The wellness programme is a response to the rapidly emerging epidemic of non-communicable disease, which is affecting not only the UN community but the world at large. The program utilizes health education and health promotion strategies to achieve the goals. The health and nutrition component during this period is conducted under the slogan ‘healthy U’. It involves a number of activities and collaboration between Joint Medical Service and Caterers on one hand and JMS and Recreation Centre on the other. There is a notable increase in lifestyle disease risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. Staff members are given personalized written and oral advice to be implemented and advised on necessary lifestyle change. There is a concern that in the long run the organization will suffer the cost of an unhealthy work force, and more so the individual and their family.
An integrated program for management of health and injury risks, the program endeavors to reduce chronic illness and disability, to reduce employees’ total health-related costs, including direct medical expenditures, unnecessary absence from work, and lost performance at work. It redefines the JMS role as a proactive one with service provision to staff and the organization as a whole, an approach to prevention of illness through promotion of healthy practices and offering practical solutions to identified problems with the goal to increase productivity.
JMS promotes increased physical activity
Through the wellness program, physical activity is promoted through group challenges to increase motivation among staff. Partnerships with the UNON Recretion center to motivate those within the challenge have also been established as well as regular health talks within the year and more frequently during the group fitness challenge duration that is usually 3 months at a time, to guide on important issues such as diet, health screening, mental health and other health related topics.
We appreciate the fact that staff members in Gigiri have bountiful resources for keeping physically active. The recreation centre offers gym, sauna and steam and other sporting facilities including swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, squash, lawn tennis, table tennis, football and athletics. There are already several clubs including jogging clubs, aerobics club and others. Also offered are personalized training programmes. The heart is the most efficient pump, size of your fist and its efficiency depends on your lifestyle. The more active you are the better its performance. A combination of a good diet , high in fiber and exercise will ensure your heart gives you a better service into your old age.
There is also an informal lunch hour walking club targets staff members who are not available for one reason or other to join any of the other activities at Recreation Center. It provides a convenient opportunity to get away during lunch break for some light physical work out. This club is becoming increasingly popular and we encourage staff members to join. Just grab your colleague and get out for a walk.
Fit for Free Friday
The walking club occassionally extends to Friday at 2:00 PM for a "Fit for Free Friday" walk/jog/run. All staff are welcome to join exercise activity at the UN compound Gigiri where members walk, jog or run as they please.
Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits. Here's how to get started. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Walking is one of your body's most natural forms of exercise. It's safe, simple, doesn't require practice, and the health benefits are many. Here's more about why walking is good for you, and how to get started with a walking program. Three times a week of half an hour to an hour’s brisk walk, will give you enough exercise to keep your heart and body healthy. This will also ensure you keep the doctors at bay.
Benefits of Walking
Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:
- Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
- Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
- Manage your weight
- Improve your mood
- Stay strong and fit.
TIPS FOR STAYING MOTIVATED TO WALK
One of the best ways to stay motivated to walk is to include other people. Ask friends and coworkers to join you.
- Join a walking group or club.
- Buy a pedometer at a sporting goods store. Wear it every day and count your steps. The first time you wear it, count how many steps you normally take in a day. Set a goal for increasing it each day or week. Try to start with an increase of 2,000 steps a day and work toward 10,000. Get others to join you and set goals as a group.
- Walk before or after work or on your lunch break. Instead of taking a snack or coffee break, take a walk break.
- Schedule walks on your business calendar. Turn a walk into a brainstorming session with a coworker.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks that cushion your feet.
- Drink plenty of water. Take a bottle with you when you walk.
- Plan family outings around walks together.
- Take your dog on a walk.
- Set a goal to participate in an organized fitness walk.
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