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NIFS Corporate Wellness Best Practice Series: Desk to 5K

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NIFS Corporate Wellness Best Practice Series: Desk to 5K

  1. 1. Encouraging employees to get up from their desk to be active by challenging participants to train for and complete a 5K event in eight weeks
  2. 2.  Encouraged employees to get up from their desks and make time to be active with a goal in mind  Designed to offer 5K training for walkers and runners during their work day  Built in top level support to improve the overall success of the Desk to 5K program “The practice sessions got me up from my desk and moving again. I only walked the 5K (not quite ready for running), but walking 2 – 5 miles is a part of my everyday life now. Thank you for your role in organizing it. I’m looking forward to next year’s event!”
  3. 3.  Hosted at three different weekly training locations on the company grounds to allow good access to staff-led training groups for all employees  Scheduled training sessions before work, at lunch, or after work to meet the needs of employees with hectic schedules  The staff goal of 200 registered participants was reach 100% “The training program alleviated any excuses as it walked me through a weekly training schedule to make sure I was ready for the actual 5K event. The weekly group training run / walks were helpful to keep me motivated to progress.”
  4. 4.  Supported diverse training programs to help all participants reach their goal whether it was to improve race time or build endurance to complete their first 5K event  Twenty-five percent of all training participants attended at least half of the group training runs with 14% attending six of the eight training runs
  5. 5.  Established program cost  Training program: $20; participants received: o Weekly group trainings and detailed training schedule o Desk to 5K training shirt o Prize drawings throughout the program  5K event: $15 to help offset the cost of the event  Other program supplies and training schedules were determined following registration via survey
  6. 6. Weekly Trainings:  Stop watches  Reflective gear for leaders  Snacks – apples, trail mix, water  First aid kit, cell phone  Cones for marking the route if necessary  Volunteer group leaders 5K Event items:  Race bibs for participants  Water stations  Route markers  Staff – evaluate your needs o Registration check in o Start/Finish Line o Route leaders o Family event organizers
  7. 7.  Support from the CEO to live a healthier lifestyle really encouraged employees to participate and feel supported in making time for exercise in their work day  Made it a family event, spouses and partners were welcome to participate in the 5K (Our staff also provided activities for kids of all ages during the 5K)  Used the event to promote onsite fitness center and program offerings
  8. 8. I just wanted to let you know how much FUN my daughters and I had at the 5K on Saturday. It was just a wonderful experience and one that we hope to do again next year. Thank you for all of your support!! That was a fantastic event! Saturday morning I woke up feeling very blessed by the resources our company has dedicated to physical well-being and by the knowledge that you, the NIFS team, had organized things so well and would be there to create a great experience for all the participants. I went home feeling even more thankful. You did an incredible job! Thank you very much!
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