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Personnel Office Closes For One Day For Wellness Expo on St. Croix and St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Division of Personnel Offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas will be closed one day each so employees can participate in a wellness program sponsored by the government, according to Division of Personnel Director Milton Potter.

The St. Croix office of the Division of Personnel will be closed on Tuesday September 15, Potter said.

“The staff and management of the division would like to apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause, and thank all our clients for their understanding,” he said.

The St. Croix office will resume normal operation on Wednesday, September 16 at 8:00 a.m. The St. Thomas office will be closed on Friday September 18.  It will resume normal operations on Monday September 21 at 8:00 a.m., according to Potter.

The director said the closures in each district was needed so staff could participate in the “Fourth Annual Employee Wellness Expo” being held at Sunshine Mall on St. Croix and at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness center on St. Thomas.

This wellness campaign is being conducted by GESC Health Insurance Board in conjunction with the Office of the Governor, Division of Personnel, and CIGNA Insurance.

“This is the launch of government of the Virgin Islands Employees Wellness Campaign,” Potter said.

The mission of the Expo is “Helping Employees Achieve Long Term Health,” he said. It is the beginning of a yearlong campaign to encourage GVI employees to become better stewards of their “health care and lifestyle choices,” the director said.

“Events such as these help promote healthier lifestyles,” Potter said. “The Wellness Expo is available to all primary account members on GVI Health Insurance plan and all Retirees who are part of the GVI Health Insurance plan.”

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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