WELCOA recognizes Eau Claire County for Wellness Effort

Post Date:07/12/2016 9:48 AM

Eau Claire County Recognized for Wellness Effort
July 12, 2016

Eau Claire County – The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has recognized Eau Claire County in its recent On The Move national wellness challenge. Eau Claire County ranked sixth nationally in the challenge for employers with more than 100 employees.

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) launched the national challenge to get employees across the country On the Move in 2016. The On the Move competition is focused on fueling national health initiatives to combat physical inactivity and initiate behavior change. Eighty-four companies representing almost 80,000 employees participated in this 12-week online challenge spanning April, May and June. The challenge engaged employees with educational resources, behavior change incentives, social support and, of course, movement.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by WELCOA for our wellness activities”, stated Keith Zehms, Eau Claire County Wellness Committee Chair. “The County has gotten more serious about creating a culture of wellness in the past year. We feel it enhances the health of our employees, lowers our health costs and helps to foster a positive work environment so we can continue to attract and retain talented employees.”

The goal for organizations that participated? A thriving place to work, more energy, more comradery, and the designation as one of the Top Ten Most Active Companies in the country. Employees tracked their activity types, duration and intensity to work toward 100 “Move points” each day.

Taking in metrics like intensity and activity type, the On the Move algorithm allowed participating organizations to encourage employees to truly move when they wanted, how they wanted, and how much they wanted to reap all of the rewards of an active lifestyle. In fact, the challenge has been shown to cut sedentary behavior in half and revolutionize worksites for physical activity— over 80% of employees who complete the challenge say they will continue to be active in the long term.

When asked about the main goal of the challenge, Ryan Picarella, President of WELCOA responded, “We knew that people sitting at their desks all day was killing them and that workplace cultures were suffering along with employees. Traditional wellness program challenges do not zero in on culture change or connect employees with “whys” for being active that matter to them—so we created something that did. On the Move is designed to build a culture for more movement into an organization.”

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For further information or questions, please contact Keith Zehms at 715-839-4836 or email:

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