Schools keeping fit

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By Christine Bryant
Staff Writer

Reynoldsburg Schools has taken its wellness program up a notch – this year offering more incentives for employees to stay fit and active.

“We are a district focused on innovation and teaching the whole child,” said Jennifer Dixon, director of human resources for the district. “To accomplish this, our staff needs to be physically and mentally ready to take on daily challenges, as well as helping support our students’ dreams beyond the classroom.”

Earlier this school year, the district kicked off its first Preventative Care Campaign to motivate staff to get a yearly physical in order to develop a relationship with their primary care physicians and receive individualized counseling based on family health history and lifestyle.

After the physical, which is considered preventative and paid in full by the district’s health insurance policy, staff members are then eligible to win a Fitbit.

Nearly 100 Fitbits were scheduled to be awarded to staff who have participated in the Preventative Care Campaign this school year.

“The goal of the program is to get our employees thinking about a preventative and proactive approach to their mental and physical health,” Dixon said. “We have seen some real excitement and momentum being gained around this area and look to expand it in the future.”

The program is part of a trend nationwide of more employers offering wellness programs to their employees, including school districts. In addition to offering incentives for employees making a visit to their family physicians, Reynoldsburg Schools’ wellness programs coordinators also send out monthly health articles focusing on different topics. Local health facilities have also come on board – donating time and room in their gyms for employees, including one who provided a free evening boot camp class.

“Some of our schools also offer fitness related classes that employees can participate in, such as yoga at Summit Road High School,” Dixon said. “The program is not just about physical health – it is about the whole being health, which helps during stressful times of the year such as around the holidays.”

For more information, go to reyn.org.

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