State Employees' Farmer on the Mall

yellow squash and red strawberriesThe downtown Government Complex State Employees’ Farmer on the Mall fruit and vegetable stand is open April through November providing fresh, local produce. Farmer Roger Ball is available at two locations: Bicentennial Mall near the Liberty Bell, across from the Legislative Building, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, and Halifax Mall between the Revenue building and the Department of Public Instruction building, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays.

Bags for purchases are always provided but shoppers are welcome to bring their own. Farmer on the Mall is offered rain or shine, unless dangerous weather conditions exist. The program is a collaborative effort of the Departments of Insurance, Agriculture and Consumer Services, Administration and the Office of State Human Resources.

Take a look at the What's In Season? availability chart to ensure that you are buying fruits and vegetables at the peak of their freshness. The Synergy Wheel from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shows how fruits and vegetables keep you healthy.

The Produce Box

The Produce Box, a WeSave member, offers another fresh produce option for state employees located in and around most metropolitan areas. The Produce Box delivers fresh fruits and vegetables from North Carolina farmers to your home or office. Visit the Produce Box website to learn more and find out if delivery is available in your area.

Onsite Nutrition Counseling and Monthly Lunch and Learns

counselor at a lunch and learn session talks about nutritional counselingThe Onsite Nutrition Counseling initiative is offered in partnership with the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and provides weekly nutritional counseling services and monthly Lunch and Learn sessions to interested state employees. State employees electing 80/20 plan coverage under the State Health Plan can participate in this program unlimited and free of charge. State employees electing the 70/30 plan have free access to the monthly Lunch and  Learns. The program is available to Wellness leaders across the state. Those interested in starting an onsite nutrition counseling initative should review the step-by-step process to set up onsite nutritional counseling, and contact Katherine Hilliard by email at or by phone at 919.807.4829.

Miles for Wellness

Miles for Wellness is a virtual, team-based walking initiative by and for the state employees of North Carolina. The purpose of Miles for Wellness is to encourage and support employees to increase their level of physical activity, with the goal of 10,000 steps, or the equivalent of five miles, achieved most days of the week. Visit the Miles for Wellness website to learn more.

The North Carolina Wellness and Safety Expo for State Employees

State workers talking to health fair participantThe State Employees’ Wellness and Safety Expo takes place in late summer at the State Fair grounds. Hosted by the Office of State Human Resources, the Department of Transportation, partner agencies and universities, the Expo provides opportunities for Wake County and surrounding-area state employees to connect with wellness and safety professionals and take advantage of health screenings such as bone density, mammography, biometric and body mass composition for free or at reduced costs. In addition, employees can participate in a blood drive and demonstrations for healthy cooking and exercise programs.