Welcome to the Berrien County Trial Court Employee Health and Wellness page!  

Here you'll find information ABOUT educational events, links to helpful health related information, as well as information on the Health and Wellness Challenges.

Health and Wellness Challenge information

The Health and Wellness Committee invite you to partake in a monthly Wellness Challenge. Each Challenge will be three weeks long with at least one week to rest and reset for the next Challenge.

The Challenge will be done in teams of 3 to 5 people. Some months you’ll be able to pick your own team and some months the teams will be chosen at random. This will allow us to get to know people across the Trial Court.

With each Challenge there will be a calendar for you to keep track of your points as well as a list of activities to earn your points. Each team will have a Team Captain who is responsible for submitting the team’s points and keeping their team on track. At the end of each week, the team captain will send their team’s total to our Wellness Challenge Leader Kelly Milnickel.

Currently, the cost to participate is $2 per person. The winning team gets to split the prize.

If you have any questions regarding the Wellness Challenge, please contact Kelly kmilnick@berriencounty.org .


Click the link below to see the calendar for April. Take special notice of those bonus point days and add up those points!

April 2018 Wellness Challenge


Your Trial Court Health and Wellness Committee 

We are pleased to announce the March 2018 Winners of the Health and Wellness Challenge:


"Dwindling DIVAS" 

(Dana Blaylock, Megan DeVoir, Christi Wright, Toni Hughes)

Dwindling Divas

Heavy Metal Mammals

Dana Blaylock, Megan DeVoir, Christi Wright, Toni Hughes

Carissa Grimm, Kelly Milnickel, Jessica Ramirez, Erica Griessel

Week 1

Week 1223

Week 2

Week 2297

Week 3

Week 3256





The Cash Cows

Miss Fits

Kaylie Wittlie, Elisa Hanka, Deb Narregan, Lisa Kuntz, Andrea Mata, Bambi Haulcomb

Jessica Brown, Rebecca Cahill, Jean Lawrence, Kara Costigan

Week 1

Week 1130

Week 2

Week 2265

Week 3

Week 3253





Center Folds

Thinner Than You

Kendell Casey, Kathy Hayes, Charity Hackett, Megan Davis, Julie Antonini

Laura Haley, Rebecca Payne, Lerita Fellows, Debra Kitron, Debbie Butler

Week 1

Week 1156

Week 2

Week 2215

Week 3

Week 3177





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Just When you thought you didn't have time to exercise ... Join the Court Walkers Group which will be held on Mondays,   meeting right out by the front at 12:00 pm and then ending by 12:30, as long as the weather cooperates. A great way to have fun and meet other court employees. 


Check Mark3 If you plan to attend ANY of the BELOW Healthy activities please email, in advance, the designated instructor at the email provided Below.


This activity is scheduled for the lunch hour (12-1 PM) on the following dates and locations:

April 18, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 13, June 27      (Jury Assembly Room)

Rich Dama rdama@berriencounty.org will lead this activity. Aside from being the Director of the Juvenile Center, he is also a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been meditating for over 45 years. Here’s what you can expect if you join our bi-weekly meditation group.

"First you will sit comfortably with your spine as straight as possible. It’s not necessary to twist your body into a pretzel, in fact, the more relaxed you are, the better your experience will be. I will ask you to close your eyes and to focus part of your attention to the simple act of breathing, and the other part of your mind to focus on my voice as I guide you through some pleasant visualizations and mind exercises. The vast majority of people describe meditation as an incredibly calming and peaceful experience. The sessions will last about 30 minutes, but you can stop any time.

While meditation is often associated with Eastern religions, meditation itself is not a religious practice and does not violate the tenants of any religion. Also, please know that you are always in control and can open your eyes at any time and cannot be made to do anything against your will.

I look forward to meditating with you soon."



Cardio Drumming Classes 

Join this fun and motivating class on Tuesday and Thursday Nights after hours on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse from 5:15 - 6:15 PM.

Drum Team

The class is led by Stacey Zabel szabel@berriencounty.org , Loretta Baker lbaker3@berriencounty.org and Judy Phillips jphillip@berriencounty.org

Cardio-Drumming is a workout where you will follow your leaders as they show you a routine for each song. Drumming can be adjusted to work at a level that is good for you. Drumming can be done at high intensity, low intensity or even sitting in a chair for those with leg injuries. What you put in is what you will get out of this exercise experience. Drumming is a good way to relieve stress and leaves you feeling happy!!!           

 *ALWAYS check with your doctor before doing any type of exercise program.*

We do an hour of Cardio-Drumming with one last song of stretching. There is a sign-up sheet each night. Please notify the instructor in advance so we know who to expect and how many people are attending the class.

We want everyone to remember while drumming to just keep moving and more importantly have fun!!! We want this to be a fun and positive experience for everyone involved! We also want everyone to feel welcomed. This is all done with loud music, laughing and if you feel motivated enough, make-up a routine to your favorite song and join us up front to teach it to everyone!!!

Participants will need to purchase the following: 


-Bucket w/rope handles (found at Walmart or Meijer's)

-Exercise Ball (size 65 or larger)

-Set of Drum Sticks (if you need Stacey to purchase a set, get $5.00 to her and she will pick them up)

-A set of hand weights 3 lbs. or less (we will use these for routines and they also hold your bucket in place while drumming)

These items will need to be stored in your work space or car.