The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Division announces Wellness Works! Wellness Week 2012. Wellness Week 2012 is scheduled as October 1 through October 7, 2012 and is an effort to heighten the awareness and share the benefits of wellness in the workplace.
In Fort Smith 30% of adults and 20% of preschool children are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. The Chamber’s Health Care Division has been established to promote health awareness, encourage prevention of disease and support improved healthcare in Fort Smith.
The Chamber is encouraging the community to participate during the first week of October to promote wellness in Fort Smith. Ideas for participation for businesses, churches, schools and families are listed below. Be creative and have Wellness on your mind the entire week. Additionally, we’d like participants to share their progress, stories and photos with us through tagging the “Fort Smith Regional Chamber” page on Facebook and Tweet the Chamber @FtSmithChamber with the hashtag #FSWellnessWeek.
Quick ideas for participation:
Monday, October 1 – Wellness Works
Commit to making wellness a priority
Form a committee of employees to talk about how your workplace can promote wellness
Develop incentives to encourage participation
Tuesday, October 2 – Nutrition
Plan a healthy staff lunch with a healthy recipe exchange
Post nutritional information on your vending machines
Make drinking water readily available
Wednesday, October 3 – Fitness
Walk out day – everyone get up and go for a short walk
Share information on local fitness clubs and any incentives for membership that you offer
Form an exercise group
Thursday, October 4 – Check Ups & Vaccines
Participate or host a screening event
Host lunch and learn program on the importance of family wellness checks
Inform employees of proper screening guidelines and ages
Friday, October 5 – Stress Reduction
Provide chair massages for employees
Make the break area relaxing
Acknowledge employees for hard work and let them know their value
Saturday, October 6 – Focus on Family
Encourage employees to spend quality time with family and friends
Plan a co-worker picnic with family activities
Provide Saturday employees a family lunch
Sunday, October 7 – Spiritual Wellness
Remind church employees, volunteers and congregation that Wellness Works!
Remind church staff of the scriptural wisdom of personal wellness
Encourage church leaders to host a sports team, fitness or nutrition class
To learn more about wellness programs and establishing a wellness program in your business contact Whitney Yoder at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce at 479-783-3111.
*The Health Care Division of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber works to support the health care industry, grow and sustain health related jobs in the Fort Smith region and provide health related information to the business members and community. For more information on how you can volunteer within the Health Care Division contact the Chamber office at 479-783-3111.