May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM). It is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace, created by two non-profit organizations, the National Association for Health & Fitness. The goal of GEHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Formerly National Employee Health & Fitness Day, Global Employee Health & Fitness Month has been extended to a month-long initiative in an effort to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis.
Employers everywhere are invited to participate in GEHFM. Throughout GEHFM employers will challenge their employees to create Healthy Moments, form Healthy Groups, and develop a Culminating Project. Participants will be able to log these activities on the GEHFM website throughout the month, allowing employers and employees to track, share, and promote their individual and group activities.
What if your workplace is not involved in GEHFM and have Healthy Groups established? If you have a group of people who are motivated to work together than you can start your own team and use resources from GEHFM to keep you going. They have a toolkit that will help you to provide fun, innovative, and interactive ways to incorporate wellness in your workplace! They also have a FitZip Progress Tracker to record your activity among other resources.
Exercising and eating healthy is so much easier when you have a friend or co-worker to team up with you. Then you know that you can’t make silly excuses for why you can’t do it. Even if you aren’t on a team at work, your co-workers know if you are eating healthy and if you are exercising. They watch what you do and say and can help keep you accountable to your goals. Personally, at work I like to exercise and eat alone, but even then, I can ask someone to check up on me to keep me on track. It’s amazing what a little encouragement can do for others!
So, whether you decide to join a group at work, a gym, a group of friends, or an accountability partner, the important thing is to get moving and eat healthy! Let us know if you have any tips that have motivated you or have worked for you to be fit and healthy.