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Healthy Workplace Grant Overview:
For its grant, Johnson College is sponsoring a free fitness class one evening every month for its 75 employees. Each month will focus on a different activity, ranging from Zumba or yoga to strength training and kickboxing.
Heather Buck, Human Resources Generalist, is looking forward to exposing the employees to various types of exercise.
"This is a great opportunity to open everyone's eyes to having a different outlook on working out, "Heather explained. "Everyone works out differently, and this is a great way to bring the community together."
As the academic year resumes and all of the employees return to campus, Heather is looking forward to adding weekly health tip announcements and healthy snack options as part of the mini-wellness program she oversees.
Why We Support This Work:
This project exposes Johnson College's employees to the various types of fitness classes that exist. Employees have the opportunity to try a session of each type of exercise class, free of charge, allowing each individual to find an activity that works best for them. It also fosters community building through healthy lifestyle choices.
How You Can Make It Happen*:
Start small, especially if you're only one person running HR or another department. Try a regular health tip first, and work your way toward greater, manageable goals from there.
Use your resources. Health insurance newsletters offer seasonal tips you can share with your office. Use Google or Pinterest to find recipes for upcoming holidays, summer BBQs, or even back to school lunch alternatives.
Brainstorm and collaborate. Employees feel more engaged and will be proactive knowing they are part of the process.
Don't have a budget to hire an instructor? Gather employees in a large space to exercise to a fitness or yoga DVD.
Encourage employees to sign up together for one of the area's many walks or 5K races. The group can train together for several weeks ahead of time. Have a t-shirt made with the workplace logo for participants.
*Special thanks to the University of Scranton Center for Health Education & Wellness for their contributions.