Covenant Medical Center recently completed the designation process to become Waterloo’s latest Blue Zones Worksite. Blue Zones Project is dedicated to helping communities become healthier better places to live, work and play. Designation measures and rewards the strides area organizations are making in the community.
“Covenant is thrilled to join other sites around the Cedar Valley who have officially become a Blue Zones worksite. Promoting actions that make Covenant a happier, healthier worksite is in line with our commitment of providing the best care to the community we serve. Happier, healthier caregivers, provide better, more focused care,” says Amy Hetherton, customer and community relations manager.
To become designated Covenant selected from a menu of actions and engaged at least 25 percent of its employees to complete a personal pledge action. Actions are small changes that provide benefits to people’s physical health, emotional health and social relationships. Something unique Covenant and other Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare sites have established are indoor walking paths.
“In the winter, it can be especially challenging to motivate ourselves to get up and move. We wanted to do something that made it easier for employees to stay active, so we set up hallway markers featuring the Blue Zones Project signage to designate indoor walking paths,” says Sheri Purdy, director of wellness.
The paths vary in length and allow employees to stay warm while improving their health.
“Blue Zones Project awareness and participation in the workplace has been a great asset,” said BJ Powell, application analyst at Covenant Medical Center. “My co-workers and I use the path on a daily basis and have had good results. I would say it energizes us, makes us feel better, in addition , we’ve had some weight loss. I appreciate Wheaton providing a place to help their employees improve their overall health.”