Community of Change

Community of Change

By Jami Haberl on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Creating healthy changes by implementing wellness plans within an office has become vital now that the majority of employees sit at desks all day. MidWestOne Bank regularly encourages employees to improve their health and wellbeing by providing physical activity programs as well as nutrition and volunteer opportunities.

Igniting competition in the workplace is an effective way to make a change. MidWestOne had their employees participate in four different challenges last year that fostered healthy competition and increased physical activity and nutrition:

  1. March Madness Challenge: Employees compete in a bracket-style challenge, with different activities each round including jumping jacks, planks, squats, etc. The person with the higher score in each round moves through the competition to the finals.
  2. Walk the Footprint Competition: Employees form teams and “walk” between MidWestOne’s 22 locations. Every 10 minutes of activity counts as a mile with the full distance being 664 miles.
  3. Quarterly 30-Day Challenge: Employees complete a specific number of particular movements, gradually increasing reps each day for the second month of each quarter. These movements include crunches, squats, push-ups and burpees.
  4. Clean Eating Challenge: Employees went an entire 15 days eating only “real” foods as allowed in the 100 Days of Real Food Guide. If an employee ate an unapproved item, it would cost them ten burpees per item which they had to perform at the end of the challenge.

One of the most exciting wellness opportunists offered by MidWestOne is their rewards program. This program distributes points to employees in exchange for healthy lifestyles. The three healthy behaviors that earn points include weekly exercise, a tobacco-free month and a healthy BMI/waist. Once employees save up enough points, they can turn them in for reimbursable dollars to purchase wellness items or wellness time off hours.

MidWestOne believes that a part of good citizenship is to be engaged in philanthropic activities. More than that, employees who engage in volunteering report higher levels of wellbeing. Last year 210 employees volunteered a total of 12,426 hours. Employees participated in races by volunteering for shifts and even held key leadership positions such as Secretary and Assistant Race Director. One of the Healthiest State Initiative’s favorite volunteer ideas from MidWestOne was the Healthy Kids Initiative in Iowa City where more than 48 employees volunteered their time to assist six elementary schools in providing dental screenings for all students. What a commitment to their community!

MidWestOne Bank is leading the way to change for their employees. Using competition, rewards, and community involvement is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Every office should have a wellness plan. Take ideas from MidWestOne and watch your employees thrive!