The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber was recently recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier for its efforts in creating a culture of health, in partnership with its employees, by being awarded Healthiest Employer of Greater Cincinnati for two years in a row. We think their “mind-body-spirit” approach is inspiring and worthy of sharing with you, our Gen-H friends and supporters – as the “Health Generation” – to spark ideas you might take into your own workplace.
We asked the Cincinnati Chamber’s Tarah Cook to walk us through some of their most popular activities for making the healthy choice the easy choice on the job. (Got ideas to share? Contact Amy Goetz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below!)
Wellness Plan in Action: The Cincinnati Chamber’s Top Eight Ideas for Low-Cost Workplace Engagement
By Tarah Cook, MS, SPHR
Director, HR & Organizational Development
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Strategies for creating a workplace culture of health can be taken farther than engaging internal team members. Take your wellness program to the next level by developing a collaborative partnership with your benefits vendors and brokers in conjunction with your internal wellness committee. At the Cincinnati Chamber, we’re proud that our external partners support us along our collective journey to better health and wellness. For example, our wellness engagement program, Humana GO365, keeps our team members focused and working toward both individual and organizational goals.
As you look to create or enhance your workplace wellness strategies, here are some ideas to help ignite your team’s energy and enthusiasm for wellness at work:
Host a “Bring-your-own-topping” salad bar potluck for a shared staff lunch.
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Examples: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution; Food Matters; Hungry for Change; National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer; health-related TED and TEDx talks
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Hold a varied-route 3K as a group, or split into teams for healthy competition and friendly banter.
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Partner with your retirement plan vendor or others to offer group education and 1:1 plan reviews.
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Bring in an on-site massage therapist regularly (employees may self-pay if cost-prohibitive).
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Pick a theme or activity of your choice, ex. mindfulness, circuit training, step challenge, healthy scavenger hunt, healthy foods bingo; recruit employees to help run the program to ensure peer-to-peer buy-in.
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Suggestions include The Book of Joy, The Art of Happiness, In Defense of Food, etc. Encourage staff recommendations and discussion groups.
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Have a contest to see who can make the tastiest healthy treat – such as smoothies, healthy appetizers, healthier-ingredient favorites – and have staff or external partners judge. Make winning recipes available to staff to try at home and share the love.