What better way to get team members moving than Northwell’s annual walk challenge
One of the many ways Northwell Health focuses on its team members’ wellbeing is an annual walking challenge. In this year’s step challenge, 3,068 teams made up of 16,421 team members participated as they competed for the chance to win $5,000! The teams have six weeks to walk two million steps collectively (with six team members per team). Nine teams overall were selected – such as the Revenue All Stars and Valley Cats, among the rest — with each participant receiving a $5,000 prize.
Each year, the walk challenge, led by our Employee Wellness team, features a different destination to help team members learn more about different locations throughout the world with Asia as the 2023 destination for our walkers. Leveraging Northwell’s wellness app, team members can view and track their physical activity, while unlocking different destinations across Asia throughout their wellness journey. Northwell’s Asian Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) helped provide information around each destination, including the history and culture, in tandem with providing team members with various wellness facts to help align mind, body and soul.
“The Asian BERG was honored to partner with Employee Wellness to identify breathtaking natural sites across Asia. We hope these carefully picked destinations spark interest in exploring new cultures and cuisines,” says Himani Patel. “We are excited to come together again and challenge each other to continue to prioritize our health by walking each day. This is the kind of healthy competition we all need to close out the year!”
From walks outdoors during lunch to gathering with friends on days off, our teams found fun ways to get their steps in while gaining more exercise and energy, developing healthy habits and improving mental health. In addition, for our remote team members, it provides a unique chance to connect with their teammates despite the distance.
In addition to Northwell’s annual walk challenges, Northwell offers more than 80 workshops and wellness programs for our team members. These resources were designed to assist our team members with building healthy habits, managing stress, sleeping better, and planning self-care. It’s just a few more ways that we show our commitment and support for the physical and emotional health of our team members.
With so many team members competing in this year’s challenge, Northwell Health is ready for a journey to Asia and wellbeing.
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