You know how it is when you have a really bad cold, you feel lousy, and the last thing you want to do is go to work, but you just can't call in sick because there is too much to do. No doubt your work output probably suffer and that's why the Avera Heart Hospital has implemented a new employee wellness program. So employees feel their very best, all the time. The wellness committee knows it's hard to give 100% when you feel more like 40%.
The Avera Heart Hospital Wellness Committee is stretching out it's wellness program from 8 weeks to 12 months. They started in January and each month features a different theme. March is yoga month and employees are welcome to decompress twice a week for free.
Nita says, "From a simplistic standpoint, it just makes you feel good."
Nita Mehlbrech works in administration at North Central Heart and as luck would have it, she's also a certified yoga instructor at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. She says she is more than happy to offer her services at work to co-workers.
Nita says, "It's nice to be able to come in here, come into yourself, relax, decompress, get away from it for a few minutes and do some deep breathing then go back and take care of business."
One of the biggest reasons most of us don't workout is time. There's just not enough time in the day. That's why the Avera Heart Hospital is providing different health classes at work so employees don't have to leave the building and waste precious drive time.
Deb Murray is a Respiratory Therapist at the Heart Hospital and a participant in the wellness program. She says, "I think a lot of people haven't done yoga before, including me, that are intrigued by it and I love it. You walk away like you've had this hour message. It's just so relaxing."
They are also asking employees to log the miles they walk too. The committee offers incentives during "walk at work day" each month. Walk a mile and you get a prize.
Nikki Ver Steeg is a Registered Dietitian and member of the employee wellness committee. She says, "We want to help people to be active and to learn about healthy behaviors. We offer it while they're at work and make it more of a lifestyle to fight heart disease. We are also planning to incorporate nutrition, behavior and organizational support groups and ask for input on the monthly themes and guests."
I for one am glad the people who are entrusted with taking the very best care of our hearts are taking care of their own too.