Each May marks Employee Health & Fitness Month (EHFM), a time to celebrate physical activity and nutrition in the workplace. EHFM was created by two non-profit organizations, the National Association for Health & Fitness and ACTIVE Life.
EHFM organizers suggest the following group activities to improve the health of employees:
- Bike-to-Work Day: Plan a bike-to-work event and recognize employees who participate.
- Fitness Trail: Set up a fitness “trail” within your office or building. Post signs at elevators encouraging the use of stairs, designate stretching areas, and make water stations available.
- Dance Demos: Invite a local dance group or dance teacher to demonstrate fun ways to move more. Have a leader move the group through simple dance steps.
- Snack Attack: Stage a competition for various teams to prepare and share healthy snacks. Each participant brings recipes including nutrition counts. Recipes are published in a company healthy snack cookbook.
- Fine Tasting Party: Host a tasting party over lunch where participants can taste a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. Give each participant a rating sheet for each sample to keep as a shopping list reminder.
- Healthy Meetings: If food is offered at meetings, make sure there are nutritious options available. Add physical activity to a meeting to help break up long periods of sitting.
The CDC recommends that adults get 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity every week and participate in muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days per week.
Want to know more?
Employee Health & Fitness Month: http://www.healthandfitnessmonth.com/
National Association for Health & Fitness: http://www.physicalfitness.org/index.php
ACTIVE Life: http://www.activelifehq.org/