When people hear the word wellness, immediately they think fitness or working out. Wellness is more than health and fitness, it’s about your family and community.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Champ Camp along with several other Suwannee County Wellness Initiative committee members. The day was spent learning more about wellness and how, we as “champions” can help our educational community–our co-workers learn more about personal wellness.
There were four specific areas that were highlighted: Education; Prevention; Healthy Living; and Fitness
This category is where your health assessment would be. Your health assessment is simply a series of questions to help determine your wellness age. After completing mine, I expected my wellness age to be a few years lower than my current age. My wellness age is 53, exactly my current age. I was a little disappointed until our Champ Camp leaders explained that most people’s wellness age is eight (8) to ten (10) year older than their actual age. WOO HOO! My short disappointment had suddenly changed to one of excitement. Since the camp, several of my co-workers have completed their health assessment and one person’s wellness age was 13 years older than what they are. What an eye opener. Becoming educated about your health and wellness motivates one to take a closer look at the “big” picture.
This category has some interesting areas of wellness. Yearly health screenings are important. The reports show your total cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure. These keep us in “check” with changes that may or may not need to be made in our daily routine. Other areas of prevention include dental exams, flu shots, vision exams and a simple nicotine test.
Did you know that donating blood promotes healthy living? By donating blood, it helps your blood flow better. The American College of Epidemiology found that blood donors are 88% less likely to have a heart attack. It also gets you a mini-checkup before you donate. Another benefit from donating blood is a more balanced iron level. Finally, blood donors are more likely to live longer, however, the real benefit is helping save the lives of three people.
Once a month ask your co-workers to bring their favorite healthy dish and have a pot lunch healthy lunch. You’ll save money plus share some amazing recipes with each other and hold each other accountable. A healthy staff is a happy staff. Woo Hoo!
Host a five day clean eating challenge. Leave post it notes around the office with motivational quotes. Bring your favorite healthy snack and leave it in the lounge. Do your best to eat 5 to 6 times per day: 3 main meals and 2 to 3 snacks. The snacks will keep you from overeating at lunch or dinner. On a personal note: If I don’t eat my mid-morning snack, I am looking for anything and everything to eat before lunch. It can be as simple as 18 natural almonds at snack time.
Finding time to exercise can be difficult. Why not start at the office. Challenge your co-workers to a 5 Minute Move It during lunch. Simple stretching or marching in place. Everyone can start there. Before you know it, 5 more minutes will be added. Work your way up to 20 minutes every other day.
Wellness is far more than health and fitness. As you can see wellness is being educated about what to do, prevention, healthy living, and fitness.
Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do for yourself TODAY. Wellness: do it for the health of it