Promote Good Health in Your Office By Celebrating "Wellness Week"

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If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know just how tough it can be to shake up your typical routine. We already know it’s not good to stay sedentary all day – sitting for excessively long periods of time without getting up from your desk to stretch isn’t ideal for your body and even is a risk factor for early death. It’s essential that office leaders and upper management take the health of their employees seriously, and thankfully, we’re steadily trending in that direction.

“There’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause, researchers said, based on a study of nearly 8,000 adults. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death. - CNN

But how can you encourage your employees to take care of themselves on the job? Make it fun, of course! Try celebrating a “Wellness Week” once a year and planning health-related events during the work day to break up the standard 9 to 5.

Here are some ideas.

HOST A HEALTHY POTLUCK LUNCH

One of the best ways to get people up out of their seats is free food! Post a sign-up sheet in your break room asking for participants to bring in a dish for a healthy potluck lunch. Not only is this a great way to encourage healthy eating habits, it’s also an opportunity for team members who might not work together on a daily basis to get to know one another. If the weather is nice, try having your healthy potluck lunch outside!

BRING AN INSTRUCTOR IN TO HOST A FITNESS CLASS

There are many options if you’re looking to bring an instructor in to teach a fitness class during lunch, after hours, or even just during a pre-determined half hour where all employees are allowed to leave their desks and participate. For example, Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga classes with certified instructors, an excellent way to de-stress, get healthy, and move mindfully. On-site yoga classes are the perfect way to cater to all ages and skill levels because every yoga pose can be modified to fit an individual’s capabilities. For the extra active office, try an outdoor Zumba class, a group run, or a kickboxing session!

START A WEEK-LONG WALKING CHALLENGE USING FITNESS TRACKERS

This one is fun because it can be repeated throughout the year. Everyone loves a bit of competition! Encourage your employees with fitness trackers to break up into teams and get stepping! The competition can cater to a number of goals: the team with the most total steps wins, every team that hits 100,000 steps collectively gets a prize, or each individual who hits 10,000 steps per day during the week is entered into a raffle. Gauge interest and see what your office leans toward!

PULL TOGETHER AN EMPLOYEE-WRITTEN HEALTHY RECIPE BOOK

Send out a company-wide email in search of healthy home-cooked recipes, and at the end of the week, gather the recipes together and print a book (or several)! If you’re a sustainable company and you’d like to stay away from printing hard pages, try pulling together an e-book and sending it out to each employee. This is a unique way to gift each member of your team with something they’ll always have a use for!

PARTNER WITH A LOCAL HEALTH-FOCUSED COMPANY FOR AN EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT

If you work near a juicery or a healthy food joint, see if you can partner with them for a week-long employee discount. Suggest an exchange for free promotion on your website or social media accounts. This is a nice way to start building relationships in your community, and if your employees enjoy the food or drink after utilizing their discount, they may just incorporate a healthy meal into their diet every so often!

What ways have you seen companies embrace wellness? Connect with us for more ideas, and keep us posted if your company hosts a Wellness Week!

Sydnie Lopolito