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May is Employee Health and Fitness Month!  It’s time for both employers and employees to support each other by improving office health. If, like me, you have been hibernating all winter, you have that winter insulation to lose.  At my office, we have been successful by working together in office groups.  You could start a walking group during lunch to breathe some fresh air and get a break from your cubicle. You could find someone on staff that could lead a yoga class or chart a walk through the neighborhood.  If you are more ambitious, you can plan a road race or organize a community project.  It really doesn’t matter what your group does; the idea is to focus on employee health.  Let the boss know that investing in a healthy workforce also improves employee productivity and morale and can even reduce healthcare costs and sick days.  For more information to get started, check out the website  www.mass.gov/dph/worksitewellness.

The last workplace activity that I participated in was one I could do during the day and at home. A coworker divided us into teams; we competed against each other in a healthy living challenge.  The team with the most members meeting their goal won!  Each of us set our own goals. I decided to work towards walking 10,000 steps a day. It took me a few days to get up to my goal.  Every hour I took a lap around the cubicles and walked with co-workers at lunch. At home, my dog joined in and reminded me to go for an after dinner walk. I think it’s time to start that again.

What are you going to do for Employee Health and Fitness Month?

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