Zika Information from Health Advocates

Zika EAP

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Free Employee Biometric Screening returning to a campus near you.

Know your numbers

We are returning to your campus for our Fall semester Biometric Screenings.  

biometric-screening fall 2016

A biometric screening is a short, confidential test that screens for certain diseases or conditions by checking your:

  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose Level
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

These biometric screenings will be provided by a third-party vendor, on each campus.  SPC employees can complete their biometric screenings at one the on-campus offerings.

SPC Human Resources will not receive any individual employee results.  SPC Human Resources will only receive the aggregate data for the entire employee population.  These results will direct the education, tools, and resources of the SPC Wellness Program.

***Employees are limited to 1 biometric screening per calendar year. ***

For more information, please visit our Biometric Screening page.

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Free & Confidential Video Counseling now via Health Advocates

EAP Video

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Annual Routine Adult Examination & the $100 Wellness Incentive


We have a another option for you to receive your 2017 $100 Wellness Incentive!

Employees enrolled in one of the three Aetna Medical Plans offered by the college, can now qualify for the 2017 $100.00 Wellness Incentive by going to your doctor and receiving your Annual Routine Adult Examination.

No additional paperwork is necessary!

Simply take part in your Annual Routine Adult Examination at your doctor’s office AND go online to complete the Aetna Health Risk Assessment (HRA), and you are eligible for the 2017 $100.00 Wellness Incentive.


Both must be completed within the same calendar year to qualify for the incentive.

Do not wait, schedule your doctor’s appointment and fill out your Aetna HRA today!

To Learn more visit: Annual Routine Adult Examination

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step out 2016

Take Charge. Inspire Others. That’s What WE’RE About.

Every day someone living with diabetes faces a challenge. Our lives are touched by diabetes and chances are your life is, too. You can make a difference and help those burdened by diabetes by joining our team.

Join Our Team!

We walk in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® because today diabetes will claim 200 lives. We walk because every 23 seconds someone new is diagnosed. We walk because our family and friends are among the nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States who have diabetes.
When you walk and fundraise with us:

  • You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
  • You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
  • You fund life-saving research.
  • You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes to live well.

So what are you waiting for? Join our team and walk with us! You can make an impact in the fight against diabetes — today.

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Zika Virus Best Practices


Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed that as many as 14 people in South Florida have contracted the Zika virus after being bitten locally by infected mosquitoes. The Governor’s announcement vaulted responses from public health agencies and elected officials. Federal health officials relayed that this cluster of infections is the first time the virus has been spread locally in the continental United States. The virus has spread significantly in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where it could potentially affect some 10,000 pregnancies this year alone.



Health officials have anticipated Zika’s arrival in the continental United States since last fall. The confirmation that local mosquitoes have transmitted Zika in Florida echoed like a starter’s pistol in Congress, which left on its summer recess without passing legislation to fully fund efforts to combat Zika. Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is urging Congress to sprint back to Washington to reconvene in an emergency session. The House and Senate are not expected to return until after Labor Day.



Daunting efforts to control the spread of the disease are underway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has halted blood donation in South Florida. The most recent Zika studies suggest that a pool of 1.65 million childbearing women in Central and South America could be exposed to the virus by the end of the epidemic’s first wave. Across the Atlantic, British health officials issued travel bans for women who are pregnant or who could become pregnant while in Florida. Yet, health officials in Rio de Janeiro, the host city for this week’s 2016 Olympic Games, said that Zika should not deter travelers from coming to the Games, because cases of the virus had dipped significantly in recent months. We will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

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SPC goes Tobacco Free Today August 1st 2016

SPC Tobacco Free

Click here for more information and free resources for students and staff.

St. Petersburg College has always been dedicated to providing a healthy and productive environment for all faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. That is why we are happy to announce that as of August 1, all of our campuses and school properties will be tobacco-free zones. This means that tobacco use will be prohibited on all SPC properties, including outdoor areas and parking lots. This includes all types of tobacco, both smoked and smokeless, and electronic cigarettes. 

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Summer Employee Chair Massage coming back to your campus!


Enjoy a FREE 5 minute chair massage from SPC Wellness!

Check out our summer schedule below:

  • July 27th Tarpon Springs #FA-132 2PM-4PM
  • August 2nd Clearwater #ES-104 2PM-4PM
  • August 3rd Allstate #Desoto 11AM-1PM
  • August 4th Downtown #DC210 11AM-1PM
  • August 8th EpiTech #1-455 1PM-4PM
  • August 9th Gibbs #SA-114 2PM-4PM
  • August 12th HEC #274D 11AM-1PM


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SPC beat the Heat: Tips to stay cool this summer


Heat illness can range in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion to a potentially life-threatening heatstroke. Certain individuals are at higher risk in the heat.

What puts you at higher risk?

  • Diabetes, asthma or heart disease
  • Being elderly or very young
  • Being overweight or in poor physical condition
  • Recently been ill with a fever
  • Having had heat illness before
  • Hard chargers who ignore the warning signs

Preventive measures 

  • Avoid strenuous activities when the heat index is above above 105 degrees Fahrenheit or the dew point is above 70.
  • Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water an hour before beginning a workout.
  • Maintain fluid intake before thirst begins.
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear loose clothing to allow for circulation.

Heatstroke symptoms:

  • High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
  • Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. Your head may throb.

If you think a person may be experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number.

Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.

  • Getting the person into shade or indoors.
  • Removing excess clothing.
  • Cooling the person with whatever means available — a cool tub of water or a cool shower, garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.



*Source: The Mayo Clinic

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Stressed Out? Get Moving Today!


SPC employees can exercise at one of our on campus Wellness Centers for FREE!

Click here for more information.

Need help with an exercise program? Contact one of our Certified Personal Trainers & sign up for your 2 free personal training sessions!  Sign up here.


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