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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA Matt@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.

 

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Employee Wellness: Stand-Up Desks

Posted By Diquan Edmonds, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Monday, May 8, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thanks to a grant, NCRPA was able to purchase stand-up desks for our team. So far, we are all loving the change! This wellness blog will cover the health benefits of stand-up desks, and how your department can adopt the change.


Sitting for long periods of time is commonly known to be bad for overall health. According to the Washington Post, risks of sitting for prolonged periods include heart disease, sore shoulders and back, and poor circulation in legs. This can cause problems for those of us with jobs that require us to sit down.


Stand-up desks have been around for ages. They are a great way to avoid sitting down for the majority of the day, but still be productive in an office setting. According to Smithsonian.com, stand-up desks can have a variety of benefits on your health:


  • Reduced risk of obesity

  • Reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and other metabolic problems

  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Reduced risk of cancer


To read the full article on Smithsonian.com regarding stand-up desks, click this link.


In addition to health benefits that standing up more can provide, there are also productivity benefits! According to a study referenced in the Washington Post, “employees using stand-capable desks were more productive than their colleagues in standard, seated desks.” The study goes on to state that  “Researchers noticed a difference in the workers’ comfort, attitude about work, and how they felt about themselves.”


If you are interested in starting to use a stand-up desk, there are a few things to consider. According to CBSnews.com, sitting and standing should be alternated back and forth every “30 minutes of each for most people” while adjusting to your new set up. The article also provides an infographic that shows the correct posture to use when standing.


There are a number of different types of stand-up desks options that can be adapted to your office space. If you have an office big enough to fit multiple desks, a non-adjustable stand-up desk can be added. However, if you have a smaller space, an adjustable stand-up desk may be right for you. These desks can be adjusted to standing and sitting height by the turn of a crank.


Once you have your desk in place, there are a number of different fitness equipment that can be added to your daily work routine! At the NCRPA office, the grant also covered a desk elliptical trainer. I love using the pedals for a few minutes each day while I’m sitting down to get my heart rate up.


Enjoy these photos of the NCRPA team up and using our stand-up desks! Nicole and I have the adjustable variety, while Matt, Wanda, and Michelle have the non-adjustable type. We hope to see you all up and standing soon!


Until next time,

Diquan

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Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy Monday, 

Next week we enter into the month of May! It is important to keep finding ways to engage your department and community in an active and healthy lifestyle.  The month of May is another perfect opportunity to do so, as it is dedicated to Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM).  So what is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month? It is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace. The main priority is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through health promotion activities and environments. Organizations are invited to participate in this month long event by challenging their teams to create healthy moments, healthy groups, and developing healthy initiative projects. More information can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.healthandfitnessmonth.com/about

NCRPA’s Wellness Initiative invites your department to participate in Global Employee Health & Fitness Month. Participants can log activities on the GEHFM website during the course of the month, which will allow organizations to track, share, and promote their individual and group activities. Some examples include: challenging employees to create healthy moments, forming health awareness groups, or developing a culminating health project in your community. 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.

The next Wellness Webinar will be Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00pm. Larry Cassella, Employee Wellness Coordinator for the Town of Cary, will be presenting. His topic will focus on wellness programs, and evaluating and understanding how to define ‘value’ is critical in fully defending worksite health promotion efforts. Click the following link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1195821523648113412

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: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Best,

Colleen

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Providing a Healthy Work Environment

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Monday!


Providing a healthy atmosphere in your work environment is important and offering fresh ideas can help spark motivation and inspiration among your staff. As mentioned before, the recreation and park profession, employees can serve as great role models for encouraging increased healthy eating and physical activity in our communities.  Continuing to make employee wellness a priority helps recreation and park professionals to be leaders in their community and facilitate conversations that promote wellness. The Employee Wellness Programs page has multiple resources that agencies can implement throughout the year. Below are some options you can implement at your recreation and park agencies.


The easiest option is to provide healthy snack alternatives in the office. Healthy snacks aid in weight control, boost energy, and can improve mood among your staff. Another option is to inspire some creativity in your office by compiling a cookbook of favorite recipes that are both healthy and simple. You can share it as a word document or printed booklet. Bring together your office with a monthly healthy potluck. Create a simple sign-up sheet so employees know what to bring during the get together. Another idea is to locate a local farmers market and visit the location for lunch or dinner with fellow employees. This will help increase awareness of local fresh produce in your community. To get more ideas of what employees want, create a simple survey to find what your coworkers want the most. These are all simple ideas that can create cohesiveness and a common goal among your staff.  Snack Nation is another resource that provides plenty of employee wellness program ideas!


Please remember the Wellness Webinars will start back up in August. To gather more information on how the Wellness Initiative can improve the offerings for the Wellness Webinars, please take this quick surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T3X8PVVWe appreciate any feedback because ultimately it helps us serve your needs better.


If you have any employee wellness programs that are unique and new to your program, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub).

 

Colleen 

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Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Monday, 

As we approach a new month, it is important to keep finding ways to engage your department and community in an active and healthy lifestyle.  The month of May is another perfect opportunity to do so, as it is dedicated to Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM).  So what is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month? It is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace. The main priority is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through health promotion activities and environments. Organizations are invited to participate in this month long event by challenging their teams to create healthy moments, healthy groups, and developing healthy initiative projects. More information can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.healthandfitnessmonth.com/about

NCRPA’s Wellness Initiative invites your department to participate in Global Employee Health & Fitness Month. Participants can log activities on the GEHFM website during the course of the month, which will allow organizations to track, share, and promote their individual and group activities. 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. Another great way to become involved is to encourage employees to take part in the #MeInMyPark social media contest. NCRPA is asking department and communities to post pictures to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter of groups or individuals leading healthy active lifestyles at parks or recreation facilities, (don’t forget to use the hashtag #MeinMyPark). So ultimately, not only will your department have a chance to be recognized by NCRPA, but can also participate in the Global Employee Health & Fitness Month challenge!

Let’s continue to inspire our departments and communities to become active during the month of May.  If you have any questions or ideas about the #MeinMyPark or the Global Employee Health & Fitness Month Challenge, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)


Colleen

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