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Wellness Centre should have the following

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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1. On-site fitness centres

This might be considered the granddaddy of all corporate wellness program examples. Not everyone can provide their team members with a 72,000 square foot fitness centre, but Chesapeake Energy considers it a completely justified expense for recruiting and retaining healthy team members. The fitness centre offers team members an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, and access to personal trainers.


What makes this wellness program great?


The fitness centre is just one part of the company’s ‘Living Well’ program, which offers cash incentives for team members who participate and meet their goals in various areas of the program. Chesapeake Energy clearly cares about their team members’ well-being and has provided them with as much support as possible to help them reach their goals.


2. Smoking cessation programs

It’s no secret that, on average, team members who smoke cigarettes cost their employers more money due to health issues compared to non-smokers. Some workplaces have found it in their best interest, both ethically and economically, to offer smoking cessation programs to their team members.


Union Pacific offers a smoking cessation program that consists of lifestyle coaching, as well as pharmacological assistance, to their team members. Their program has helped reduced the number of their team members who smoke from 40% in the 1990s down to 17% in 2007.


What makes this wellness program great?


Union Pacific understands that pharmaceuticals alone may not work for all team members. The addition of coaching for team members trying to quit smoking may make the difference between success and failure.


3. Transit options

Encouraging alternative methods of transportation, such as bike sharing or public transit incentives, are beneficial to the workplace and the future of the environment. Facebook’s campus in Palo Alto offers a bike-sharing program for team members to cycle to places around campus rather than driving. At Rise, we encourage our team members to take public transportation by reimbursing employees for their transit passes.


What makes this wellness program great?


This type of program will appeal to current and potential employees who value environmental responsibility.


4. Paramedical services

Google offers paramedical services, like massage therapy, to their team members while they’re at work. In fact, Google employs a massage program manager, as just one of 35 massage therapists employed in their United States offices. Massage therapists go through an interview process at the company as well, where they demonstrate their skills (which sounds great for the interviewer).


What makes this wellness program great?


There’s a reason why Google is consistently rated one of the best workplaces in the world. Going above and beyond what team members expect from their employer is a great way to encourage a reciprocal effort. A relaxed and calm team member is a joy to have in the workplace, which is likely the main reason that Google offers the service.


5. Yoga classes

Mobify offers their team members yoga classes twice per week, which, weather permitting, is moved to their rooftop boasting stunning views of Vancouver’s ocean and mountains. The most important requirement for practising yoga is the space to do it, and many companies are using their conference or break rooms to provide yoga classes for team members throughout the workday.


What makes this wellness program great?


Yoga and meditation is an extremely effective stress reliever. Team members at startups or PR agencies often have to deal with tight deadlines and overtime. Yoga is an effective way to incorporate self-care into work, so that team members don’t have to feel guilty about neglecting work.


6. Lunch and healthy snacks

With only 30 minutes for lunch, many team members may feel that they have to eat fast food when buying their lunch. Bandwidth offers a 90-minute Fitness Lunch to their team members—enough time to play a sport, hit the gym, or to head home for a healthy homemade lunch. Again, Google sets the bar high with their cafeterias, offering catered lunches and snacks to team members throughout the day. Services have popped up recently that will deliver healthy snacks to your office, like Natural Source and Mindful Snacks.


What makes this wellness program great?


A lunch and snack program will appeal to all of your team members—since everyone has to eat! Promoting healthy eating in the workplace benefits everyone in the office. Healthy and communal eating programs encourage interaction between people from different teams, and the cafeteria provides one such place where a large and diverse workforce can mingle and connect.


7. Employee assistance programs

Wellness not only means taking care of the body but the mind as well. Accenture provides confidential support for issues like stress, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. Accenture knows a lot of work-related stress can be addressed outside of the workplace through guided support programs, so they provide access to programs, such as financial assistance, for all of their employees. Employees are also rewarded for setting wellness goals and accomplishing them.


What makes this wellness program great?


Employees who need extra assistance outside the workplace get the help they need to perform their best. Companies like Accenture realize that support for their employees shouldn’t end once they leave the building. By providing extra support initiatives, organizations can communicate a certain level of empathy and support for their people, thus boosting satisfaction and confidence between the employer and the employee.


8. Naps

How does an after-lunch snooze sound? Professional or not, there’s no argument that a good nap always leaves one feeling completely refreshed. That’s why innovative companies like Zappos, Facebook, and Asana provide specialized nap rooms for employees looking to catch some afternoon rest. Due to the flexible work schedules, employees can catch a quick nap and return to their projects with renewed energy.


What makes this wellness program great?


While simply having a dedicated nap room isn’t technically a “program”, naps have clinically proven benefits when it comes to productivity. We’ve all felt that afternoon lull after lunch. But we’re not telling you to let Steve from the accounting department hibernate under his desk. We’re telling you to let employees recharge in ways that suit them best. Maybe it’s allowing employees extra time to go outside for a walk or having a quiet area for staff members to read. The idea is to not be so rigid in the ways employees spend their off time. Everyone gets energized in different ways and finding out what those are can improve mental wellness and productivity.


9. Wellness challenges

Workplace challenges related to wellness, from health challenges to fitness challenges, are effective in promoting healthy lifestyles within your workforce. At Rise, we’ve designed and ran workplace wellness challenges that encouraged our team members to engage in workouts of their choosing and drink more water at the office. By tracking their progress, their team would be eligible to win a health-related prize at the month’s end.


What makes this wellness program great?


Our monthly fitness challenges and water challenges were successful in promoting regular physical exercise and daily hydration amongst our people. It’s become a core part of our company culture, motivating our teams to reach goals, interact with their colleagues, and improve their wellness habits.


10. Wellness adventures

Like many companies, Zappos offers fitness subsidies, health benefits, and wellness reimbursements. According to their wellness coordinators, physical activity is important but shouldn’t be made mandatory. As a part of their wellness efforts, the Zappos team schedules optional wellness adventures for their employees with the goal of getting away from their desks for a little while. This could look like a one hour golf lesson or even laser tag. The wellness adventures are kept broad to appeal to a wide range of people, and most importantly, are focused on having fun.


What makes this wellness program great?


Hosting wellness adventures is great fun for everyone. Remember, not everyone is able to participate in all physically active events. Scheduling a wide range of monthly events can let those who get their exercise in elsewhere or who aren’t very active at all to join in. It appeals to more people cause it focuses on fun first rather than exercise.


Looking for a better way to improve health & wellness across your organization? The Rise HR platform helps Canadian businesses manage their teams better, track time off, keep an eye on employee engagement, and much more. Book a demo to see Rise in action.


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Being Aware is the First Step

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Being Aware is the First Step

 

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

There is freedom that comes with awareness, because with it comes the opportunity to make a choice.

 

Life is a journey comprised of many steps on our personal path that takes us down a winding road of constant evolution. And each day, we are provided with a myriad of opportunities that can allow us to transform into our next best selves. One moment we are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone in our life rubs us the wrong way; on another day we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular circumstance but are not sure if we can. Eventually, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of. We may even make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise. Rather than moving us forward, our personal paths may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.

 

Awareness is when we are able to realize what we are doing. We observe ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices as if we were a detached viewer. Awareness is the first step to change because we can't make a change unless we are aware that one needs to be made in the first place. We can then begin understanding why we are doing what we are doing. Afterward, it becomes difficult not to change because we are no longer asleep to the truth behind our behaviors. We also begin to realize that, just as much as we are the root source behind the causes for our behaviors, we are also the originator for any changes that we want to happen.

 

There is a freedom that comes with awareness. Rather than thinking that we are stuck in a repetitive cycle where there is no escape, we begin to see that we very much play a hand in creating our lives. Whether we are aware of them or not, our behaviors and choices are always ours to make. Our past and our present no longer have to dictate our future when we choose to be aware. We are then free to move beyond our old limits, make new choices, and take new actions. With awareness, our paths can't help but wind us forward in our lives while paving the way for new experiences and new ways of being. It is through awareness that we can continue to consciously evolve.

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Understanding Addiction

BY WENDYNE LIMBER

The harsh reality is seventy-eight people may die today from opioid overdose, and another 20 million are experiencing a substance use disorder. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States--and every day, some 6,300 people seek addiction treatment. Yearly, as many as 2 to 3 million people are admitted to treatment facilities for alcohol and drug abuse AND the majority of people in formal treatment centers suffer relapse over and over again. Some of these are our children or a family member we love. It's time to help...to do something different--to know something different--to utilize authentic evidence-based science, medicine, transpersonal psychology, birth psychology, child development, spirituality and consciousness to address the factors that set a person up to become a drug addict or alcoholic. This course is for anyone who is ready to know how parents unconsciously set up a child or significant other for the insanity of addiction, enabling and co-dependency. Using deep sarcasm to exaggerate some major points and behaviors--this important course gives students an opportunity to contemplate what not to do and always ends with a healing teaching for reversing any behavior that sabotages recovery.

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Judgement verse Opinion

Posted on June 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Judgment closes us down and is final, whereas opinion leaves us open-hearted and open to change.

 

Most of us understand that when we judge someone, or someone judges us, it is a negative emotional experience. As a result, we naturally want to avoid being judgmental, but this gets confusing when we feel we have to suppress thoughts that could actually be offering us guidance. For example, we may meet someone new and suppress a negative feeling about them, thinking that we don't want to fall into the trap of being judgmental. Later, though, it may turn out that paying attention to that thought could have helped us take care of ourselves or someone else. 

 

It is important to learn to distinguish inner guidance, and having an opinion, from judgment, otherwise we run the risk of not listening to our intuition and not allowing ourselves to form opinions. Inner guidance and opinions both help us to interact more intelligently in the world, so we don't want to throw them out in an effort to avoid being judgmental. Our intuition usually makes itself known to us in a flash, and often has a physical component--a flutter in our stomachs, sweaty palms, or a chill. When we use this information to help us navigate a situation, we always benefit. Similarly, having an opinion about a person or an idea allows us to converse about it in a focused way with intention. Listening to our intuition and forming opinions are both positive outcomes of our ability to interpret the information that comes our way. 

 

When we make a judgment, on the other hand, we attempt to have a final say on whether someone or something is inherently good or bad. Judgments close us down instead of opening us up; opinions have a lighter quality and are amenable to change. Once a judgment has been made, there is no more conversation or consideration, whereas opinions invite further debate. Intuition guides us from moment to moment, but, unlike judgment, never makes a final decree. In other words, it is only healthy to be open to the information we receive and to allow ourselves to process that information. As long as we stay open and fluid, we can trust that we have not fallen prey to the trap of judgment.


Marching into Spring

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Marching into spring beings a change in our activities.


For some it is more outdoor activities.  Others it's the change in the outdoor activities.

We also look at how we will be eating differently. 

Temperatures are warmer so some of the heavier foods we ate to keep us warm will change.

Our spirits change to a brighter outlook with more daylight and change in our clothing.

Already seeing people out in shorts!  It is a little early especially for us Northerners.

We like the cold so when the temperature moves above 0 it gets a little balmy for us.

The benefits of physical activity extend way beyond how you look.

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There are brain benefits, relationship benefits, community benefits and benefits you may have never even expected (like pooping benefits, for instance). The link between physical activity and better physical, mental or emotional health have been proven in study after study. But everyone is different. Understanding what really motivates you (see below), how much and what kind of activity is required to experience positive change (hint – it depends on your age 0-4, 5-17, 18-64 or 65+), and finding an activity you love to do from all the different ways to get physically active is key. Once you get the ball rolling, you won’t believe all the ways activity can benefit you and those around you.

Enjoy the day Anne 



3 Hour Forest Therapy Walk with ANFT Certified Guide Leigh-Anne Lisi

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Join us as we connect through our senses with the more than human world. Immersing ourselves into the forest at Centennial Park

Saturday Feb, 16/19

Time 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Forest Therapy is the practice of immersing ourselves into nature, taking the time, connecting with ourselves and the more than human world. Forest Therapy is science backed with many benefits to human mental, physical health and overall wellbeing. Having an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide to bring you this experience is a must! Join us for 3 hours on Saturday February 16th 2019 from 1pm-4pm Walk ends with a Tea Ceremony. ** appropriate winter clothing and boots are required as we will be outside for 3 hours**

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Sharing by Anne Parr & our Metabolic Pole Walking Group

Meet Wednesday 12:15 - 1:15 pm


Happy New Year 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year 2019

A New year with a New Word to take for a whole year.

A few years ago one of my participants suggested this & was doing it.

Pick A Word.  The word must have an importance to you. 

Something you wish you could do, a place you have not gone to, a change for the better, somthing you struggle for positive changes.


A word that has meaning to you and will challenge you all year long to use each day.

My word last year with great deliveration was "LISTEN"

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood.

 

Found I struggled most days with this and at the end of the year found was still not listening well.

I was not always listening to others, I was not listening to my innerself and how I come across to others, how I beat my self up not being perfect, how my body feels (sick - tired, weak, strong, helpless not seeing or hearing) why and how do I need to do things differently to be happy.

I need to listen this year to be able to take on new challenges:

  • building a strong team of like minded TRAINERS to help grow Fitness Wellness and Health Professionals out there so the many stuck unfit can see there are so  many ways to get fit for a life time, unhealthly struggling with weight gains / losses, right foods for themselves,   
  • To look at:
  1.  Body - right Fitness program for each individual - some forms of exercise heal some break down and injure others. When the body is not right so to the mind and spirit
  2.  Mind - being mindful - the world has so much information with Fake news, lies from Global leaders who are self centered, scamming everyone without being held accountable to their actions.  So many people with mental health issues that affect the body & spirit 
  3.  Spirit fitness -  again is so much out there with policital correctness we forget there is right and wrong.  Often those who want their own way will use there way to make you feel right is wrong.  Do we have to give away living with acceptance to accept, love each for what they are, live without lying, cheating others, or being good and kind to all Impact our Body and mind..

  • I will take this word on for another year.

With hopes I will listen better this year!

Happy New Year 2019 for the BEST YEAR Ahead one day at a time, one minute at a time.

LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH a LOT!  CHEERS Anne