Healthiest HUD Office Competition
Believing a healthy body primes us all for the best, more efficient, effective life-style and reduces costs associated with unhealthy bodies and minds, it is time HUD soldiers in the fight to improve the lives of our citizens, begin a supported investment in improving their health through teamwork. Each office within a Region can establish a team (Team OGC, CPD, etc.), they will get a base-line fitness work-up, have an official HUD weigh-in and record keeper, and after 90-days, (1) the Team that loses the moset weight gets bragging rights; lunch; and each member of the team gets two days off; the individual that loses the most weight in the competition gets three days off; and the individual whose #'s improved the most (not including weight, so cholesterol, blood pressure) gets one day off.
Thanks for posting!
Health is certainly and important factor in our everyday lives. We will and see if this is a campaign that would be feasible.
Thanks for the idea and using HUD Ideas in Action!
GSA in Fort Worth does this in January/February timeframe when folks are doing their NY resolutions and finishes up before summer gets here. it is very motivational to have the network and support. Teams of 4 get together, come up with a team name, weigh in, etc.The local HHS office has a nurse and dietician that can give classes on healthy choices too.
Nicole K. Chappell commented
We spend less time together, and less time in gyms. How employees "communicate" (because of their stress, etc.) can leave one breathless at times, and is a part of the observable need at HUD. HUD employee lifestyles are not resulting in healthier HUD employees, physically or emotionally. The development of teams and start of conversations around "weight" as a measure is just an easy start to what I hoped to be a new life and environment for us HUDites. As someone who would like to participate, compete and win (dare I say) I too would need to negotiate a measure that fairly includes me (as indicated in my earlier comment, other measurable "numbers") as well as endurance, strength, inches, and flexibility. My personal successes through prayer, cardio, stretch and strength exercises, cleaner eating and drinking and better rest, has helped me beyond the number on the scale. It has helped my home! I would love to see its power at work here at my other home. Please keep the comments coming and VOTE VOTE VOTE. Not too proud to beg;P
I think it's a good idea, but you might want to make a version of the competition that includes people who are already healthy and in a healthy weight range. The gym has weight-loss competitions, and it ignores the fact that many people actually should not lose weight... and some people need to gain it. And since it's easier to gain your first several pounds than your last AND also easier for men to lose weight than women AND 5 pounds means more to someone who is 5'0" than 6'0" tall, a competition that is strictly "total pounds lost" doesn't make for a fair playing field. But I think you can figure something out that is more inclusive... perhaps something that has a more holistic view of health. Like, for some groups, stress-reduction is a much more serious issue than weight loss. So perhaps meditation sessions are in order rather than weight-loss games.
Andrea Hodge commented
It is certainly a venture from which everyone can benefit.
Nicole K. Chappell commented
Both HUD and each participant will be winners. Imagine leaving HUD as healthy, if not healthier than you arrived, how cool would that be for you and your family. But add the extra incentive of days off and/or a catered lunch paid by HUD. My hope is that although we would begin with an initial 60 or 90-day competition, because we want a truly sustained healthier lifestyle, there will be on-going competitions for, let's say, the person who sustained their success the longest (either weight loss or better cholesterol or blood pressure numbers). Healthier bodies, make healthier and happier minds, and presumably, healthier environments for us all to work together in. Please, please, please, VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!