IHI is walking to the 24th Annual National Forum! Yes, you read that right. The IHI staff is lacing up their sneakers for the Walk to the Forum challenge, which encourages staff members to get up and walk for more exercise and a bit of fun. IHI’s Work-Life Wellness team promoted the challenge and was thrilled to have over 80 staff members, including remote workers, join the challenge.
Everyone participating in the challenge will be wearing a pedometer and at the end of each week they will submit their mileage to the Work-Life Wellness team. Each week the Work-Life Wellness team will update and track each team’s mileage on the Walk to the Forum Map.
Jesse McCall, captain of the Blue Shirt Banditos, expressed his excitement for the challenge by saying “The Walk to The Forum Challenge is excellent! It gives us a chance to be on a team with people from different areas of IHI and compete with our colleagues to reach our goal of walking to Orlando.”
Ken Tebbetts, Vice President of Human Resources, was equally enthusiastic. “The buzz around this walking challenge is loud — and so much fun! We are getting lots of walks in and connecting with each other in new and energized ways.”
This brief article from the American Heart Association provides information on how to start a walking program at your organization, and provides information on the benefits of walking such as:
- Reducing the risk of osteoporosis
- Improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease
- Maintaining body weight and lower the risk of obesity
We hope that you will be able to join us this year at the Forum in Orlando and we hope you will join us by walking there! Let us know where you’re walking from and what stops you’ll be making along the way. IHI is looking forward to stopping in Philadelphia and racing up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!
What are some fun worksite wellness challenges you have participated in? Please share your experiences in the comments.