Employees and residents wore red and together they celebrated National Red Day – – symbolizing heart healthy initiatives. And celebrating healthy lifestyles was a joyous occasion since for the past year the staff have embarked on a tremendous health platform of their own.
A few of the staff’s initiatives include a collective weight loss of over 700 lbs when a community sponsored Weight Watchers at Work program was introduced, received their flu shot, scheduled yearly physicals, took part in Zumba, Yoga, and water exercise classes, and participated in Biometric Testing to check their “numbers” (such as cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, etc.). “As a result of the staff’s commitment to Wellness, the overall health of staff members has improved in addition to a decrease in health benefits”, said Audrey Super, Director of Human Resources. “We’ve noticed a direct correlation to healthy lifestyles and a productive work environment”, said Super. Elizabeth Kautz, RD, LDN, Nutrition Services Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Wellness Committee weekly cheers on an exercise challenge amongst staff. Each week, a trophy is given to the team who logged the most minutes of exercise. “So far, staff members have logged a staggering number of over 71,000 minutes of exercise since January 4th”, said Kautz. “It’s interesting how a small trophy awarded each week to the team who logged in the most exercise can motivate that winning (or moving) spirit”, says Kautz. A staff Wellness Committee meets regularly to create new and exciting ideas for healthy lifestyles. Recently, the Dining Services Department held cooking demonstrations featuring Spicy Pecan Chicken and offering quick tips on easy healthy weeknight meal preparation. Bi-weekly and monthly newsletters are distributed which offer tips and motivating success stories and it wouldn’t be a lunch break without many staff members taking a walk on their over 500 acre campus.