Improving employee wellness with an annual challenge

Community Health Charities took its annual health challenge online in hopes of creating community and driving wellness for workers during the pandemic.

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Wellness has become a top priority for many organizations, as workplaces continue to deal with lockdowns, unrest, anxiety over public health and economic insecurity.

One tool employers might have leaned on to talk about employee health and wellness—the annual health challenge—has been adapted by some for the realities of the post-pandemic workplace. The shift has been highly effective for Community Health Charities, a nonprofit based in Virginia.

The organization ran an “ultimate health Olympics” for staff where they competed on teams throughout the month of May on challenges like drinking water, getting in steps and other fitness goals.

“It’s been great to see almost every team member posting pictures, inspirational quotes, videos and GIFs on Microsoft Teams,” says Amanda Ponzar, chief communications and strategy officer. “We see water pitchers, unique healthy recipes, personal fitness and well-being, art projects and more.”

Staffers agree that the virtual health challenge has been great:

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