This year’s firm-wide wellness competition had Kumaraguru Selvakumar standing on his head. A volunteer Green Champion in Mumbai, Kumaraguru raised enthusiasm for the event among his colleagues, helping facilitate their win in the large office category.
– By Nado Saab, Corporate Sustainability programs manager
Fall is a time for many at Thornton Tomasetti to turn a new leaf by adding some new healthy habits to their workday. And what better way to do so than with a little friendly competition? With the kickoff of the firm’s fourth Wellness Challenge in mid-September, a record 446 employees in 26 offices around the world joined the be-healthy-at-work contest. Over the course of several weeks, challengers practiced sustainable and healthy habits in physical fitness, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing.
The outdoor terrace at our Denver office provided an ideal place for lunchtime yoga sessions.
Employees took the stairs instead of the elevator, went on walking meetings, unwound with yoga sessions, repositioned to achieve proper ergonomics, added fruits and vegetables to their diets, loaded up on water and much more. These fitness aficionados scored points by recording daily activities on the Wellness Challenge scorecard for a chance to win prizes.
To boost their, and the community’s, emotional wellbeing, Angelinos and Angelinas volunteered at the LA Regional Food Bank helping sort and box more than 2,350 meals.
The points have now been tallied, and we have our 2018 Wellness Challenge winners! Congratulations to the Tampa office, a first-time participant, which won the Small-Medium Office Award with a striking 100% participation rate. Another shout out goes to the Mumbai team, which won the Large Office Award with 51 employees participating out of 79 (compared to just two in 2017). Both offices will receive trophies to proudly display until the next Wellness Challenge.
Winner in the small-medium office category, the Tampa team took advantage of the Sunshine State’s abundant daylight to conduct business outside, which helped them score wellness points as well as some vitamin D.
Sometimes taking the first step is the hardest part, but Wellness Challenge participants had the support of 68 Green Champions across the globe to keep them motivated. Additionally, the Corporate Sustainability department and the Talent Team provided resources, such as recipes, workout routines and health-related webinars, which gave participants ideas for ways to maximize their points.
Participants kicked off the challenge with a “Healthy Selfie” campaign.
With a 50% increase in engagement compared to last year, the Thornton Tomasetti Wellness Challenge keeps growing in popularity. As we look forward to next year’s event, we hope that everyone continues to experience the benefits of daily healthy habits year-round.
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