City of Hamilton Delivers Motivating Employee Wellness Challenge

    HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The workplace wellness goal was to motivate
employees with a fun "Race to Dublin", and to be active the equivalent of
10,000 steps a day. In a diverse workplace with multiple physical locations,
an online virtual challenge was seen as best opportunity to reach a greater
number of employees. Healthy Workplace Specialist, Lisa Gilmour identified the
solution to implement an online team challenge, The Race to Dublin, for the
city employees with very interesting results.
    Online wellness challenges are a new way of delivering motivational
employee team events to help people live healthier lifestyles that businesses
are adding to their wellness programs. The results for this twelve week
challenge were good, with 45 teams registering and over 450 people joining in
the online workplace challenge event. Participants increased their activity
levels by an average of 14% over the twelve week event. In addition, up to 36%
of the participants reached the 10,000 step health benefit target level at
some point in the challenge, showing them they can do it. Many people are not
clear on how long or how much activity they need to reach a health benefit
level and often underestimate it.
    Using CoreXL an online computerized tracking system, participants were
able to see in real time how much daily activity they had accumulated and how
much was still needed. Options included a fitness tracker that logged minutes
of exercise plus a mapping tool that helped people plan and record actual
walking routes by steps. The online program also allowed participants to join
teams, communicate and challenge each other to be more active as they raced to
    Results showed employees had many motivators to participate in the event
with self reporting fitness tracking ranking the highest motivational tool at
68.6%. The chance to participate in a team event was also a top motivator at
64.8%. The opportunity to become more physically active was third at 54.9%
showing sometimes people just need a reason or opportunity.
    Employees citied their achievements as being increased awareness of
personal activity levels, increased activity, increased energy, improved
muscle tone, increased knowledge of activity benefits, and lost weight. The
most interesting result was that 98.6% of the employees reported they intend
to continue with regular daily exercise.
    While 36% actually reached a 10,000 step health benefit level at some
point, the message to change their lifestyle and be more active seems to be
reaching employees through online activity challenges like CoreXL. These
employee comments sum it up.......
    "I just quit smoking this past week and this challenge has helped give me
something different to focus on. Now I'm counting steps to help take my mind
off the urge to smoke."
    "This is a truly motivational program!!! A few short years ago I began
with a brisk, 30-minute daily walk....soon after increasing it to 60 minutes.
It wasn't long before my routine evolved into a 5 km run!! The ability to
track and monitor my progress has inspired me to new heights-with the
possibility of introducing rowing to my daily routine. At this rate, I foresee
running a marathon in the not-so-distant future."

    CoreXL workplace wellness software is developed by CoreHealth
Technologies in Kelowna, BC. CoreHealth Technologies is a leading wellness
software provider serving both the Canadian and US wellness markets.
Additional modules include weight loss, nutrition and health risk assessment.
By offering the newest in online web based technology for delivering proactive
health and wellness services in the growing sector of Employee Wellness, they
are helping people reduce their risk levels of diabetes, cardio vascular
disease and obesity.

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