GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--According to the Wellness Council of America, more than 60 percent of adults do not achieve the recommended amount of regular physical activity, which can lead to serious health risks or chronic illness. To combat these issues, partly due to physical inactivity at work, Priority Health and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness are challenging Michigan businesses to get active in the workplace in honor of the first-ever global Employee Health and Fitness Month in May, and National Employee Health and Fitness Day on May 16.
“Employee Health and Fitness Month supports our mission to create a community with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”
“The recognition of Employee Health and Fitness Month is a key opportunity for businesses to renew their commitment to wellness in the workplace,” said Kim Suarez, vice president of medical operations and consumer experience for Priority Health. “We are challenging companies across the state to recognize this national observance and develop programs that encourage positive behaviors among employees while helping mitigate the risks and costs associated with unhealthy behaviors. Our hope is that this will lead to the adoption of long-term, sustainable health and wellness programs.”
To support this campaign, Priority Health is asking businesses to post photos or videos of employees participating in workplace wellness activities on the Priority Health Facebook page, facebook.com/PriorityHealth, for a chance to win a free wellness class from Priority Health.
Workplace wellness activities could include a lunch-hour walk or bike excursion, serving fruit or vegetables during meetings, encouraging water as the beverage of choice or competing in fitness challenges throughout the day. The deadline for businesses to post their photos or videos is May 23. A panel of Priority Health wellness coaches looking for the most creative and inspiring demonstrations of workplace wellness will select the winners.
Since 1989, National Employee Health and Fitness Day has been promoting the value of healthy lifestyles to employers and employees through workplace health-related activities. This May, marks the first year of the program’s extension into a month long campaign, which encourages businesses to sustain their efforts.
“We encourage businesses around Michigan to get involved with this month long fitness challenge, because even the smallest steps can significantly enhance a person’s quality of life,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO, Michigan Fitness Foundation/Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. “Employee Health and Fitness Month supports our mission to create a community with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”
To participate in the Priority Health Employee Health and Fitness Month challenge, businesses should first register their activities by completing the downloadable form at www.michiganfitness.org/NEHFDinfo.htm and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing it to Liz Jorgensen at 517 347-8145.
Follow the challenge and get advice on Employee Health and Fitness Month activities by connecting with Priority Health on Facebook or Twitter, @Priorityhealth.
About Priority Health
Priority Health is an award-winning health plan nationally recognized for creating innovative solutions that impact health care costs while maximizing customer experience. It offers a broad portfolio of products for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. As a nonprofit company, Priority Health serves more than 600,000 people and continues to be rated among the best health plans in the nation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.