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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 email@example.com between the first and tenth of the next month in order to receive the incentive.
This Month's Wellness Challenge Options:
- Back by popular demand – The Forced Fun Challenge! We did this challenge earlier this year and have been asked to repeat it. People find that they make time for fun in their schedule when it’s on their to-do list. December is a busy month filled with extra programs and church services, yet it should be a time for family. So the challenge is to get three hours of fun—none work related fun—in each week during the month of December. You decide what is fun for you—what is fun for one person may not be fun for another. Some of them most fun I had this summer was hiking the Smokey Mountains, though for some, hiking would not be fun. The only two requirements for this challenge is that the fun cannot be related to work and you must complete three hours a week. When you report, you'll need to share a few of the fun things you've done.
- This challenge was suggested by my doctor. She said that it’s one of the biggest thing people do wrong in their diet. Portion control. People do not realize how much a serving of something is. So this challenge is Serving Size Awareness. To make this simpler, you don’t have to limit your servings of anything, just be aware of how many servings you’re eating. How much is a serving of pasta? Of chips? Read the box, the bag or can. Here’s a link to a website that can help. http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-portion-size-plate They have a downloadable wallet size chart to help. So five days a week, every week in December, keep track of how many servings of what you’re eating. Get a small journal, download an app, or some way of keeping a record, and then take note of the serving size and mark it down. You can eat 3 servings of pasta in one sitting, but be aware of how much is a serving and mark down that you’ve eaten three servings. You won’t need to tell me how many servings you’ve eaten of anything. All I’ll want you to report is what you learn from this challenge. For this challenge, the goal is to become aware of serving sizes and how many we’re eating.
Last Month's Wellness Challenge Options:
- A Dozen a Day (BMA) – It’s November and with the crisp fall weather comes Thanksgiving and a reminder that giving thanks is important to our health. So one option for challenges this month is to write a dozen things you are thankful for each day. To add a little more challenge to this challenge, take the time at the end of each day—or the next morning, if you’re a morning person, and spend some time in prayer, thanking God for each thing on your list of a dozen. So that’s a dozen a day, every day in November, and a taking some time to thank God for each of those things. Studies have shown that an attitude of gratitude does impact our physical and mental health. Adding the prayer time causes it to impact our spiritual health as well.
- Exercise Wildcard – We’ve given a wildcard challenge a couple of times before, where you get to choose your own challenge. It has to be a true challenge—not something you’re already doing, but something you want to be doing and aren’t. Or at least aren’t on a regular enough basis. This month’s wildcard needs to specifically be an exercise challenge. What’s the next step you need to take in improving your physical fitness? What will it take to move your exercise routine to the next level? Or to any level? Set a goal, make it a real challenge for you, and this will be your November challenge. When you report your challenges in December, you’ll have to report what your challenge was.
- 10,000 a Day (BMA) – Experts recommend a minimum of 10,000 steps a day for good health. So that’s our exercise challenge for this month. Get 10,000 steps in each day throughout November. You can use a pedometer (I have some at the office that I’ll try to get over to Steve at BMA) or download an app—there are a number of different apps for either the iPhone or the Andriod that will help you track your steps.