Since 2014, the NHC has been utilized by local businesses and organizations in Centre County, Pennsylvania as a wellness initiative for employees and their families. In 2015 the NHC was adopted by the Pennsylvania State University, significantly expanding the participation in the community. Through the ongoing evolution of this program, the resources established by the original NHC program are being made available anytime for business owners and organization leadership all around the country. The Quick Start Guide for Business and Organization Leaders provides the guidance and instruction necessary to conduct the NHCanytime in your organization!
As a leader, you have a unique opportunity to be “part of the solution” by inspiring your employees to make better decisions regarding their dietary/lifestyle habits. The NHCanytime provides an excellent opportunity to improve general wellness. We encourage you to partner with your Human Resources team or Wellness committee. Our hope is that you decide to not only conduct a challenge, but participate and become an advocate for the challenge by encouraging those within your sphere of influence to join you.
“We created the NHC to educate and inspire members of our community to make better choices not only with their diets, but also their exercise habits and lifestyle choices. We have created a platform to do that, but we need thousands of participants in order to succeed in truly impacting our community’s health. If we have 10,000 participants, and 20% of them have lasting, meaningful change, we have helped 2000 people live healthier lives. That is the end game.” – Bruce Burke, NHC co-founder
HOW TO RUN A CHALLENGE – A Step by Step guide to build and conduct your challenge
Committee: Consider forming a NHCanytime committee to build and conduct a successful challenge.
When: The NHCanytime is a nutrition challenge that can be run over any 28-day period. You choose when to host the Challenge for your organization. Be sure to allow several weeks prior to the start to promote and explain the Challenge. Follow up the Challenge by celebrating success.
Participants: Your NHCanytime can be organized for small groups like a department, or extremely large groups like an entire organization or community.
Motivation: Motivate participants through creative forms of incentive. Create a prize drawing for those who successfully complete the Challenge 25 out of the 28 days. Prizes could include:
–Company logo wear
–A personal day off
–Certificates to local gyms or health food shops
And so many other incentives. The more prizes, the more incentive.
Support Materials: Utilize the information support available on the NHCanytime website’s resources page.
Communication Plan: Provide communications before, during, and after to ensure the success of the program.
1. Personally meet with or send an initial communication to key stakeholders asking for their buy-in and commitment to the Challenge.
2. Announce the Challenge with a communication that explains:
–What the Nutrition Habit Challengeanytime is
–How to choose a nutrition commitment
–What prizes and other incentives can be earned as part of the Challenge
–How to register and participate
Small groups can sign up on paper or via email. For larger groups, consider using an online registration like SignUpGenius.
3. Send a signup reminder 1 week before the Challenge start date.
4. Send a Kick-Off communication on the start date
–Encourage participants to practice their nutrition habit.
–Send out the Scorecard with instructions on recording successful participation
5. Send nutrition education and encouraging communications throughout the Challenge.
6. Announce the end of the Challenge and explain:
–How and when to submit completed Scorecards
–When prize drawings will be conducted and winners announced
7. Encourage participants to share their success stories via social media
EXPANDING THE VALUE
Promote the Challenge in the community
As a community leader, you can use the NHCanytime as a tool to impact your community’s health. Promote it not only with your employees, but everyone within their “sphere of influence.” Inspire your employees to get their families and friends to participate.
Utilize the NHCanytime to boost your wellness program
Integrate the NHCanytime with an existing wellness program or to kick one off.
-Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees
-Reduced healthcare costs
-Decreased rates of illness and injuries
-Reduced employee absenteeism
-Improved employee relations and morale
Utilize the NHCanytime as a corporate team project to support your community
Build employee engagement by empowering them to organize and conduct a community wide NHCanytime challenge. The Challenge provides a tremendous community service project opportunity for your company. Employees could promote the message of practicing healthy habits in the community at large, as well as within your organization.
Education content to share throughout the Nutrition Habit Challengeanytime for your employees
Discuss the “Less is More” approach to behavior change and goal setting
Provide nutrition education
Inspire self-help activities