The County has a long term practice of focusing on employee wellness programs and activities. The focus on wellness is to improve the employee's long term health and quality of life. Emphasis on wellness, specifically metabolic syndrome, reduces insurance costs related to diabetes, heart disease, etc. Through biennial biometric testing employees are able to identify risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome, create a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk factors and avoid long-term health costs. Programs available to assist in reducing risk factors include Naturally Slim, Real Appeal and Weight Watchers. Employees can review HR Policy P or their collective bargaining agreement to learn more about the Healthy Lifestyles program and options available to them.