Over the past three weeks three teams from two local businesses have been competing in the inaugural fitness event — the Workplace Wellness Challenge.
The event was opened to businesses throughout Mingo, Logan and Pike (Kentucky) counties and spanned three weeks with 11 fun challenges, according to Williamson Health and Wellness Center’s Amy Hannah, who coordinated the event.
“The Workplace Wellness Challenge is designed not just to promote a healthy lifestyle, but to promote a sense of community among our businesses and a sense of belonging among the employees of businesses that participate,” Hannah said. “It is all about relationship building between businesses and the employees of those businesses.”
Team members competed in events such as horseshoes, corn hole, bowling, volleyball, trivia and an obstacle course among other events.
“We know that with one-night competitions with events like this people are going to come out physically fit at the end of three weeks, but the Workplace Wellness Challenge is meant to get people moving and to get them to think about ways to add healthy activities and exercise into their routine,” Hannah continued.
She said WHWC’s Healthy Living Team and Healthy Eating Team joined forces to create this event which is based on the Charleston YMCA’s Corporate Cup competitions.
“That is such a popular event in Charleston that the YMCA has two separate leagues that compete in the Corporate Cup,” Hannah said.
She said the Charleston YMCA worked with her in providing information and became a resource for her.
“They shared their information with us and we adapted it for our needs,” she said. “It was our first time doing this. We learned a lot and made changes as we progressed through the event. I hope we can make it an annual event.”
Hannah said her group made an extensive list and invited businesses from Chapmanville to Pikeville, Kentucky, to participate. However, only the WHWC with two teams and the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center with one team participated. The Williamson Health and Wellness Center Red Team was this year’s Workplace Wellness Challenge champion.
“We hope that other businesses discover the great time we had and will join us next year,” she said. “It was insane. We laughed so much and had loads and loads of fun. We got a lot of positive feedback from those who participated.”
Hannah said that, by the end of the event, participants from the two businesses were exchanging phone numbers and making plans to get together on their own to continue to grow the relationships that were developed over the past three weeks.