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June 12th / 2020

Global Wellness Day: Stewart stays connected through virtual wellness initiatives

Stewart’s Wellness Committee works to encourage, inspire, and support employees in living healthy lifestyles by providing education and opportunities to pursue physical, mental, financial, and social well-being. The committee organizes various initiatives each month for employees to engage with one another while improving their health. Following the implementation of Stewart’s COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy on March 16, in which the majority of employees began working from home full-time, the committee was challenged to look for new ways to keep employees connected and moving.

On March 30, the “Stewart Stays Active!” challenge began. As Stewart’s first exclusively virtual fitness challenge, participants had five modules available to track their physical activity, including total steps, number of active minutes, total miles, and an activity streak. The fifth module was a daily five-minute workout option for the 104 challenge participants. “The Wellness Committee started the Stewart Stays Active challenge on MoveSpring because we recognize that working from home creates its own challenges at staying active.  We realize how easy it is to not get enough activity without some way of tracking and keeping yourself accountable,” said Jensen Tasker, CAD technician of civil engineering and member of Stewart’s Wellness Committee. “Stewart uses MoveSpring for fun group challenges throughout the year and the platform can easily be used for personal accountability. This challenge was set up for people to track their active minutes as well as steps to help encourage people when step counts seem to be below their normal levels.”

Typically, from April through October, the committee hosts monthly “beer runs”—one- or three-mile walk/runs that lead to a social gathering at a local brewery. With shelter-in-place orders still activated, the Wellness Committee hosted a virtual beer run via Zoom Communications. We may not have been able to clink glasses during a toast, but great conversations were had by all.

During these unprecedented times, Stewart received exciting news. The firm was named one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers of Charlotte for the first time. The program honors companies that are committed to a healthy workplace through corporate wellness.

The Wellness Committee is continuing to plan wellness activities with a virtual component. Stewart’s most-beloved step challenge, the Oregon Trail Challenge, will kick off in the early fall with measures in place for employees to participate and enjoy the challenge from anywhere.

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