Congratulations to all of our amazing teams who made it through the My Healthy Workplace Challenge! We’re so proud of the creativity and dedication that you showed with your weekly challenges!
To recap, in week 1, we asked teams to submit photos and write-ups on how they incorporate safety and health into their work days to create an environment of workplace wellness. For week 2, we asked teams to submit photos and write-ups on how they reduce sedentary behaviour and incorporate physical activity into their work day. And finally in week 3, we asked teams to submit photos and write-ups on how they eat healthy at work and make healthy choices accessible in the workplace. Visit our Facebook albums (weekly links above) to see all of the submissions.
Now that the voting has wrapped up, it’s time to announce the winners! Winners are determined by the cumulative number of votes (likes on their photos on Facebook) through the three weeks.
Our grand prize winner, with an amazing 708 cumulative votes, is Citius Altius Fortius, from DP Todd Secondary School in Prince George. Congratulations! Here’s what they had to say when they signed up for this challenge:
The nine of us form a team that is cross – curricular, kinda like cross-training, only better. We are all teachers so we are A+ types! That doesn’t get in the way of us recording steps per day with our Fitbits to evaluate how we are moving, keep track of marks, well, maybe just marks in winter snow (a few team members are keen skiers), and learning about building a community that is supportive and positive. We know that standing is better than sitting (our band, PE and shop teachers have no choice on this) and we remember to check in with our fellow teachers to stay connected and supported. Healthy relationships at work and at play are important to us as well as healthy bodies. As teachers, we know that we need to be great models for our students so that they can learn how to be healthy and engaged as they leave our classrooms for the world beyond school. Some of us walk to school, most of us work out regularly but all of us are up for this challenge. We are up for the test and ready to make the grade!
We also have three prize winners, the teams with the highest votes from each health service delivery area (the northeast, the northwest and the second highest from the northern interior as the grand prize winner is also from this area). (Curious what communities are in what health service delivery area? Check here.)
Northeast winner: TR Troopers, from Tumbler Ridge Elementary School, Tumbler Ridge, with 488 votes
Northern interior winner: Detox Divas, from Northern Health, in Prince George, with 399 votes
Northwest winner: Terrace Youth & Family Wellness, from TDCSS Youth & Family Support in Terrace, with 114 votes
Congratulations to all the winners! To see their three prize winners and their thoughts on workplace wellness, visit our team page.
We’ll be in touch with winning teams soon to get you your prizes!
About Jessica Quinn
Jessica Quinn is regional manager, health promotion and community engagement for Northern Health, where she is actively involved in promoting the great work of NH staff to encourage healthy and active lifestyles. She also manages NH's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc) and moderates all comments for the NH blog. When she's not working, Jessica stays active by exploring the beautiful outdoors around Prince George via kayak, hiking boots or snowshoes, and she has recently completed her master's degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University, with a focus on the use of social media in health care.