This is Denise. She’s 35 and works as the school administrator in the front office. Denise used to be more active. She played sports, went to the gym, even use to jog after work... look at that! But, as time marched on her healthier habits took a back seat to some more pressing matters.
But the truth is our habits: what we eat, how much we sleep, what we do is responsible for nearly 50% of what ails us and accounts for 70% of all healthcare costs.
This affects our physical health and our mental health.
So what’s the solution? How do you change your unhealthy behaviors into healthy ones? Well, that’s kind of why you’re watching this.
This might sound hard to believe, but you’re influenced by the people you work with. It’s true! Nearly half of your waking hours during a work week are spent with: John the cafeteria worker, Kara the counselor, Marsha the school nurse, Patrick the teacher. When you all work together towards a common goal, work related or not, some pretty remarkable things can happen.
Well, some smarty pants scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University recognized this connection and created a wellness program that utilizes the power of coworkers working together as teams called Healthy Team Healthy U.
And guess what, all-star? You’re our newest member. Welcome to the team.
Here’s how it works... OEBB covers all of the costs on this so signing up is free. Nothing Zilch. You do not pay anything.
And participating in Healthy Team Healthy U also fulfills your commitment to both wellness activities in OEBB’s Healthy Futures program. Yup, even if the weight management or tobacco sensation requirements apply to you. Guess what else? When you complete your confidential health risk assessment and pick this program, your next year’s healthy plan deductible is automatically lowered. Yes, you heard that correctly... I’ll leave that up there for just a second just so it sinks in. Alright, good.
You also get some cool stuff. You can receive a free sports pedometer to motivate and track your physical activity plus, just for signing up, Healthy Team Healthy U makes a donation to the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon Tooth Taxi. So, you get to help others while you help yourself.
And then you and a few coworkers will form a team. For twelve weeks, you and your team meet up for lunch or during a break, whatever, I don’t want to micromanage you. But for 30 minutes each week you’ll teach each other how to live healthier, reduce stress, and feel better.
One member of your team will guide everyone through a session using the group’s shared Team Leader Manual. And look at that! See, it’s all scripted. So don’t worry, you’re going to have all the answers and explanations in front of you. You’re going to sound like a genius with this thing.
Everyone else participates through the activities and games in their very own Workbooks. And all of these books are available for your laptop, smart phone, or tablet if you have one. Or if you’re feeling old school, you can order a free hard copy.
And at the end of each session, you’ll be given a goal to reach by the following session. Now, you earn points by completing these goals and logging them on the Healthy Team Healthy U website. And the more points you earn, the more money going to Oregon Charities.
But get this: when everyone on your team completes a goal and lots it online, your points double. Boom! That’s what we call team accountability. You and your team will track your progress online. You can send each other reminders and messages throughout the week to motivate one another.
If you feel like you want to do a little more, we’ve got you covered with strength training fitness videos for both home and gym workouts and a series of recipe videos to create healthy meals and snacks for anytime of the day. Before you know it, you’re going to be a health food expert.
Woah, woah woah, no... no... there we go! I think that just about covers everything! But changing your behavior takes time and it takes effort. We know that. But we also know that you can do it. Those who have gone through Healthy Team Healthy U have shown incredible improvements to their mental and physical health.
Remember, your team is counting on you. And through this proven health intervention, you’ll be making healthier decisions, getting rid of all those pesky health risks surrounding that sedentary life style in no time.
Ready or not, it’s time to take some action! So sign up today and get ready for the best twelve weeks ever!