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In-House Challenge Updates!

Hi Everyone! We recently finished up our Online Team Resilience training activity and are currently working on gathering data on the program’s impact. We will share more information with all of you soon! We wanted to write a quick update on the great in-house programs that our Wellness Champions are heading up on their own!


As a brief reminder, we have been working with the Champions at our Designed Wellness firms over the past year to help them design and implement their own custom program for their firms.  We know that each firm’s culture is unique and that the Champion(s) at each firm are best suited to put together a challenge that would engage the most employees at in their workplace.  Given that knowledge, we have been working with the Champions and training them to design their own, custom programs. The goal was to demonstrate to the Champions, as well as the firms and upper management, that having Champions create their own in-house, self-generated challenges is beneficial to the organization as a whole. Internal programming helps firms create a culture of wellness that does not solely relying on external vendors for ideas, which saves companies money and gets better buy-in from the firm’s employees.


A few months ago we created an “In-House Challenge Submission Form” (which can be found here) to allow Champions to report what they have done at their firms to qualify for incentives from Designed Wellness. Here are some of the results from that submission form so far:

  • There were 18 total challenges entered into the report, uploaded by 12 different people (one Xhampion uploaded 4 programs they have put in motion at their firm!).
  • Of the 18 total activities, 7 were topical challenges (e.g., exercise, Walk/Run for charity – reach targets/goals, water drinking/nutrition) and 4 were defined as ‘Other’, which is great; it means that the champions are coming up with their own ideas for programs based on their firms’ needs.
  • The average number of employees that participated in the challenges was 26.
  • The average budget of most challenges was only $155! Additionally, 8 of the activities were done with less than $50 and 6 were completed with less than $20!


We also wanted to feature one of the challenges that was completed with a low budget, to help any champions who may have little to no budget for challenges:

Jana Bloebaum from RVW, Inc. had a healthy breakfast challenge:  “Healthy Breakfast Flash challenge. In my bi-weekly Wellness Wednesday emails, I included a flash challenge to send me up to 3 healthy breakfast ideas you have tried or are willing to try in the near future. There was a definition of what a healthy breakfast should include was in the email. Participants’ names were added to a prize drawing for each submission up to 3. After the deadline of Friday morning at 8:30, a name was drawn. Prize box of instant better oats oatmeal and $5 coffee card given. All ideas were emailed out to all employees.”


We are so excited that the Wellness Champions are gaining valuable tools to help their employees become healthier.  The challenge submission deadline will be coming up at the end of July, so make sure that you get your challenges reported before then to be entered into the drawing for a Grand Prize of $250 or 3 runner-up prizes of $150, and these drawings will be done in each category of firm size (small firms, medium firms, and large firms) so everyone has a great chance to win!


In case you need the submission link, here it is again:


I’m looking forward to seeing those in-house submissions!


Lindsay Simone

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