fitness while having fun in the process. Building on the success of the kickboxing classes, a new class in yoga has recently begun and employees report that they are equally enjoying this new offering. Both classes were developed and are taught by Albert Ross, a court security supervisor with the Court of Common Pleas.
Meanwhile, employees in the New Castle County Courthouse are feeling better as the result of their participation in the lunch hour Weight Watcher’s program that is sponsored by the State of Delaware’s DelaWELL program and coordinated in the Courthouse by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The program, which is filled to capacity, began April 3rd and will continue for 13 weeks. Participating employees receive a discounted rate and, if they have health insurance through the State and attend at least eighty percent of the meetings, will receive a full refund. According to Kirsten Morris, staff trainer for the AOC, there were more employees interested in participating than available spots so additional sessions will be scheduled in the future. Kirsten has also worked with DelaWELL to bring other health-related lunch hour programs through DelaWell to the New Castle County Courthouse and has plans to extend these types of programs to Kent and Sussex Counties.
In addition, Kirsten, who is a Red Cross instructor, has been working with court security personnel to train them for Red Cross certification in CPR, AED (automatic external defibrillator) use, and first aid. This will prepare them to handle emergencies involving other court staff or the public until medical assistance arrives. Those who have undergone the training find it to be both fun and reassuring to know that they can help to save someone’s life in an emergency situation. An annual refresher course will be offered as certifications expire so that security staff can retain their Red Cross certification. In addition, once initial certification of court security staff is completed, training in CPR and AED will be offered to other court staff who may be interested.