group-wellness-activitiesIt's that time of year where everyone loves to get outdoors and have fun in the sun. Cookouts are a classic way for businesses to reward employees for their hard work and provide a fun opportunity for the organization to come together. Taking an alternative route from the common barbecue agenda will not only promote a positive, healthy atmosphere, but will be sure to align with your overall wellness initiatives.

Getting Started with Group Wellness Activities

Nutritious Team Building

At Marathon Health, we are happy to support our customers in providing healthy activities and educational programs for their organization during the summer season. Some of our most popular programs include “Maintain, Don’t Gain” and “Winning at Losing” which promote fitness and nutrition through educational sessions and fun activities. As part of their “Maintain, Don’t Gain” program, our customer Lenovo, Inc., recently encouraged employees to share a healthy treat for a chance to have the winning recipe featured at the onsite cafeteria. Doing so not only helped to bring the organization together for a taste test, but was a great opportunity to support their employees in pursuing healthy choices.

Fitness and Fun

For an active approach, try providing an outlet for exercise AND team building. Consider sponsoring employees to participate in a local summertime race or Fun-Run. Host a company outing to a nearby park or recreational facility where employees can participate in a light walk, hike, or game. Offer time during the day for wellness opportunities in- house such as yoga, meditation, or a light afternoon walk. For a simple, social idea, organize a company game night of either traditional or theme-inspired activities. Be sure to offer small prizes for the winners!

Cause-Based Wellness

Want to give back to your community? Inspire your organization to come together for a cause. Host a company-wide fundraiser or food drive. Offer an incentive like a healthy catered lunch for meeting your goal. Encourage volunteer opportunities throughout the year for a chance to bond over a positive initiative.

Feeling inspired yet? Get creative with your workplace wellness opportunities. Whether you’re celebrating summertime with food, fitness, or fundraising, be sure to wear sunscreen and have fun!

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Topics: Wellness Program, Office Wellness, Corporate Health, Corporate Culture, Healthy Workforce