Please join us Friday June 11th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Carriage House as we kick-off the 2010 Fitness Challenge. A group of HR representatives will be present to help you get started and answer any questions you have about this year's program. An experienced fitness trainer(s) from 241 FITNESS (local fitness center) will be present to promote and demonstrate proper stretching before a workout. In addition, for those interested in getting an exercise boost before the official challenge begins, we will lead a TEAM walk through our own WHOI Fitness Trail. The walk is scheduled to take off from Carriage House at 12:30 - so don't be late!
All who attend the Kick-Off Celebration will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a 5-visit punch card to 241 FITNESS (2 raffles will be drawn). So, don't forget to sign-in and get your raffle ticket for a chance to win!
TEAM bags will be available for pickup at the Kick-Off. So, please have at least one team member attend to claim your bag. This year, we will be providing each participant with a WHOI sports water bottle as a reminder to 'drink plenty of water,' especially during and after workouts.
Healthy Refreshments will be served!
It's Time to Chart Your Course Again
The WHOI Fitness Challenge is back again for the third year in a row! It's once again the time to "Chart Your Course" to a healthier lifestyle!
Spring has sprung and we’re getting ready for our third annual WHOI Fitness Challenge! This year, the challenge will be a 10-week event that will run from June 13 – August 21, 2010. A friendly 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 Friday, June 11th.
This year, we are requiring each participant to sign a health waiver (2010 WHOI Fitness Program 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 18th.
We have eliminated the t-shirts and contest for 2010. Instead, each participant will receive a WHOI sports water bottle as a way to promote and remind participants to 'drink water,' especially when working out.
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. Each participant will receive a WHOI sports water bottle. 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 be offering another incentive to recognize individual participation to those members who exercise at least 2, 4, or 6 hours each week. Each week, every participant who exercised 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 one will be allowed to win twice.
Throughout the 10-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.
Can you think of a better way to feel great, look great, stay healthy and display a positive image of the new you? Join us and we will show you how, no matter what level of fitness you are at.
*June 11th – Official Kick-Off event at Carriage House (11:30am-1:30pm)
*June 13th – Let the games begin!!!
More information will follow in the upcoming weeks. Check out the weekly WHOI Headlines for details or call your Benefits Specialist. If you are interested in running an event, whether one time or more, please contact Donna Hyman ext. 3743 or Linda Snow ext. 3763 .