The Boca Raton, Fla., club recently started the year-long program to put a premium on health through a series of events, including healthy cooking classes, personalized nutrition counseling, a 5K employee run, and more.
Relying on the concept that healthy employees are excellent employees, Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., recently started its year-long “Wellness Challenge,” a fun and entertaining event that places a premium on health, wellness, and physical fitness.
“Woodfield Country Club is an active country club community that encourages its residents to be healthy and physically fit,” said General Manager Eben Molloy. “It stands to reason that we would have the same philosophy when it comes to our employees, and it’s gratifying to see that we are helping employees make positive physical changes to their health. ”
Based on results from its annual employee survey, the club created a comprehensive wellness program to encourage employees to live a healthier lifestyle. From personalized nutrition counseling to healthy cooking classes, employees are focusing on making healthy lifestyle changes both at work and at home.
Through the program, employees can qualify for a variety of awards, with the grand prize being $500 or 40 hours of paid time off. But even more important is the fellowship and teamwork that is being fostered among Woodfield employees as a result of this program.
“Our research indicates that organizations that promote healthy lifestyles among their staffs have fewer sick days, higher employee evaluations, and less turnover,” said Molloy. “This type of program is a win/win for the employees and for the members and residents of Woodfield Country Club. The bottom line is that we care about our employees and want them to excel professionally and physically.”
The program is divided into three categories, including nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle.
Employees receive points for participation within these areas. Some of the activities include:
- Attend a healthy cooking class at Woodfield
- Meet one-on-one with Woodfield’s registered nutritionist
- Plant your own garden
- Join a fitness club
- Participate in Woodfield’s 5K Employee Run
- Tour Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s MammoVan
- Schedule an annual physical
- Volunteer in your community
“This program is fostering a wide range of other benefits,” said Molloy. “The activities – such as the 5K run and the softball games — inspire team building among employees and allows them to socialize with fellow workers in other departments. As the year-long program and activities continue, we’re seeing increased camaraderie among employees which translates into better service to our members.”
As part of the program, Woodfield also hosted an “Employee Wellness Expo” that featured a variety of local programs and vendors who endorse healthy living. Dentists, health clubs, insurance agencies, and physical therapists were among those with booths at the expo.
In addition to these activities, Woodfield also scheduled a “Community Services Expo”, an event that educated employees on a wide range of local programs and resources, including:
- Credit counseling
- Public speaking
- Adult education
- Tuition planning
- Child care resources