During the 1980s May was proclaimed National Health and Fitness month. Fast forward 30 years to the recession, continued budget cuts, and the looming fallout from sequestering – and we find wellness programs consistently showing up on employers’ chopping blocks. But fitness and wellness don’t need to be casualties of your employer’s ongoing financial woes. Why? Because you are about to become your organization’s MVE – Most Valuable Employee – by introducing a FREE and EFFECTIVE corporate wellness initiative which will lead to happier, healthier and highly productive employees all around.
The program is the Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, or GEHFM. Not familiar with GEHFM? Here’s a little background. For over 25 years, the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF), which I’m proud to serve as Vice President, has worked with non-profit organizations, governments and business leaders across the country to bring about a more physically active nation. As part of our continued efforts, NAHF and ACTIVELife, an Austin-based non-profit organization dedicated to organizing the movement for healthy change in America and the world, have worked together to create GEHFM. From May 1st to 31st, 2013, employers everywhere are invited to participate and challenge their staffs to create “Healthy Moments,” form “Healthy Groups,” and develop a “Culminating Project.” Participants will be able to log their various physical activities and steps toward better health on the GEHFM website (www.healthandfitnessmonth.org) throughout the month of May.
According to NAHF President Diane Hart, “This is a national and international observance of health and fitness in the workplace and invites and encourages workplaces to engage in wellness activities. The goal is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through workforce health promotion activities and environments. Joining Global Employee Health and Fitness Month is the best place to start or rededicate your organization’s efforts to the imperative cause of health becoming the norm in our world. We have tremendous scientific and economic evidence that worksite health promotion is a sound business strategy.”
It’s hard to believe, but May is just around the corner, so now is the time to begin rallying your organization toward the great cause of health and fitness. Check GEHFM’s website — www.healthandfitnessmonth.org, order some fun products at http://www.jimcolemanltd.net/ and pass the health on to your co-workers and employees. Good luck and thank you for your participation in GEHFM!
For more information about GEHFM or sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Diane H. Hart, President
National Association for Health and Fitness