Wellness Program?

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Wellness Program?
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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 11:25am

I need some help ladies.  I’m in charge of starting (from scratch) a wellness program here at work.  The basis of the company is about 10 people in the office and the other 30 employees are in the field at different locations always constantly changing.  There are 2 girls on payroll and the rest are male.  I have called the YMCA about their corporate membership rates, called a local hospital about different health screenings, and I put a healthy tidbit in the monthly newsletter that goes to the employees.  Does anyone have any other ideas?  I’ve never been involved in something like this so I’m been doing a lot of internet searching, but I know you ladies will have good ideas!

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 1:18pm

Check Virgin Health Miles.  We did it through the school system then they went with another program.  Virgin was great and sorely missed.

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Registered: 10-31-1999
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:01pm
We have a lot of Wellness Programs here at the hospital. In fact, we have one person who heads up that program alone and works full time only on that. I guess we have partnered up with Mayo Clinic because I get a newsletter from them every so often. I can forward that to you if you'd like.... maybe you can get some ideas from it. It is all done online (the Wellness reporting and information part) so I'm not sure if I can forward that stuff but what I can forward, I will. I will ask our lady (Dawn) to see if she has any suggestions for small companies who are not affiliated with a hospital or has access to the hospital facilities.

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:03pm
Thanks gals! I knew there would be good ideas! :smileywink:

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Registered: 05-11-1999
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:25pm
We are partnered with our health insurance now but before that we did different challenges. The prizes were small things like water bottles and bragging rights. We had a step challenge (someone donated pedometers) to see if we could walk to Hawaii before spring break (we did it), biggest stepper received the prize. We've done several variations of that. We also did a 5 a day fruit and vegi challenge, once a week via survey monkey we had to fill out questions about our week. Same thing with a weight one. The only thing that showed progress was something they colored in as the pounds came off and that was also done via survey monkey. Kickball game at the park afterwork. We have a gym so we've also done badmitton. The one I liked best is we received a quick 20 minute talk about stress relief. I drug my feet in the door ended up leaving with some valuable information that helps me sleep to this day. Hope that helps.
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Registered: 06-03-2009
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:39pm
Is there a massage school in your area? If so they are always looking for businesses to send their students for a chair massage day. It helps the students get hours, your staff gets to relax, and it rarely costs anything.

Professional massage studios do this as well, but since they're licensed therapists you'd pay a group rate.
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