National Wellness Challenge Results
M3 is proud of our business partners and clients that were recognized for their participation in The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) On The Move national wellness challenge.
WELCOA launched the national challenge to get employees across the country On the Move in 2016. The On the Move competition is focused on fueling national health initiatives to combat physical inactivity and initiate behavior change. Eighty-four companies representing almost 80,000 employees participated in this 12-week online challenge spanning April, May and June. The challenge engaged employees with educational resources, behavior change incentives, social support and, of course, movement.
The goal for organizations that participated? A thriving place to work, more energy, more comradery, and earning a designation as one of the Top Most Active Companies in the country. Employees tracked their activity types, duration and intensity to work toward 100 “move points” each day.
Taking in metrics like intensity and activity type, the On the Move algorithm allowed participating organizations to encourage employees to truly move when they wanted, how they wanted, and how much they wanted to reap all of the rewards of an active lifestyle. In fact, the challenge has been shown to cut sedentary behavior in half and revolutionize worksites for physical activity— over 80% of employees who complete the challenge say they will continue to be active in the long term.
When asked about the main goal of the challenge, Ryan Picarella, President of WELCOA responded, “We knew that people sitting at their desks all day was killing them and that workplace cultures were suffering along with employees. Traditional wellness program challenges do not zero in on culture change or connect employees with “whys” for being active that matter to them—so we created something that did. On the Move is designed to build a culture for more movement into an organization.”