Today is fall equinox and the end of “100 Days of Wellness” in UCM. The days are shorter and a bit cooler. And hopefully, team UCM is healthier. Over 75 percent of UCM team members participated in the challenge, which was an idea created by Stephanie. Her goals were to see each person take the chance to be good to themselves in ways that make them happy.
When I last blogged about the challenge, we were at the halfway mark. Since that time, employees have walked, ran, golfed, and swam more or involved themselves in other self-help activities such as meditation or meal planning. Working with WellWorks, they shared with us “8 Dimensions of Wellness,” giving us a much more holistic view of being well and recently led us in a DIY eye pillow project aimed to help us alleviate stress.
As a culmination of our summer health challenge, the team has been invited to participate in an outdoor challenge course at The Ridges. We will engage in activities that will have us traversing our way across a river filled with acid and may have to transport nuclear waste to a waste reclamation site! (Well, not really!) Spending a couple of hours at OHIO’s adventure recreation department, Outdoor Pursuits, will provide opportunities for us to increase communication and trust as well as enhance our conflict resolution and problem solving skills, all while having fun!
It has been exciting to watch the UCM “100 Days of Wellness” board fill up and hear employees talk about their experiences. I’ve enjoyed the summer health challenge and now have a habit of doing something healthy for myself every day.