Certainly the new buzz words of today.
As we are faced with rising healthcare costs, wellness and our ability to impact our wellbeing by taking healthy steps has become paramount to controlling costs.
Insurance companies are adding wellness incentives to their plans. Employers are beginning to use wellness incentives to help employees control their costs and earn points toward HRA or HSA accounts. Insurance brokers are adding wellness teams to their ranks – teams that provide wellness information and newsletters for their clients to distribute to staff as well as ideas and frameworks for additional programs.
Many employers are also using wellness initiatives to keep employees engaged and motivated to stay well and also have some fun at work.
Through our Safety/Wellness Committee here at CDS, we run fitness and wellness challenges throughout the year. The challenges have been both team and individual based. We have a workforce spread over many states, and our staff also travels a lot. The challenges have been structured so that everyone can participate. You don’t have to belong to a gym or own expensive equipment. Many of the activities can be done while traveling on the road. Staff members of all ages and fitness levels are able to participate.
Some of our wellness initiatives have included steps challenges, weight loss challenges, and calorie burn challenges.
Our current challenge is a 10 week team challenge, it started in October and finishes in December. We have 6 teams of 4 participating. It has 4 components – aerobic, anaerobic, nutrition and wellness. We earn a point for each component we complete each day. So 4 possible points per day for a total of 28 possible each week. Each week we get a new set of criteria for each component. An example from a recent week:
- Complete 20 minutes of cardio, your choice of method (aerobic)
- Complete 4 sets of crunches or squats (anaerobic)
- Eat 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of veggies (nutrition)
- Limit to 1 hour of TV/day (wellness)
It’s been fun… and challenging! We’re having a blast competing with each other, challenging ourselves to try something new and developing healthy habits.
Wellness at work… it can work for you!