I am over weight and generally out of shape and my doctor has suggested that I should work out regularly. I have accumulated a large amount of sick leave and was hoping to use that to be able to go to the gym a few times a week during lunch.
My job responsibilities are such that taking a 2 hour lunch break a couple of days a week. Alternatively, we have flexible working hours so instead of taking a break in the middle of the day I could start work an hour late or leave an hour early. None of these options would negatively effect my co-workers ability to perform their jobs. It also would not be overly detrimental to my productivity (or more accurately I would still be able to exceed my annual performance goals).
I work for the US government as a general schedule (GS) civilian employee. I believe this is the official sick leave policy. To be clear, the whole idea of using the sick leave is reduce the number of hours that I work a week such that I am maximally taking advantage of a benefit that my employer provides. That said, I do not wish to violate the policy and still intend on exceeding my performance goals.
Would going to the gym on the advice of a doctor be considered receiving medical treatment?
Potentially the more general question is if any routine and regular preventative/wellness care qualifies for sick leave.