CFA has already made a running start on the Global Corporate Challenge, rallying up a whopping 17 teams made up of both staff members and volunteers.
Commencing on 24 May, participants will wear a pedometer every day for 16 weeks with the aim of reaching10,000 ‘steps’ per day. It’s not just about walking though, participants can also swim and ride a bike to reach their total.
This is the first year CFA has participated in the challenge and we look forward to being part of this fun and beneficial program. The GCC aims to boost a person’s health and wellbeing, illustrating the link between a person’s physical and mental state. As well as weight loss and improved sleep patterns, individuals who completed the 2011 challenge also reported an increase in work productivity and staff morale.
Aside from the stats, the challenge can also be viewed as a fun competition between teams in a workplace. Teams log their steps taken daily to produce a tally of who’s ‘walking around the world’ the fastest. Teams are also encouraged to think of new and creative ways of increasing their steps.
I chatted to the Acting Executive Director of People and Culture, Paul Garvey, to suss out his team’s strategy to maximise their steps. Without giving their game away, it looks like there will be a few more lunchtime walks and team members substituting their car-keys for legs. “CFA places high priority on the wellbeing of its people” Paul said, “I wanted to show my support to this wellbeing initiative.”
So, from May 24, keep an eye out for sneakers, pedometers and sweat bands! Good luck to all CFA teams – let’s see who can walk the furthest!