By Let’s Move Quad Cities Get Fit blogger, Aryn Lloyd
Imagine for a moment what your typical workday would look like 50 years ago. What would be different? Surely, no cell phones, laptops and certainly no urgent emails to attend to.
Quick and convenient fast foods would not be an option….they did not exist!
We can spend hours sitting for long periods of time. This sitting trend takes a toll on employee health, attendance, and productivity, affecting the company’s bottom line and most importantly, employee health.
To combat sedentary workday culture, workplace wellness initiatives are getting employees up and moving right here in the QCA.
What does workplace wellness look like?
Two companies working together right here in the QCA to create a culture of wellness include Rock Valley Physical Therapy and QCR Holdings, Inc/Quad City Bank & Trust. These companies work with Rock Valley Health’s corporate wellness program to make workplace wellness a win-win for their employees.
Making the commitment for Better Health!
QCR Holdings, Inc/Quad City Bank & Trust has made a commitment to the health of their employees for many years. They formed a wellness committee that organizes and encourages wellness across the entire holding company.
Wellness Team member Robin Monson says, “We value wellness as it relates to the workday because it reduces absenteeism and creates more productive and healthier employees. We have wellness initiatives at each entity throughout the year which keep employees continuously engaged.”
Making wellness fun and engaging.
Each year, they hold an annual Wellness Week with various themes including exercise, eating right, financial wellness, community involvement, and mental health day.
Wellness Team member, Blake Schaeffer, explains, “Past activities during Wellness Week have been bags, mini golf, Nintendo Wii, making smoothies, chair massages, and offering free reviews on financial services.”
Blake explains that financial wellness topics can help employees with 401K options, college savings accounts, investment basics, budgets, and social security, to name a few. These are great ways to mix up the work week and engage employees in a fun way, new way!
QCR Holdings, Inc/Quad City Bank & Trust also encourages participation in challenges throughout the year. Employees receive various levels of prizes for their efforts. This spring, you may see many employees out on the trails in both Illinois and Iowa as they participate in a 10-week physical activity challenge called Walk, Jog, Run, Bike.
Blake explains, “The Wellness Team organizes the route so employees can explore a new route each week. Employees choose the mode of activity. The goal is to increase the distance each week, leading up to the Bix at 6 training event, and most of all, encouragement for employees and their families to be more active!”
Blake says the bank also reimburses employees for 2 races per year.
Many companies now offer or require employees to participate in health screenings. Wellness Week is a great way QCR Holdings, Inc/Quad City Bank & Trust gear up for their annual health screenings.
The screenings are offered in the fall to all eligible employees and spouses enrolled on their medical plan.
Rock Valley Health’s Team, which includes nurses and health coaches, performs the screenings and work one on one with each employee/spouse to go over an individualized health report and promote the individual’s health and wellness.
Why would I want to invest in corporate wellness for my company?
Daily lifestyle management can be tricky for those working long hours and can seem difficult to fit it all in.
A great place to integrate habits such as healthy eating and physical activity is during the workday, making wellness part of a daily lifestyle. Biometric screenings can also address problems otherwise ignored and highlight areas to improve upon.
On-site or even online, Rock Valley Health provides guidance to the company’s Wellness Team on their wellness initiatives.
Programs include monthly lunch and learns, newsletters, and health coaching services.
Each employee who participates in the health screening has access to an individualized online wellness portal that stores the employee’s health report so they can compare results and have access to other health-related materials.
Other initiatives employers could offer include health screenings, weight loss programs, disease prevention programs, exercise programs, fitness club discounts, or rewards or incentives for participation in wellness activities.
Rock Valley Health is a division of Rock Valley Physical Therapy — focusing on corporate wellness, health coaching, biometric screenings, health reporting, and on-site fitness programs. Rock Valley Health also provides services at seven Quad City Rock Valley Physical Therapy locations, serving the Quad Cities’ area, as well as organizations with national locations.
|Aryn Lloyd is a Health Coach for Rock Valley Health. A Type 1 diabetic, she has led many chronic disease programs, including the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. She lives in Davenport with her husband, Ben, and their two daughters, Britta and Klara. You can read Aryn’s bio and other blog posts by clicking here.|