As a wellness program participant, what would you think sounds like more fun: filling out a health-risk assessment and seeing what areas of your health you need to improve…or attending a wellness fair where you sample a tasty recipe and try out a new fitness class?
You’re probably thinking, “Duh, that’s a pretty easy question to answer.” However, many companies focus too much on the assessment and not enough on the entertainment. If you want people to participate in your wellness program, you need to make sure it’s something that they want to do. A smart approach is creating as fun a program as possible.
The good news… “Fun” doesn’t have to be complicated or cost a lot to be effective. Here are a few ideas to keep things interesting:
- Encourage walking meetings when the weather is nice. Getting up and going outside may help to improve creativity and productivity. Walking meetings are best when attendees don’t have to take notes and you have a small group of people.
- Promote FREE events in your community that employees can attend together as a group or with their families. Many times employees don’t realize what is available right in their own “back yard.”
- Find FREE apps, calculators, videos online and share with your employees to encourage new ways of learning.
- Hold a healthy recipe contest. The theme can be as broad or narrow as you want. Have employees bring in their entries, sample one another’s creations, and vote. You could also put together a cookbook with everyone’s submissions.
- Advertise an exercise equipment swap. Set aside a time and place so employees can bring in DVDs, books, resistance bands, fitness balls, mats, etc. they are no longer using that someone else might need.
- Create a wellness library of books and videos that employees can check out if they are curious about a topic.
- Organize a salad bar potluck and have employees bring in healthful salad-bar ingredients.
- Invite consultants from local retail shoe stores to come in for shoe assessments. Employees can learn what shoes will work best for their activities.
- Form sports teams (basketball, volleyball, softball, etc.) that compete after work.
- Ask employees for their ideas of what they like to do for fun that involves fitness or nutrition, and share with everyone.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Put on your creative, resourceful thinking caps and come up with other low- or no-cost FUN wellness program ideas.
TIP: Take lots of photos and video of participants enjoying the fun, and share with your group to build the excitement and interest for all that you are offering. For more on that, check out this article: The Power of Photos & Videos in Telling Your Wellness Program Story.
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