It’s been said that “sitting is the new smoking” and a recent study revealed that those who sit without moving for more than two hours at a time during regular waking hours have a higher mortality rate than those who don’t. Wellness programs have become a popular way of addressing this. But imagine if company meetings provided teams with the opportunity to address and achieve organizational challenges and goals while also encouraging and enabling individuals to reduce stress and improve their health at the same time.
Adventist Health – Portland — a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare network serving the Portland, Oregon, metro area — did more than imagine it; it boldly pioneered the concept of trading conference chairs for treadmills and stationary bikes (see video) to improve employee wellness, which has become a top concern in nearly every industry across the globe.
This innovative step is just one of many ways Adventist Health – Portland — which was named one of the healthiest U.S. workplaces — fulfills its mission to enhance employee health and wellness while improving engagement, productivity and job satisfaction.