November 01, 2012
WIT's Wellness Committee is helping improve employee health
Forgoing the elevator for the stairs, taking a walk at lunch, raking leaves after work—these are the kinds of simple efforts that Director of Human Resources Margaret Card says make Wentworth’s employee health initiative FIT@WIT so accessible. “The reason I like this program is because anybody can participate,” said Card. “As long as you’re doing some kind of fitness, it works.”
FIT@WIT was launched in 2007 by the Human Resource Department’s Wellness Committee to promote fitness on campus. Set up as a team competition, the program ranks groups based on their collective number of minutes spent being active during a given week. Participation has been high and competition between teams has helped motivate employees, according to human resources.
Fifteen teams comprised of 84 employees fill the roster this year. And creative team names abound, including “Electrodes of Death” (Electrical Engineering and Technology), “Concrete Speed” (Construction Management), and Human Resources’ own “Cardio Queens.”
For all the fun of the program, including the weekly prizes that range from values of $25 to $50, the goal remains to encourage a healthy lifestyle among participants. Lack of exercise is one of the nation’s top four lifestyle behaviors related to chronic disease—a list which also includes smoking, excessive alcohol, and poor nutrition—said human resources.
“They are preventable,” said Human Resources Coordinator Elissa Silverman. “FIT@WIT is promoting awareness about your health.”
For more information on FIT@WIT and other healthcare initiatives, visit Human Resources.
- Dennis Nealon