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Four Expert Tips for Creating a Workplace Wellness Program that Gets Results!

Health & Wellness
Workplace wellness initiatives have become top of mind for many businesses these days—and with good reason!

For companies, healthier employees mean reduced healthcare costs, less absenteeism, and higher productivity. For employees, being healthier not only feels good, it can improve morale and self-esteem, plus reduce their own healthcare costs as well.

If you don't have a workplace wellness plan in place already, follow these steps to start yours today!

1. Get Buy-In. You'll have the most success with your program if your company's leadership is supportive of your effort—after all, you will need dedicated time and both physical and financial resources to make it successful. Just remember: what you put into it can pay off substantially in the long run.

2. Form a Wellness Team. You probably have a few wellness champions in your midst (you know the ones: the sneaker sporting, veggie noshing, lunch break calisthenics folks). If you can recruit them to help out, you'll not only tap into their enthusiasm, you'll also benefit from their fitness and nutritional knowledge.

3. Start Simply. At Baudville, we started with a 10-week fitness challenge. We've been perfecting that for three years, now, and every year we learn more. Plus, now that we know what we're doing, we've added a holiday weight maintenance contest to the end of the year and plan for more year-round efforts in the future.

4 . Imagine, Believe, Achieve! A little encouragement can create a lotta results, so we've discovered. Promote your program and stimulate some healthy habits with wellness-inspired giveaways.
•  Drinkware gifts are a great way to help your employees increase their water intake. The recommended amount is 48 oz. per day—and that's unsweetened (including artificial sweeteners!) and un-caffeinated. You know, just good ol' water! Our water bottles feature great messages to inspire your team, plus they're reusable, so they help reduce waste.

•  Team Shirts™ are ideal for shouting your wellness program loud and proud! Your team members can wear them to runs or walks, at the gym, on casual days, or just out and about. Encourage them to wear their shirts for your next all staff meeting or work event and you'll create a sense of belonging and unity around a common goal.

•  Cooler Bags are a terrific gift that can inspire healthier eating. Meals prepared at home with fresh ingredients are leaps and bounds more healthy than processed or fast foods. Homemade meals are also typically less expensive, which makes them a win-win!
Make your program the best it can be with these reminders:

•   Knowledge is Power. One of the biggest factors that determines whether we are healthy or unhealthy is information. If we know how our diets and activity levels affect our wellness, we can make the right choices. Check with your healthcare provider, as they typically have tons of free resources to share with your employees!

•  Momentum Matters. You may have lots of enthusiasm at the start of your program, but once the excitement and newness wears off, you may start to lose steam. While this is normal, you can counteract it by throwing a mini-challenge or short-term goal in the middle to reboot everyone's motivation.

•  Rewards Create Results. Besides better health, if you give your team members an additional incentive (like a prize at the end), you'll not only see more participation, you'll also see much more drive. Plus, the added competition can be just what your teams need to succeed!
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