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County workers eligible for half-price rec passes

Effort is part of wellness program

POSTED: May 16, 2013 12:28 a.m.

Forsyth County government employees could be offered recreation center fitness passes at half price as part of a new wellness program.

The parks and recreation board voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve the suggestion of staff member Taylor Davis, who sits on the county’s wellness program committee. Member Daniel Slott was absent for the vote.

If approved by the county commission, all weight room and exercise class passes, except a one-day visit, would be 50 percent off for county workers.

The passes would allow use of the gym or entry to classes at the county’s three recreation centers.

Davis said 33 of Forsyth’s more than 1,400 employees currently use the county centers.

“We sent a survey out to all the county employees and one thing they requested was a discounted rate for the memberships,” he said.

Parks director Jerry Kinsey said the county hopes to save money in insurance costs by offering an inexpensive option to stay fit.

Forsyth launched the wellness program in September as a way to reduce rapidly rising costs in the employee health insurance plan.

According to board member Kimberly Brown, the offer likely would also benefit the parks department.

“That would be revenue that we probably weren’t going to get anyway,” she said.



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