The Wood River Community YMCA kicked off its annual Corporate Wellness Cup on Feb. 2 with a healthy living expo and weigh-ins for participants.
St. Luke’s Wood River and SelectHealth are major sponsors of the corporate challenge, and 45 employees from St. Luke’s Wood River are participating.
Throughout the event, which runs until April 14, participants can track workouts and nutrition activities online, earning points for workouts, nutrition and sharing progress on social media. Participants are encouraged to embrace healthier habits, such as getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night, planning meals in which fruits and vegetables fill more than half the plate, reducing screen time by two hours or more, drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, and setting aside at least five minutes of daily quiet time.
St. Luke’s Wood River team captain Jon Powell has been motivating his team by sending weekly emails containing words of inspiration. In one of Powell’s recent emails he explained that a book called “Younger Next Year” has motivated him to stay healthy for a lifetime.“It opened my eyes to what we need to be doing today to stay healthy and active in 70s and 80s and 90s,” he said. “Simply put, ‘you have to be active in order to be active.’”
Joy Prudek is the manager of public relations for St. Luke's Wood River.