Encouraging coworkers to get active is not only good for their health but can also help the company to offset some of the health insurance expenses. Here’s a few ways to do it:
Step Challenge: It can be 5,000 steps a day or 20,000 steps a day but starting a step challenge does have an impact on the overall health of a company. “About 10,000 steps is the equivalent of exercising strenuously for 30 minutes or walking five miles per day. By following this routine, you'll expend an additional 2,000 to 3,500 calories per week. One pound of fat equals 3,500 calories.” - Livestrong.com Walking an extra 10,000 steps, doesn’t seem like much in the short run but in the long run it pays off. Have your team do the contest for a month, six months, or even a year with an incentive for whoever has the most steps can get some paid time off or a lower co-pay.
5K or Race Incentive: Teaming up coworkers to have training partners or have the whole team train for a 5K or race be it running or walking. It is an excellent way to incorporate health from outside the office to your team. Incentivizing your employees by covering all or part of the cost of the sign-up is a great way to encourage them to participate.
Healthy Snack Pantry: Toss those old snacks and bring in the new. Incorporating healthy (and delicious) snacks into your work pantry or kitchen is a step in the right direction. Rather than loading up the kitchen with cookies and junk food, substitute it for nuts, popcorn, fruit leathers, or bars with a clean ingredient list. Using a service, like SnackItToMe!, will ensure your snacks are clean and show up when you need them! These small swaps, like the step challenge, may seem small in the short run but make all the difference over the long term.
These are three great ways to promote wellness in your office, but there are many other ways to do so. You may be surprised at how much of a difference these little changes will make in the performance of your team!