Throughout 2016, Omega’s newly implemented Wellness Committee has made extraordinary efforts to promote and encourage healthy living. It’s worth a moment to reflect on some of these initiatives and thank the team that’s making us all feel better.
Healthy Snack Alternatives
In Omega’s lunchroom, it is hard to miss the wicker baskets filled with delicious bananas, apples, oranges, raisins, lightly salted cashews and almonds. These items are delivered fresh each day, available at near cost, and are strategically placed on a table besides the chip, candy and soda machines. (Disclosure: It is surprisingly difficult to insert a dollar into a vending machine when there is a ripe banana available for $0.25.) A micro refrigerator will soon expand Omega’s snack options with yogurts, vitamin drinks, and other health-conscious cold items.
Each morning, employees voluntarily meet out on the Production floor for a head-to-toe stretch session. Guided by an Omega employee, the group works through a series of stretches to move their necks, backs, arms, torsos, and legs. Over the past two months, these five-minute sessions have attracted up to 20% (and growing) of the company’s employees. Stretching has numerous physiological benefits for workers: it reduces fatigue and improves muscular balance, posture and muscular coordination. In addition, the morning stretch is a fantastic way to promote a healthy, safe and team culture at Omega.
One of the Wellness Committee’s newest initiatives is its Ride-a-Bike Program. The committee purchased four variable speed bicycles and a bike rack. Employees are encouraged to borrow a bike during their breaks to enjoy a ride around the tree-lined industrial park.
The Wellness Committee subscribes to a third-party newsletter that provides employees with advice and resources to achieve a satisfying work-life balance, reduce stress, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The Lunch-and-Learn information sessions are held during an extended lunch break and are open to all employees. The session topics vary, but they generally reinforce the health theme published in that month's Wellness Newsletter.
For the first Lunch-and-Learn, Omega invited a local registered dietician to help the company learn about healthy choices and healthy portions. Later, a care provider visited Omega and introduced the “Stress Reduction Toolbox,” which included practical tips for reducing stress. The next Lunch-and-Learn is designed around the "5-Buckets Principle" for work-life balance. This fun and interactive seminar will help employees identify and prioritize what is and should be important to them.
Sit-Stand Desk Converters
For employees who desire flexibility at their workstations, Omega is offering a solution that lets someone easily convert their sitting desk to a standing desk in a few seconds. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and increased blood pressure. The impact of movement, even leisurely movement, can be profound. Research recommends that healthy living behind the desk starts with standing up and moving at least every half hour.
Many thanks to Omega’s Wellness Committee: Dave S., Jason C., Cheryl E., Paul S., and Joanne R.