‘Biggest Winner’ Participants Focus on Making Healthy Choices
- Making poor dietary choices can lead to devastating health problems, shorten a person’s lifespan, and impact their overall quality of life.
- Wellness Works’ “Biggest Winner” weight-loss challenge promotes healthy weight loss and physical activity, and increases overall health, all in the name of fun.
- The Crozer-Keystone Advantage and Advantage PLUS Medical Plans provide counseling on proper and healthy nutrition.
- Currently, more than 4,200 employees and spouses are Wellness Works members.
Obesity has risen to epidemic levels in the United States. Making poor dietary choices can lead to devastating health problems, shorten a person’s lifespan, and impact their overall quality of life.
There are many reasons why you should want to eat healthy, and just as many benefits associated with doing so. Most health experts recommend eating a balanced, healthy diet to maintain an appropriate weight or to shed a few pounds. The problem is that not many people know what exactly a healthy diet consists of. Some of the basics of a well-balanced and healthy diet include:
• Lean protein (fish, meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, nuts and beans)
• Healthy fat choices (animal and dairy products, nuts and oils)
• Complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, grains and beans)
• Vitamins (such as vitamins A,B,C,D,E, and K)
• Minerals (such as calcium, potassium and iron)
Opting for healthy foods will not only slim that waistline, but in the long run it can also help fight and prevent diseases. Processed foods have fewer nutrients. Believe it or not, when you choose to munch on something healthy your body tends to be more productive. If you eat whole vegetables, lean protein and whole grains, your body will thank you.
Over 370 employees and spouses on 68 teams are focusing on healthy eating habits as they compete for cash prizes and the coveted title of Crozer-Keystone’s “Biggest Winner” during the eight-week weight loss challenge that ends on July 13th. Teams such as the Belly Busters, Community Cuties, Drop Weight Gorgeous, and Flab-U-Less are exercising, counting calories and focusing on healthy habits as they compete against other teams system-wide, such as In it to Thin It, Lettuce Lovers, Mission Slimpossible, Skinny Minnies and the Starvin’ Darlin’s.
Siarra Bey, assistant service coordinator of Adult Targeted Case Management at Community Hospital, was the first team captain to submit her team’s paperwork for the Biggest Winner weight-loss challenge. “My team shares healthy recipes and uses the buddy system to encourage one another to work out at the Healthplex,” Bey says.” We’re taking advantage of all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available during the summer to improve our diets and help us to eat healthy. There are so many delicious options available this time of the year. It’s great that Wellness Works offers this fun competition to keep us focused on our goals.”
One of the most popular features of Wellness Works is the Healthy Lifestyle Tracker. This online tool allows members to track their healthy habits, such as exercising regularly and participating in special health-related programs – such as “Biggest Winner” – and to earn annual rewards for pursing a healthy lifestyle.
The Wellness Works employee wellness program is just one way that Crozer-Keystone demonstrates their commitment to the health and well being of our employees. In addition, the CKHS Advantage and Advantage PLUS medical plans provide coverage for many routine screenings and nutrition counseling in the Nutrition Center at Crozer.
Currently, more than 4,200 employees and spouses are Wellness Works members. The easiest way to become a Wellness Works member is to log on to www.crozerbenefits.org and print out a Membership Form from the “My Wellness” page, complete it, and send it to Employee Benefit Services. A free membership to the wellness program is available to all employees and their spouses. For more information, contact Susan Winkles at (610) 595-6387 or 19-6387.