Positive Energy Fuels Workplace Wellness

 

By Paige Kyle, Fitness & Wellness Coordinator, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

PaigeAs I mark my one-month anniversary as St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s Fitness & Wellness Coordinator, I’m inspired by the endless possibilities to build a healthier culture of wellness on campus.

When I ask people to define what an employee wellness program means to them, the response tends to be, “Incentivizing employees to eat healthy and exercise more, right?”

It’s true that 12-week diet commitments to the 30-day fitness challenges have their place in a successful program, but we can do so much more. I believe we can start thinking bigger.  In fact, did you know we already have?

In the past five years, St. Joe’s Ann Arbor has made great efforts to become better stewards of our land and resources by using our purchasing power to support healthier, sustainable practices on campus.  In the last three years, our employee benefits have expanded support for preventive services, such as weight loss programs, smoking cessation, and health screenings. The CareBridge colleague assistance program provides access to resources for financial, and work/family life services. 

And most recently, with health and wellness as a priority in 2015, the Join Me initiative is igniting our  focus toward improving the health of southeast Michigan communities. By expanding our reach across lifespans, income levels, and community venues, we’re spreading the message of wellness in any way we can.

As your Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, my first goal is to add to the positive energy and help  health and wellness on our campus. For the month of July, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @pekyle as I share my own experience of wellness.  Have fun following me around campus, or better yet, join me and post your own experiences, using @stjoesannarbor and #SJjoinme. Let’s start the conversation of wellness, what it means to practice it, and how we can live healthier lives in our workplace, home and community..

About Paige Kyle, MPH, RDN

Paige YogaPaige believes wellness is anchored to our purpose in life. Whether it’s how we live, work, or play, her mission is to provide SJMAA employees with the opportunity to exist with that same congruency at work. Paige earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Colorado State University and her Master’s in Public Health, Nutrition from the University of Michigan. Paige spent time at SJMAA in 2014-15 with the Clinical Nutrition team as part of her Dietetic Internship. She is also an ACSM Personal Trainer and has enjoyed teaching a variety of fitness classes over the years. When Paige isn’t walking the halls of SJMAA, she’s in Ann Arbor connecting people with exercise, enjoying time with her friends, learning more about health and wellness, growing in her faith, and taking on personal fitness challenges. 

 

A Man’s Strategy for Staying Fit and Well

Whether you are striving for physical or mental fitness, there is no better way to ensure your brain and body are functioning at their best then by giving yourself a high five, plus one!  Following these “six” simple tips will guide you toward retaining mental sharpness and physical health.

  1. Don’t smoke. Unfortunately smoking is estimated to kill 400,000 Americans every single year. Choose not to smoke or find a program to help you stop. Smoking is currently ranked as the number one cause of death among men.
  2. Eat more plants. Greens pack a one-two punch. High-powered nutrition with almost no calories.
  3. Exercise regularly. Sweat isn’t a bad thing. Be active whenever you can, no matter your profession.  Even just 10 minutes each day can make a difference.
  4. Have regular, preventive screenings. Depending upon your age, there are no two better ways in which men can care for themselves than through regular screenings (colon and prostate cancer) or annual check-ups (cholesterol and blood pressure testing) with your primary care physician.
  5. Water is your friend. Limit high-calorie drinks, including alcohol, which can add up to 400 extra calories a day to men’s diets.
  6. Find time for some form of relaxation/mediation. Get away mentally and physically at least once a day.

About Steve Thiry, MD
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A practicing physician with IHA Ann Arbor Family Medicine, Dr. Steve Thiry has more than 25 years of experience in family medicine. Along with family medicine, he is also board-certified in holistic medicine. His special interests include group visits, stress management and nutrition. Dr. Thiry is a trained yoga instructor.

 

Join the Conversation on Community Wellness

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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is off to an exciting start to a healthier 2015 with the launch of the “Join Me” initiative. To date, more than 3,500 people have visited the Join Me website to learn more about our commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve. Social media advanced our message to a wider audience via Facebook and Twitter.

We’re now recruiting community “wellness ambassadors” to help spark real change through collaboration and activities. To that end, health reporter Lila Lazarus and I – along with local leaders – are launching a series of one hour Lunch & Learn events at every SJMHS hospital in our region. We will not be promoting services or pushing agendas, but rather engaging the community in a grass roots conversation about health topics that are important to them.  Colleague and physician conversations will occur at upcoming leadership meetings. Based on input and engagement, we will be open to other internal and external meetings in the future.

You can visit www.stjoeshealth.org/joinme to register for an event closest to your home.

Community Engagement Series:

March 24, 2015              St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea         1:30 p.m.         

April 7, 2015                  St. Mary Mercy Livonia              Noon               

April 20, 2015                St. Joseph Mercy Livingston      Noon               

April 24, 2015                St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor      Noon       

April 27, 2015                St. Joseph Mercy Oakland          Noon

“Since the launch of this community initiative, I’ve met people who have made remarkable changes in their lives helping others do the same,” said Rob Casalou, President and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “Together we can help this initiative catch fire.”