The Torch
Employees increase conservation acreage

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a federal Department of Agriculture program available to states to enhance financial incentives and support for landowners. The program allows state-employed conservations to implement conservation practices to reduce agriculture’s impact on environment, wildlife, water and oil.

Indiana State Department of Agriculture employees Celia Tharp of Delphi, Chris Gardner of Rochester and Jerod Chew of Bloomington, teamed together to implement conservation practices. The team not only developed the administrative process, but also worked side-by-side with landowners to plan, survey and employ the practices.

To date, Indiana’s CREP acres total 3,959 – more than half the state’s goal – bringing $7.9 million to Indiana to assist in conservation implementation, The state’s designed priority areas are in three watersheds, but plans call for adding five more watersheds near the Wabash River.

Incentives abound with One Care Street

The State of Indiana is about to embark on its third year with the One Care Street program. Some state employees are well acquainted with the program, others are not that familiar with it.

One Care Street is open to all state employees who are covered by the state’s health insurance program. Spouses are included, too, as long as they also have state-sponsored health insurance. The program focuses on helping state employees get and stay healthy.

There is no fee for an employee to participate. In fact, it’s just the opposite – there is an incentive of $260 for an employee with single coverage; for an employee and covered spouse, the incentive is $390. Incentives are paid twice a year – in April and October.

Following is a list of some of the topics available to participants when taking advantage of One Care Street health coaching. If you have a particular need and it is not listed here, feel free to contact One Care Street and talk with a health coach.

Managing physical activity and diet for diabetes

  • Creating a walking program during break times at work
  • Preparing for doctor’s consultations
  • Helping with accountability for health and fitness goals
  • Finding different ways of dealing with workplace stress
  • Being creative in discovering ways of being physically active
  • Developing a plan to get to a healthier weight
  • Addressing depression through increased physical activity
  • Developing a plan to manage retirement concerns
  • Navigating the health care system to find affordable medications
  • Finding motivation to finally quit smoking
  • Providing reliable health information in clear, straightforward format
  • Developing plans to eat nutritiously
  • Overcoming social avoidance
  • Developing an assertive approach with co-workers
  • Preventing stress from challenging family or work relationships

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