Before we kickoff this year's Annual Fitness Challenge, we would like to invite you to a special Informational/Motivational Session to learn more about this year's program.
Get ready to chart your course for a summer of fun and fitness. On May 21, please join us for the “Informational/Motivational Session” at noon in Clark 507. Wellness Speaker Laura Hartung will address the benefits of keeping active, eating healthy snacks on the go, and staying motivated.
When: Monday, May 21st
Where: Clark 507
Time: 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. (bring your lunch)
All who attend this session will be automatically entered into a raffle drawing. So, don't forget to sign-in and get your raffle ticket for a chance to win! Also, you will earn five bonus points for Week One of the challenge for attending this session.
8-Week Challenge: June 10 - August 4, 2012
The WHOI Fitness Challenge is back again for its fifth year! It's once again the time to "Chart Your Course" to a healthier lifestyle!
This year, the challenge will be an 8-week event which will run from Sunday, June 10th through Saturday, August 4, 2012. This is a friendly and competitive TEAM challenge where participants will earn points by engaging in a variety of wellness-related activities.
It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you have been exercising for some time. Prefer walking over running? Kayaking over softball? Bicycling over Pilates? No problem! With this challenge, you get to “Chart Your Course.” The challenge is not about weight loss (although that may be one of the many benefits you’ll enjoy!), but rather increasing your physical daily activities. This is an event for individuals of all fitness levels. In addition, the program include additional points for healthy behaviors such as drinking water and eating your fruits & vegetables.
We invite everyone to participate and join us for lots of fun and activities that will be offered throughout the challenge!
Form Your TEAM
To get started, gather up 4 of your co-workers to form a TEAM of 5. Have your team select a TEAM captain and then come up with a great team name! Teams are welcome to re-use their team name from prior years.
Having trouble getting a team together, but still want to participate? Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and give us your name. We’ll do our best to match you up with a team looking for additional members.
The TEAM captain is responsible for registering their TEAM using the online registration tool. The deadline for registration is Saturday, June 9th.
Each participant is required to sign a health waiver (2012 WHOI Fitness Challenge Waiver Form). The waiver form must be completed by each participant in this year's Fitness Challenge. Waiver forms should be completed and submitted to the Benefits Staff in Human Resources by June 9th, before the start of the program.
To participate, you must form a TEAM of 5, choose a TEAM captain and give your TEAM a catchy name. The team captain is responsible for completing the online Team Sign-up Sheet listing each member of your team. Please feel free to use your same TEAM name from last year (if applicable).
Each week, the winning TEAM will be determined by different criteria which will be announced throughout the Challenge. Each participant will earn points based on the specific activities and/or healthy behaviors each week. Please refer to the list of activities and healthy behavior rewards that are eligible to earn points. To qualify for the weekly team prizes, each TEAM must have 4 of their 5 team members exercise at least 2 hours and submit their log on time.
In addition to the weekly TEAM prizes, we will recognize individual participation for those members who exercise at least 2, 4, or 6 hours each week. Each week, every participant who exercises at least 2 but less than 4 hours, 4 but less than 6 hours, and 6 or more hours will automatically be entered into a raffle drawing to win a prize. Prizes will vary in value based on the exercise level (2, 4, or 6). In order to reward as many participants as possible, no participant will be allowed to win twice.
Throughout the 8-week period, there will be special organized activities and WHOI sponsored events/seminars which can be done as an individual or as a team effort. Extra points will be earned for participating in these special events. Stay tuned for information on upcoming events to be offered!
More information will follow in the upcoming weeks. Check out the weekly WHOI Headlines for details or call your Benefits representative. If you are interested in running an event, whether one time or more, please contact Susan Darmofalski ext. 3743 or Linda Snow ext. 3763.
June 10th – Let the games begin!!!