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Business briefs for Feb. 20

February 20, 2012
Marshall Independent

Markell earns FIC designation

Dan Markell has earned FIC (Fraternal Insurance Counselor) of the Year from Catholic United Financial. This award is given by the company to the sales representative who has maintained a high rate of sales as well as being involved in community affairs and for promoting company products and services. Markell and his wife, Arlene, will be sent to represent Catholic United Financial at the FIC convention later this spring. He will compete for national honors among FIC winners from other fraternal life insurance companies.

Markell has been in the life insurance and annuity sales business for nearly three years. His service area includes Marshall, Minneota, Ghent, Green Valley, Wilno, Pipestone, Ivanhoe, Vesta, Tyler, Lake Benton, Cottonwood, Lucan as well as the rural areas in parts of four counties in southwestern Minnesota.

ACMC-Marshall welcomes new dietitian

Affiliated Community Medical Center in Marshall welcomes registered dietitian, Sheila Smallfield, to its team of healthcare specialists. She will work together with the multi-specialty healthcare team to offer nutrition tips and techniques and customized education to help patients reach their health goals.

Smallfield received her undergraduate degree in nutrition and food science/dietetics from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D. She is a registered dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She specializes in counseling patients about proper nutrition for all life stages including pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics.

Avera offers wellness program for employees

Avera has introduced an employee wellness program to help employees meet its wellness goals. The program "To Your Health" being introduced during February will provide free health screenings, health risk assessments and health advising sessions to all benefits eligible employees across the region.

"We are very excited to be able to offer this additional benefit to our employees," said Linda Breckenridge, vice president of benefits for Avera. "Employees are our most valued resource and we are committed to not only providing an outstanding working environment, but assistance in finding life balance and better health."

The program will provide free health screenings, health risk assessments and health advising to enrolled employees. The health advising sessions provide feedback to employees and help them develop a plan to improve and achieve health goals.

Avera is partnering with HealthFitness, a national leader in health improvement solutions to offer the program.

"The program goal is to help our employees learn their personal risks for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions through the confidential health risk assessment," said Breckenridge.

Avera's wellness program kicked off Feb. 1. Health screenings are scheduled across the region in February and March with health coaching sessions to follow as scheduled by the employees.



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