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Spring Cleaning Health Benefits

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Monday,

We are officially into the month of May. It is that time of year to do a bit of spring cleaning, whether if that’s at your office or in your home. However, what you may not know is that there are multiple health benefits to doing even a little bit of cleaning.

The following provides some healthy benefits to get you motivated to clean, or as they say: “out with the old and in with the new!” According to the Health & Wellness blog by Pierce Group benefits, there are great health benefits for your mind and body when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning the house or office is a great way to clear the dust, mold, and pollen. Open up the windows and let the fresh air in as well! Cleaning your home or office is also a great stress reducer. A clean, clutter free home or office will allow you to focus your energy on other important tasks that need to be accomplished. You will ultimately be more productive. Lastly, cleaning is great exercise! The energy you exert doing common cleaning, such as dusting, vacuuming, or wiping down counters, can burn off more calories than you expect. As well as help you achieve getting those 10,000 daily steps! For example, according to the Huffington Post, mopping can burn up to 153 calories, vacuuming can burn up to 199 calories, and sweeping can burn off 136 calories! To read more information about common cleaning activities, read the Huffpost Healthy Living article. Cleaning may not be the most exciting activity, but hey, at least there are multiple health benefits while you’re at it!

Please note, this week begins Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM). Remember to find ways to engage your department and community in finding ways to be active and healthy. The main priority is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through health promotion activities and environments. NCRPA’s Wellness Initiative invites your department to participate in Global Employee Health & Fitness Month. If your department needs ideas then please check our Employee Wellness Programs webpage, containing valuable information discussing examples of employee wellness programs in North Carolina.

Let’s continue to inspire our departments and communities to become active during the month of May.  If you have any ideas regarding Global Employee Health & Fitness Month, we would love to hear from you and your experience! Please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  healthy living  Spring cleaning  wellness 

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