The PHIL/WEL program, as we know it today, began 7 years ago. Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. partnered with Optimum Health Solutions, a workplace wellness company, to address the health concerns of our associates and promote a wellness community at work.
A wellness committee was formed to work directly with Optimum Health and develop ideas to encourage wellness in the workplace. There was an optional wellness screening that included personal information concerning the healthy habits of associates or lack of, such as diet, sleep patterns, smoking, etc. We also had blood work done to assess our cholesterol and other levels. From this information a plan was developed that included Optimum Health giving presentations about various topics to encourage developing healthy habits.
One such habit is keeping your mind healthy, and it gets its own workout during the PHIL/WEL Olympics.
The wellness committee, nicknamed The PHIL/WEL Group, met separately and with Optimum Health representatives. We developed plans for fun activities to encourage the healthy changes mentioned in the presentations and to initiate the motivation to change.
Over the years PHIL/WEL has promoted and introduced several weight loss competitions with the prizes being funds to purchase health/workout equipment. We have also had several Bocce Tournaments and Ping Pong Tournaments. We have had “Wellness Wednesdays”. This was when a member of the committee would bring a “healthy” snack to be shared by all employees. But our most enduring and enjoyed event has been and is our “PHIL/WEL Olympics”.
The PHIL/WEL Olympics is a day to celebrate health and wellness and enjoy a day in the sun with our coworkers!
The PHIL/WEL Olympics is a day of fun in the sun. In the beginning the committee chose the menu for lunch and did all the preparation, focusing on healthy foods. Next we contacted gyms, chiropractors, massage therapists, health food stores and any other vendors we could think of to come and set up tables for the associates to visit during the games. Because we did have games! Bocce, bags, hillbilly golf, etc., and fun was had by all. This fun day has progressed to choosing a healthy menu from a local business and the meal being catered and the games and vendors have evolved and improved over the years.
The goal of Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. and the PHIL/WEL Committee is to improve the overall health of our associates; which in turn makes for a happier and more productive working staff.