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Employee Wellness Challenges
Employees and their spouses who are on the Conference insurance have the opportunity to participate in our monthly wellness challenges and earn incentives. Each month, two challenges will be offered. Complete one of those two challenges during the month and email a report to firstname.lastname@example.org between the first and tenth of the next month in order to receive the incentive.
This Month's Wellness Challenge Options:
- Get up and Move – Studies are showing that sitting behind a desk or a computer all day is super bad for your health. Some are saying a sedentary lifestyle is worse than smoking. Studies also show that even if you go to the gym every day, but spend the rest of the day sitting, you’ve negated your exercise at the gym. So here’s a challenge out of the Daniel Plan. Set an alarm for every hour and get up and move for 5 minutes. When you sit back down, reset your alarm. I’ve been doing this with my iPad this month. It’s a good reminder. Do this challenge—getting up and moving for at least 5 minutes every hour—at least five days a week each week.
- Calorie Counting – One of the things that I’ve really learned in the last three months is that exercise alone will never help us shed unwanted pounds. For years, I’ve exercised hard and a lot and my weight didn’t budge. Three months ago, I began counting calories and limiting how many calories I eat per day and I’ve lost 15 pounds. With more than 65% of our team overweight or obese, we need to be more aware of how many calories we’re taking in each day. So this challenge is to count how many calories you’re eating a day. You do NOT need to limit your calories, though you’re welcome to if you choose. You just need to track them. Become aware of how many calories are in various food and drink and how many you’re consuming on a regular day. There are some great apps that can assist you in this. I’m using the free MyFitnessPal app and love it. (It allows me to track calories eaten as well as calories burned in exercise, and tells me how many I should consume a day in order to lose the weight I want to lose.) Track your calories at least 5 days a week each week.
Last Month's Wellness Challenge Options:
- Back the Basics Part 2—so we’ll keep on with the 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day, drinking 64 ounces of water a day, and eating a healthy breakfast (give yourself the option of one day “off” a week) and add 3 hours of exercising a week. You choose the exercise. Just get in something that gets you moving.
- Gratitude with a Twist—for November, we challenged people to list a dozen things a day you were grateful for. We’re going to do another gratitude challenge for February, but with a twist. Instead of listing a dozen things you’re grateful for, write 4 thank you notes/cards a week and send them to someone you appreciate. Don’t just think about family and friends—look for people who go the extra mile, who make your day a little better, etc. Thank people who might not get thanked often or expect a thank you note.