June is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month! Promote the importance of fitness and a healthy diet to your staff and encourage employee participation in activities that offer physical and mental health benefits. Need some ideas on how to celebrate? We have 30!

  1. Host an outdoor picnic with physical games and activities.
  2. Provide an employee discount rate for theme parks, fitness facilities, or physically active events like roller skating, skiing, golf, or even indoor rock climbing.
  3. Bring in a healthcare consultant to talk about healthy living.
  4. Bring in a chef to offer healthy cooking demonstrations.
  5. Bring in a personal trainer to talk about creating good workout habits.
  6. Promote “walking meetings” where you walk around the building instead of gathering in meeting rooms.
  7. Host a luncheon with healthy food options.
  8. Give away inexpensive games or objects that promote outdoor activities, such as frisbees, beach balls, hula hoops, soccer balls, etc.
  9. Provide employees with a branded water bottle to use for exercising and hikes.
  10. Send a bulletin with a list of great places to hike or get outside in the area surrounding your office or location.
  11. Encourage employees to park a few spaces farther away each day to get in more walking time.
  12. Better yet, create a game or initiative to encourage employees to park farther away.
  13. Create an initiative to encourage employees to use the steps instead of the elevator.
  14. Stock your breakroom with healthy snacks.
  15. Add a juicer or smoothie machine to your breakroom.
  16. Document a high-level executive or leader’s path to living a healthier lifestyle.
  17. Provide information sessions to educate employees on their insurance benefits, such as free check-ups, preventative care, etc.
  18. Educate employees on the importance of staying home when they are sick—and offer time off so they stay home.
  19. Offer programs or initiatives to help employees quit smoking.
  20. Provide information that reminds employees that health isn’t just about the body—it’s also about the mind.
  21. Offer on-site mini massages for employees to help decrease stress.
  22. Host a meditation class to teach employees how to use their breath to de-stress.
  23. Assess your office or property environment to make sure that the lighting is easy on the eyes, chairs are ergonomically correct, etc.
  24. Encourage employees to get their flu shots.
  25. Use an app to host a step challenge that the entire organization can participate in. Visit the Apple or Android app stores and search “step challenge”.
  26. Offer on-site exercise areas or weight rooms.
  27. Provide on-site exercise classes, yoga sessions, or fitness classes.
  28. Build an in-office library of healthy cookbooks and books about wellness for mind and body.
  29. Participate in an organization-sponsored 5K walk or run.
  30. Make health and wellness a part of your corporate philosophy.