As spring slowly makes its entrance, it is a great time to get outside and get healthy. The warmer weather encourages people to keep their New Year’s resolutions to get into shape, but there are still some obstacles in the way. One of the biggest barriers is people claim there is too little time in the day to exercise between work, family, and chores. Last year Leadership Lexington, an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, began the Bluegrass Wellness at Work Challenge. This year KVC Behavioral Healthcare continues the Challenge partnered with the United Way of the Bluegrass and the YMCA.
The Bluegrass Wellness at Work Challenge is an innovative corporate wellness initiative. It aims to encourage fitness and wellness within businesses and organizations in the Bluegrass state. The Challenge is a six week long endeavor with all the participating organizations vying to earn the most points. The organizations’ employees team up and record how long they exercise in fifteen-minute increments on a smartphone app or Web interface. The organization with the most points wins at the end of the six weeks.
“It’s been found that a regular exercise routine not only improves a person’s health, but also their attitude as well,” says Megan Moore, KVC’s training coordinator and one of the Challenge’s leaders. “The Bluegrass Wellness at Work Challenge helps people discover ways to incorporate healthy habits in their work routine, but also in their off-hours. The increased activity will have a positive effect on participants physical and mental well being, which should translate into better job performance.”
What sets the Challenge apart from other fitness initiatives is that simple physical activity done at work counts as points, such as walking or stretching during a break. More rigorous activities, such as cycling, jogging, aerobics, weight lifting, and swimming, are encouraged as well. The Challenge helps raise awareness about physical activity in a person’s day-to-day routine other than classic exercise, including dancing and gardening.
The Bluegrass Wellness at Work Challenge’s goal is to get people moving and improve their physical as well as their mental wellbeing.
Registration for the Bluegrass Wellness at Work Challenge is March 1- May 3.
The Challenge lasts from May 4-June 15.
On April 26, local YMCAs will hold Healthy Kids Day with free fun and educational activities for the entire family at local YMCAs.
On June 21, to celebrate the end of the Challenge, participate in the United Way’s 5K on the Runway at Bluegrass Airport.
To learn more or sign your organization up, visit www.bluegrasswellnessatwork.org.
KVC Behavioral Healthcare is a subsidiary of KVC Health Systems. KVC, originally Croney and Clark, has been in Kentucky since 1999. The agency provides intensive therapeutic services and education for families and children through its IMPACT Plus, Family Preservation, Diversion, and foster care programs. KVC is one of the largest mental health providers in the state serving sixty-three counties in eastern and central Kentucky.
United Way of the Bluegrass’ mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. The organization has served the Kentucky residents for over ninety years by bringing short and long-term solutions to help the community. The United Way helps the community by partnering with other local organizations to support issues related to income, education, and health.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky has been in the area since 1853. The YMCA is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and provides programs that support the healthy development of people of all ages. Through the generous contributions of our donors, the YMCA of Central Kentucky provides financial assistance that enables all members of the community to enjoy YMCA programs, regardless of income.