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How to Rock Your Health & Wellness Program in the New Year


If your organization does not already have a corporate health and wellness program, your top New Year’s resolution should be to implement one! And if you do have one in place, look at ways to optimize it for 2020. How? Let’s get started…

What is a Corporate Health & Wellness Program?

The goal of any wellness program is to foster a structural culture of overall health. This applies to businesses as well as schools, healthcare facilities and other organizations. Cultivating healthy habits starts with education. Education is a big part of any corporate wellness program as well as providing your employees, students or volunteers with the tools they need to be successful in accomplishing their health and fitness goals.

Why Do I Need a Corporate Wellness Program?

Not only can a corporate wellness program help to alleviate healthcare costs by improving employee health, but it can also have a very positive effect on your business. Efficiency, engagement and even morale tend to increase along with overall health. Healthy employees are happier employees, and happy employees are more productive.

How Can I Build a Corporate Health & Wellness Program Fit for the 20s?

Implementing a health and wellness program sounds like a no-brainer, right? But where to begin…

We’re entering a new decade. Every day we gain more knowledge in the medical community through advancements in research and technology. A corporate wellness program (whether you have one in place or not) needs to be alive; it needs to change and adapt to the times. Here is how you can get started for this new year:

1) Education
Holistic health always starts with education. We don’t know what we don’t know. It’s your job as the head of your organization’s wellness program to create awareness for health issues beyond simple fitness. Educate your employees on wellness of the whole person: body, mind, spirit.

2) Motivation
Once they’re aware of potential health risks, the next step in your corporate wellness program is to motivate them to diminish or even eliminate those risks. Offer incentives to help them along their path to overall health.

3) Skills & Tools
Teach health-promoting skills and offer tools to help them stay on track. The idea is to create a setting conducive to comprehensive health both in the office and beyond. Online tools and materials can aid in this goal as well as an overall health-conscious workplace environment.

4) Support
Now that they have the information, the incentives and the tools, it’s time to support your team. Create a healthy culture and encourage social support. This means integrating wellness into the company structure and making it part of everyday life at the office. You may want to offer health screenings and ongoing education as another way to support the program and your employees’ efforts. Encouraging a work/life balance will also help show support for their holistic health.

5) Improvement
Part of any good corporate plan is seeking avenues for improvement. Your health and wellness plan should be no different. For every piece of the puzzle, good data collection is crucial. Set goals, document progress and evaluate the overall effectiveness. You may even choose a functioning wellness committee to assess the impacts of your plan and outline opportunities for optimization.

What Are Some Essential Products for My Corporate Wellness Plan?

There are tons of branded items that you can use to help drive your wellness plan home. Employees will appreciate the gifts and find them useful in their endeavors to lead a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of our top picks for corporate wellness gifts:

Fitness Trackers
Smart watches, fitbits® and other fitness trackers are essential to helping your employees remain accountable for their physical activity. These items can also help you with your data collection for the duration of a particular fitness challenge or event.

 

Reusable Water Bottles
A big part of whole-body health involves drinking plenty of fluids. Reusable water bottles help your employees stay on top of their fluid intake by making it easy to stay hydrated even on the go. Choose from a variety of functional bottles – everything from standard water bottles to infusers and hydration backpacks. And an added bonus: they’re good for the environment.

 

 

 Exercise Equipment
Giving your employees free stuff to help them accomplish their fitness goals will motivate them to exercise. Fun items such as this calorie-counting jump rope or these wireless earbuds will make the workout more enjoyable too. For those in need of a lower-impact workout, try a simple yoga mat.

 

Food Storage Items
Anything that makes it easier for employees to bring a healthy lunch to work will have a huge payoff. Buying lunches not only comes with added cost, but often added sodium, preservatives and less-than-healthy choices. Hand out convenient food storage containers, lunch boxes and salad kits to make bringing lunch to the office an easy choice.

 

 

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Because health isn’t just about eating right and exercising, stress relievers are a great choice to help your employees reach their holistic health goals. Processing emotions and enhancing a spiritual well-being contributes to physical health factors such as lower blood pressure as well. Be sure your wellness plan incorporates all forms of health – the physical as well as the mental – for a truly holistic approach. You might find these 10 new ways to workplace wellness useful!

Get in touch or visit epromos.com for more ideas on how to rock your health and wellness plan in the new year!

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Fitness Trends: 10 New Ways to Workplace Wellness & Promotional Products to...


Updated January 8, 2020

How can I motivate my office to stay healthy and energized?

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Healthy employees are productive employees, so would you agree it is beneficial to improve workplace wellness? Everyone gets bored with their workout regimen. Your employees have probably set their personal fitness goals for the year. To help them reach their goals of healthy living and see the benefit in the workplace, you can re-ignite their goals with your company’s wellness program. One of the best ways to motivate employees to stay healthy is to offer them new ideas on the latest crazes in the fitness world.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) takes a poll each year, surveying fitness professionals around the world to try and determine what the biggest trends will be for the upcoming year. The list doesn’t change fast because strong trends tend to keep growing. Many times, trends from a previous year reappear in the new year.

Here are some innovative fitness trends infused with fitness promotional products to create an exciting and beneficial wellness program for your business:

1. Gather the Troops for A Group Training Session

Our custom cooling towelThe more, the merrier. Build muscle, burn calories, and bond with coworkers at group classes and team-based workouts. Competition-based fitness programs add excitement, build camaraderie and make fitness fun. Not only do they provide support from a like-minded group, they provide the challenge of out-cycling, out-rowing and out-stepping coworkers. These classes are inexpensive, motivational and great for different fitness levels. They make fitness social and produce results. How great is that?

Kick off your company’s group training efforts with water bottles and cooling towels imprinted with the name of your wellness program. We’ve seen a lot of success with mid-day stretching sessions. These giveaways will be appreciated when used both in and out of the office and also help with your company’s branding.

2. Clear Their Heads

While much of the emphasis for health is on the physical aspects of the body, let’s not forget about mental conditioning. Mental health is an extremely important aspect of overall wellness. Consider working with your local studio to offer discounts at Meditation or mindful yoga classes. For 2,500 years, yoga has been practiced for health and relaxation. There are so many different options: Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyas, Kripalu and others. To promote this ancient tradition within your company, provide yoga mats and yoga blocks and consider creating a quiet space at your place of business. Offer your employees a list of meditation apps like Headspace and Stop, Breathe and Think (along with free headphones) and bring peace and tranquility wherever you are.

Employees will know that they can go there at any time throughout the day, should they need the time to cool off.

3. Get the Gloves Ready

Anything that makes exercising fun is bound to be a trend. Consider a boxing class to encourage relieving frustration and staying fit. Jumping rope and throwing punches, like upper cuts and right hooks, make boxing a mix of cardio and strength training which creates endorphins. Your employees will leave laughing, assuming no one took it out of hand, having bonded over boxing.

4. Team coaching

Team coaching is another hot trend for 2018. Take this idea (directly from the fitness gym handbook), and bring this program back to the office. For many employees, getting back into the routine of fitness may be daunting. Volunteer team coaches guide, support and educate beginners on the equipment and help empower employees to go it alone in the gym when they are ready. Provide a Bluetooth Speaker/Award to your company’s team coach as a thank you for their efforts.

5. Pop Pilates

Pop Pilates can be found on the YouTube channel, Blogilates. Fitness guru Cassey Ho is a social-media fitness guru that developed this combination of Pilates, dance and music into a full-body workout. Using only body weight, Pop Pilates sculpts and strengthens muscles in exciting new ways. Ho has three million subscribers to her YouTube channel and provides hours of free exercise content and nutrition advice. Encourage young women to “tune in”. She has a positive “love your body” message and helps individuals find joy in exercise. Everyone can see why Pop Pilates is an emerging fitness trend.

6. Barre Workouts

Our US Blanks French Terry Snorkel SweatshirtBarre workouts, with the killer burn and low risk of injury, are becoming one of the trendiest (and most challenging) fitness programs. Using a blend of ballet, Pilates, yoga, light weights, and body weight exercises, barre workouts sculpt lean muscles, increase strength, and improve flexibility in an uplifting atmosphere. Versions of this form of exercise are Xtend Barr, Pure Barre, Barre+Cardio Fusion and Pop Physique. Get hearts pumping and take fitness to a level never thought possible! A traditional t-shirt is the perfect idea to advertise your company’s trending workouts like working the bar and Krav Maga.

Wellness program participants that meet challenge goals at Barre could also win logoed yoga tops and yoga pants, or a terry sweatshirt for post-workouts. This clothing is perfect for the series of specific bodily postures used in this form of exercise and relaxation.

7. Krav Maga

The philosophy of Krav Maga is simple: Your health and your body are worth fighting for. If you’re looking for an amazing and challenging fitness regimen, this fitness is a diverse and comprehensive strengthening and conditioning program that combines Krav Maga combative techniques with intense athletic training. In 1948, Krav Maga was originally adopted by the Israeli Defense Forces as the official method of self-defense. Expect this trend to carry through to next year because it offers a unique combination of strength and stamina training, agility and coordination, speed and explosiveness; mobility and balance; power and mental fortitude.

8. A good ‘ole walk in the park

The easiest way to get all employees to participate in a wellness program is to promote walking at lunch! Encourage them to log their numbers by gifting them a pedometer or an activity tracker!

These trends are sure to take your employees to the next level of fitness to feeling great about themselves and what they do, day after day. Call us at ePromos to create your workplace wellness program now!

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