News and Events
For the past 27 years, the Wellness Council of Iowa has been the gathering place for those interested in healthy, vibrant work cultures. Hundreds of Iowa businesses have hosted health fairs, conducted screenings, and 10,000 step programs, and weigh-ins, and educational events that have changed their environments for the better – making healthy choices easier to make for thousands and thousands of Iowans.
Today, marks the end of an era. The Wellness Council of Iowa will officially cease operations effective immediately. And, while the organization as we know it will cease to exist, it also serves as a new beginning.
It could be easy to forget how this organization has been influential in the current environment within our State. In our humble beginnings were a small group with “wild” ideas. Today, across Iowa you can find wellness groups, large to small, sophisticated to simple, with a variety of missions, in communities in nearly all 99 counties. I am confident no one could have imagined the Governor of Iowa leading a statewide initiative to establish Iowa as the Healthiest State in the Nation when leaders formed the Council.
Perhaps you think the high level of wellness programming that exists here is normal practice, or true across the United States. It simply isn’t. Your hard work, and the work of people before you, has created an environment where the concentration of the best corporate wellness programs and wellness professionals is unparalleled. Anywhere. Period.
So, whether you who have been with the Council since the beginning, are new to adopt wellness programming, or somewhere in between, I tip my hat to your visionary thoughts and doings. You are a leader and a change maker. And, you’ve paved the way for even greater things to be accomplished in this great State in the years to come.
On behalf of the Wellness Council of Iowa’s Board Directors, and myself, we thank you for your support. And, perhaps more importantly, it vital the wellness of your employees continues to be a priority at your business, in your community and in this State.
Research shows sitting for too long is actually killing you! Okay, maybe not. But, it does show sitting for more than 60 minutes actually erases all of the hard work you put into your morning or lunchtime exercise routine. We’ve developed this handy flier/poster for use to use at your workplace to encourage employees to move for 3 minutes after sitting for 60 minutes. It’s a simple idea that really packs a punch.
When it comes to helping employees live better and manage their health care a preventative care program can go long way to making a difference. WCI member Key Cooperative, based in Roland and with locations throughout Central Iowa, got creative when they decided to nudge their workforce toward preventative health practices. Their programming is the first feature in our new “What Works Series”. Download this document (don’t forget to check out the back page too) to learn more about this simple and effective incentive program.
Don’t forget to visit InfoPoint, our “Members-Only” web site, to find additional Medical Self Care materials.