EHAPpenings: Check out these holiday wellness ideas

With the holidays (and the traditional increase in calories) fast approaching, there is no better time than now to implement simple, low-cost wellness activities in your building.  The following are a few such activities that have been used in our District and others.

  • Develop walking maps.  Measure the distance in halls, around the building, and in the surrounding area for setting walking goals.
  • Encourage employees to walk to a specific location and log individual miles for incentive prizes.
  • Organize a WeightWatchers or similar program at your workplace.
  • Ask that your vendors fill vending machines with healthier choices
  • Encourage participation in community walks (i.e. heart, cancer, March of Dimes).
  • Start a running club, biking club, in-line skaters club, or line dancing club.
  • Have a Goal of the Week or Month (e.g. I will exercise everyday for a week).
  • Keep a chart of weekly or monthly exercise goals posted in the staff lounge.

December Health Observances

The following are national health observances and related websites for December.

Safe Toys and Gift Month December 1 – 31

www.preventblinesness.org

World AIDS Day December 1

www.unaids.org/en/default.asp

National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week December 1 – 7

www.aamds.org

National Handwashing Awareness Week December 7 – 13

www.henrythehand.com

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