May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, a great time to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and employees. Worksite health and wellness programs improve the overall health and productivity of a workforce. When the workforce is healthy, the entire community can benefit!
Employers can encourage their employees to be healthy in the following ways:
- Intramural Athletic Teams: Have employees form intramural athletic teams and challenge each other in friendly games of soccer, softball, kickball, or basketball. If there are enough teams, host a “May Madness” tournament across all company sports teams.
- Giant Salad Bowl: Ask employees to each bring in a different item to put into a giant salad. Provide a variety of low-fat or fat-free dressings.
- Snack Attack: Stage a competition for various teams to prepare and share healthy snacks with their teams/floor. Each participant brings the recipe including nutrition counts. Publish recipes in a company healthy snack cookbook.
- Race for Wellness: Plan a company 5K race. Employees organize training groups in each department and run or walk during a lunch break or after work. Employees can track their progress as they near race day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. How does your community create opportunities for adults to get more physical activity?
Want to know more?
2013 Global Employee Health and Fitness Month Toolkit
How much physical activity do you need?
CDC’s Healthier Worksite Initiative: Physical Activity Toolkits