Coming Soon: A House Wellness Center for Employees
Omnibus spending bill allocated money to establish program

Coming to a House wellness program near you? The chief administrative officer is establishing a House wellness program as soon as this year. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A wellness program for House employees is ramping up, including a search for a full-time coordinator and plans for a “wellness center” storefront in the Capitol complex. 

“Having worked on the Hill for several decades, I know how rewarding it can be, but I also know how stressful it is and how it impacts you professionally and personally,” said House Chief Administrative Officer Philip G. Kiko.

Health and Wellness Coach Week Kicks Off

Payne introduced the Health and Wellness Coach Resolution on Dec. 3. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Health and Wellness Coach Week began on Capitol Hill on Monday, which supports and promotes health coaching.  

The first event was a briefing, “Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into Lasting Positive Change,” sponsored by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The other main event is a cooking demonstration on Friday featuring nutritionist Holli Thompson. Social media campaigns will also occur throughout the week. “Now more than ever, we need to recognize the contributions of health and wellness coaches and lend them support as they continue to inspire positive behavior changes that will dramatically lower our nation’s health care costs,” Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., said in a statement.