Work out where you work

by / Friday, 20 January 2012 / Published in Wellness

It’s simple but true: adopting better habits at work can go a long way to improving your overall health.

Fujirebio Diagnostics, a company specializing in health diagnostic tools, took that lesson to heart when they implemented a health and wellness program for their employees. Their goal, according to Lynne Woodside, a human resources representative at Fujirebio Diagnostics, was to “benefit the overall health of our employees.”

Worksite wellness beyond the ordinary

Starting three years ago, Fujirebio Diagnostics began offering a slate of wellness services that went well beyond the ordinary. Besides an on-site fitness center staffed by a personal trainer once a week, employees were offered the chance to take fun exercises classes, including Zumba and yoga. Today, workers can even join volleyball and basketball leagues.

To sweeten the incentive to exercise, Fujirebio Diagnostics continues to offer an extra 15 minutes at lunch for those who want to work out during their break.

In the future, Fujirebio Diagnostics will rotate the types of exercises offered and conduct wellness-themed workshops. Even the gym is scheduled for an upgrade as it moves to a new, larger location.

WalkingWorks really works at Fujirebio Diagnostics

Fujirebio Diagnostics has also found PLUS, an enhanced version of the WalkingWorks Plus administered by Independence Blue Cross (IBX), to be successful in encouraging people to put on their walking shoes and get moving.

PLUS is more than your typical walking program. IBX has enhanced PLUS so it is a behavior-change program with measured health results.

With the PLUS initiative, participants set their own personal walking goal on their way to achieving the ideal goal of 10,000 steps a day for better health.

At Fujirebio Diagnostics, participants walk around the corporate park as part of the program, even as temperatures headed south this winter.

Healthier habits can trim waistlines and health care costs

Woodside sees the impact every day, and not just with the walkers. “Employees are taking 15 –20 minutes out of their day to go for a walk with their co-workers or go to the gym and work out.”

Considering that research has shown walking and regular exercise is tied to lower rates of coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol, and improved blood glucose levels, the benefits to employees, and Fujirebio Diagnostics, could be huge.

Interested in starting your own Worksite Wellness program?

Check out this Worksite Wellness Toolkit from IBX.

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