Employees at our family of companies recently combined teamwork with competition during our first quarter wellness challenge. Those who participated in this team-based wellness competition exercised their way toward a $500 donation to the winning team’s charity of choice.
Participants tracked their exercise minutes using the MapMyFitness app on their smartphone. Employees and their family members were randomly assigned to one of four different teams and the team with the most logged minutes over the course of the incentive received a $500 donation to the charity of their choice (and bragging rights as the most active people at CQuence Health Group)!
“I did my best to send out weekly emails to the team with our current standings, exercise tips and a motivational quote,” said winning team captain Justin Eggspuehler, CQ Creative Services Manager. “We also used the MapMyFitness app to ‘like’ each other’s workouts and encourage others.”
As the team with the most logged minutes over the course of the incentive, Justin’s team earned a $500 donation to Parkinson’s Nebraska.
“It feels great to be part of a team that not only bettered themselves, but also helped in the battle against Parkinson’s,” said Justin.
“I was so glad that the company made a donation to each team’s charity,” said team captain Parker Stock, Regional Sales Director at Ensocare. “While I’m sure people joined the challenge to stay active, the donation helped remind us why we signed up in the first place.”
Younger participants also competed on a Moving for Good Kids Team. Kids were provided with an activity calendar to track their active days, which is a day with 20 or more minutes of activity. Children who recorded activity on at least 30 days during the incentive were entered in a drawing for a $200 donation to their favorite charity. Addy Olson, the winning participant from the Moving for Good Kids Team, selected the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to receive the donation.
“Addy’s best friend has been in remission from leukemia for a few years now,” said her father, Jerod Olson, Ultrasound Service Lead at Cassling. “My father-in-law and my grandfather both passed away from leukemia.”
The Olson family spent more time outdoors during the challenge. They regularly walked their dog, Watson, and enjoyed rides on their new bikes to stay engaged throughout the competition.
“The time we spent away from noise and electronics was recharging and relaxing,” said Jerod. “The best lesson was Addy seeing her work directly benefit other people without expecting anything in return!”
Several employees enjoyed how the whole family could participate in this challenge, motivating each other and competing together.
“My daughter was on my team, so I would challenge her to see who could get more minutes in a day,” said the individual challenge winner, Ryan Wachter, Field Service Engineer at Cassling. “Everyone on my team did a great job of motivating everyone else. It was a lot of fun!”
Employees found a lot of creative ways to stay active. Running, biking, taking virtual high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, dog walking and even spring cleaning all counted as movement minutes. One of the benefits to the challenge was the opportunity for employees across our family of companies to work together as a team.
“We were able to interact with people in the CQuence family that we normally don’t work with,” said Parker. “That was the most fun part of this competition for me. On top of that, it kept all of us motivated and was a good distraction from what is going on in the world today.”
The challenge began Feb. 17 and ran through March 31. The outbreak of COVID-19 dramatically impacted participants’ ability to work out at gyms. While it was difficult at first, it turned out to motivate people to keep moving and helped team members stay connected as we encouraged each other to finish strong.
“Everyone adopted an infectious, competitive spirit throughout the challenge,” said Parker. “I was so impressed with everyone on the team. Even in the face of this global pandemic, they were still able to get their workouts in and contribute to the team total.”
As a healthcare company, two things define our culture: philanthropy and wellness. We were honored to contribute to the wonderful charities our teams selected and to share our appreciation for the resources and support they provide to those in need in our communities.