The Grayson County Commissioner’s Court held a special session on wellness Friday morning.

The Grayson County Commissioner’s Court held a special session on wellness Friday morning.


The Court, with many other county officials present, heard a presentation from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Texas Association of Counties. The organizations gave their recommendations for ways to create a wellness program for county employees. The goal of such a program would be to spread information about healthy lifestyles and combat illness before it begins.


Proposed courses of action included the creation of a wellness committee for the county, appointing a wellness coordinator and hosting educational programs on weight loss, everyday nutrition and the dangers of tobacco use.


"The county has not had this level of wellness program before," said Andrea Mory, director of human resources for the county. While there have been a handful of initiatives focusing on employee health in the past, this effort would be the first goal-based, result-oriented program for Grayson County.


The result the county is looking for is a little extra money. In addition to increased productivity and fewer days lost due to illness, the county is hoping to save on health-care costs.


"When our employees are better educated and have more information, our health-care premiums are better for it," Mory said. In a time of rising insurance costs, Mory said, preventative measures like those proposed make a great deal of sense.


After hearing the recommendations, the Court will gather feedback from other county officials and vote Tuesday on how best to proceed.