Hundreds of Ventura County employees will receive bonuses this month for taking part in a health program that encourages them to quit smoking, lose weight or participate in other health-saving activities.
Under the county's Reach Out for Wellness Program, employees earn points for being examined for problems such as high cholesterol and high body fat, said program administrator Susan Heller.
Ninety employees who participated in the program will get a bonus of $150 for earning 75 to 99 points under the program, and another 277 employees will receive a full bonus of $200 for collecting 100 points, Heller said.
Employees will receive the bonuses, totaling more than $74,000, by Dec. 13.
The County Board of Supervisors has approved eight hours per year of work release time for employees to take courses on weight or stress management, blood pressure or cholesterol control, or pre- or postnatal care.