Not all employers can build walking trails or offer free gym memberships to employees, but even small changes can encourage workers to move. LiveWell Colorado shares ideas:
ALLOW TIME FOR EXERCISE – Flex time can let employees come in late, leave early or use their lunch hour to get some exercise.
LET’S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE – Some meetings require PowerPoint presentations, but Lisa Walvoord of LiveWell Colorado told this reporter I could’ve interviewed her while we took a walk instead of while I sat at my desk and talked to her by phone. If a meeting lasts longer than an hour, take a break midway for people to stand and stretch.
RETHINKING THE SNACK ROOM AND THE OFFICE LUNCH – LiveWell Colorado has a fruit bowl instead of a candy bowl in the office. Replace sweetened beverages with water. Office microwaves and refrigerators allow employees to bring in home-cooked meals for lunch. For work lunches with catered fare, consider ordering sandwiches with whole-grain bread. Watch serving sizes.
GET ON THE BUS, GUS – Giving employees bus passes can encourage exercise, because people often have to walk farther to catch a bus than they would have to walk from a parking lot if they were driving. Also, make sure there’s a bike rack outside.
TAKE THE STAIRS – Good signage can remind and encourage people to use the stairs. Keeping stairwells safe, clean and lit can help too. So can slowing down the elevators.