As you know, the coaches are the ones on the front lines in their respective hospitals, promoting the CH program to both the employees and patients in their units. They are not only hanging up fliers, decorating bulletin boards as well passing out books and other promo materials, but they are coming up with fun, creative things that the people in their departments can do together, to live out a Creation Health-y lifestyle by making small changes in each of the 8 principle areas that affect our overall health and well-being.
For about 6-8 weeks at a time, we focus on one letter principle, with a few weeks break in between. We started with C - Choice in the fall, R - Rest through the holidays, A - Activity in the new year and are now heading into N - Nutrition as Takoma finishes up its "Biggest Loser" contest.
Here are some of the fabulous ideas that my coaches have done along the way!
A fall tree, where employees write one healthy choice that they are going to make for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks has passed, they report their experience.
A fall wreath, where employees do the same thing as they did for the fall tree (see above).
Encouraging thoughts and quotes, posted for employees to read.
A list of healthy choices that employees can apply to their lives, posted in the break room.
A "Take the Stairs" flier displayed, showing the benefits of taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
A choices Christmas board displaying healthy choices, with a place for employees to write out the healthy choices they are committing to implement.
A grab bag, where employees draw out a healthy choice that they must try out for 1 week and report their experience. The next week they draw a new one.
Healthy snack options for employees, in addition to what is available in the vending machine.
A daily joke sent through email, to give employees a laugh break each day.
Rest related tips, sent to employees in an email to kick off the 6 weeks of rest or posted around the unit.
A bag of herbs for employees to place inside their pillow, to help them sleep better.
A sleep contest, where employees track sleep time and there is a winner for most sleep overall as well as most consistent sleep hours each day.
1 minute massages and "fresh air" breaks for employees.
Bulletin boards in highly visible/trafficked areas with reminders, tips for getting both physical and mental activity into your day.
*A Steps Contest (see example below)
The next Creation Health principle that we will be focusing on is ACTIVITY. The project that we will be doing for Activity will be a STEPS CONTEST! The contest will run from February 14th – February 28th and will include everyone on 2nd floor. If you know of someone that is not included in this email on 2nd floor, please share this with them and let me know.
Here is what you will need to do…..
*Purchase a pedometer (see below on pricing and locations for pedometers).
*Each day log the number of steps that you’ve taken for that day (see attachment for a log sheet).
*Turn in your log sheets with your name on them-the steps that you turn in are only from 2/14-2/28. All log sheets must be turned in by Tuesday, MARCH 4th. You can turn them in by email, inter-office mail, or slide under my office door (2nd floor-Diabetes Education).
ANYONE WHO COMPLETES AT LEAST 50,000 STEPS DURING THE CONTEST TIME FRAME WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN A BRAND NEW FITBIT FLEX!!!
FITBIT FLEX IS A $100 VALUE. HERE SOME OF FEATURES….
- Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes
- Monitors how long and how well you sleep
- Wakes you (not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
- LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
- Easy-to-wear, slim, comfortable wristband
- Wirelessly syncs to your Mac, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd or 4th Gen.) and iPod touch (5th Gen.)
- Set goals, view progress, and earn badges
- Share and compete with friends throughout the day
- Free Fitbit iPhone app
- Waterproof so you can wear it in the shower
WE WILL DRAW FOR THE GRAND PRIZE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH (YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN). WE WILL BE SENDING OUT MORE INFORMATION ON LOCATION AND TIME OF THE DRAWING.
We want to see everyone from the 2nd floor participate in this fun event!
Please see the attachment for some guidelines on goals for your steps each day and how to achieve them. The 2ndattachment is a sheet that you can print off and log your daily steps.
Locations and prices for pedometers:
Wal-Mart: $4.97 (sporting goods dept.)
CVS: $9.99 (thru Saturday), $19.99 after Saturday
**I have listed the least expensive price for each store, prices go up from there depending on additional features.
Please remember this is a fun contest to encourage friendly competition and for everyone to ENJOY being active. If you have any questions, please let me or Joanie know.
A few words of encouragement….
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”
Dear friend, I pray that all goes well for you. I hope you are as strong in body, as I know you are in spirit.”
As we enter our next letter focus N - Nutrition, I have already heard several fantastic ideas floating around - can't wait to show you what they come up with! I will also be back soon, to tell you about the CH health fair that 10 of my awesome coaches helped me with! If you would like to implement the "coaches model" in your organization, I would love to help you get started!
|About the Author: Erin Franklin is the Creation Health Coordinator for Greene County and the Founder/Director at Worthy of the Prize Sports Ministries. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization, and her ebook find joy in the journey: how 12 women could face tomorrow just because He lives for inspiring stories of women who found overwhelming joy despite their circumstances. Erin is the wife of Aaron, the Worship Pastor at FBC Greeneville, and a work-at-home-momma to 2 crazy little boys, Anderson and EJ. Click here for full bio.|