Take Control of Your Finances & Health “Reduce Debt. Reduce Stress” Project Summary The City of Kansas City, Missouri Deferred Compensation Plan partnered with the City’s deferred compensation provider, Nationwide Retirement Solutions, and the City’s Fountain of Health Wellness Program to develop a program to help employees “Take Control of Your Finances & Health”. As the group believes an employee’s health and finances have an impact on each other, they developed the first workshop, “Reduce Debt. Reduce Stress.” to help employees: Recognize the signs of too much debt Learn the true cost of debt Discover four keys to using credit wisely Realize the importance of converting debt reduction to a retirement investment Learn the causes, symptoms and effects of stress on your health The program was a tremendous success. It was very highly rated by attendees and plan loan and unforeseeable emergency activity decreased significantly. A second phase is now being developed to build further momentum.