Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Staying Fit at Work...

I am very fortunate to work for a Fortune 500 company that tries to make it easy for us employees to stay in shape.....we have a very nice workout room (that honestly I rarely use), my company provides discounts at various gyms and fitness centers, and we even have a Health & Wellness Committee that does various incentives/activities to promote fitness among our employees.....



Last year the Health and Wellness committee sponsored a Step Challenge and sold employees little pedometers to track their steps for 3 months, and those that had more than a certain number of steps were entered in a drawing for a Wii fit...... many employees participated (including myself) and it was a fun event.

I decided that the committe should build on the Step Challenge from last year and have a "Become a Runner" challenge. Originally I was calling it the "Half Marathon" Challenge, but then I changed it to make it more accessible to all running levels. This past week I made a presentation to the committee, asking them to sponsor this challenge for our employees......here is how it would work, as I presented it:



2009 “Become a Runner” Challenge


The Become a Runner Challenge basically is all about getting our employees involved in running/walking a race together. I think the right distance would either be a 10K or a half marathon. ( I later revised this to say 5K or whatever would get the employee moving)

We could identify a race or several races that we as co-workers could participate in together, and have them sponsored by the Health and Wellness Committee.

We would invite our employees, spouses, friends, etc to run in these races together. The goal is not to win, but to finish. It would be great if we could get 10% employee participation.

The Challenge
For employees, we would issue the challenge and encourage people to register for designated race(s). Then, they would notify the official team coordinator (TBD) that they plan to run the race.

Then, if they complete the race---even if they only walk—they will receive the following:

--An official Team t-shirt. We will all wear these the day of the race.
--Reimbursement for their registration fee.
--Official public recognition at the next All Employee Meeting following the race.

In addition, we could measure improvements in all kinds of things for our employees, such as BMI, weight loss, heart rate, cholestorol levels, blood pressure, increase in distances ran, etc, etc.


I then gave the committee a list of all the health benefits that runners experience. Much of it was what I shared it one of my previous posts.

I also floated the idea of employees traveling together to a race destination, and also the idea that the company could reimburse 3 or 4 race registrations a year for each employee as an ongoing benefit.

I do not know if any of these ideas will go anywhere, but the committe seemed very interested...I will keep you all posted.................

16 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

That would be cool if they used your idea!

RunningLaur said...

Good luck! It'd be fantastic if your company would pick up the idea.

Jocelyn said...

What a great idea!

Melanie said...

Great idea and kudos to you for moving it forward! I hope they get as excited about it as you are :)

Julie said...

What a great idea! Hope they implement it, or at least part of it. Keep us posted!

aron said...

that is such a great idea!!! i hope it gets used... keep us updated!

Jess said...

That's an awesome idea! I hope they use it!

Erik said...

Awesome idea. It honestly sounds like you work for the same company as I do.

We also have:

A wellness committee
A free gym
Discounted memberships to gyms around town
They are very big on employee health here also.

We have a cool thing here, where they will pay for 5 different races throughout the year for anyone that wants to run. We have REALLY good participation and it's growing every year.

That is honestly what got me started.

Now I'm totally hooked.

E

joyRuN said...

That was great that you put that challenge proposal together!!

Running and living said...

What a great idea! Very creative! Good luck, Ana-Maria

I Run for Fun said...

Wonderful idea! Hope they implement it. Keep us posted.

Lily on the Road said...

Sounds GREAT!!

RunToFinish said...

holy cow where do you work! I can't even get us to do a group volleyball league! way to go on being proactive

Laurel said...

Oooh, what a great idea! Great job on getting your work involved!

I would kill for that workout room at work.

Joe said...

That sounds great! I'm curious to see how it works out. I'd love to start something like that at my school where I teach.

ShirleyPerly said...

How fortunate that your company is supportive of employees staying fit. I hope they take up your idea!