“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
It takes place the first Wednesday of April…a day that is designated by the Heart Association for their National Walk at Work Day. The idea behind it is to get employers to encourage their workers to take a break from their jobs and walk for a specified amount of time, getting them motivated to make exercise a part of their day and to help prevent risks of heart disease. So…as part of my job as Health & Safety Coordinator and for the second year in a row, a walk at work day was planned…
The air outside was a bit crisp, but the sun was shining and it was perfect to go outdoors and use the parking lot as a track. A little bit of chalk to draw some arrows to create a path, and some encouraging words written across the concrete and we were all set. All employees took to the pavement, chatting and giggling with one another while cars whipped by along the busy street, with the occasional horn honking. A half an hour later….we concluded the afternoon with a healthy snack and distribution of certificates; a simple gesture to recognize employees for their participation.
Perhaps a half an hour may not seem like much, but it’s pointing our employees in the right direction. A reminder that better health is as easy as taking a single step.