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RV Wellness wraps up 10,000 step challenge & reimburses for Fitbits

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RV Wellness wraps up 10,000 step challenge & reimburses for Fitbits

Nov 05, 2015

Renal Ventures empowers its employees to live healthier lives through different programs designed to get employees moving.  Recently, the RV Wellness committee initiated a challenge to get employees walking 10,000 steps a day.  The challenge lasted from September 1 to October 31. 

Infusion-out-for-a-walk_03_story.jpgAssuming employees successfully walked 10,000 steps each day, they would have walked 610,000 steps or approximately 250 miles, the distance from RVM's home office to Grand Junction, CO.  Depending on whether you were walked many steps a day or just a few, you'd arrive in time for either Christmas or Spring Break!

Infusion Accounts Receivable Specialist Mika Mcginness saw the challenge as an opportunity to get back into shape.

"I used my breaks and part of my lunch to go for walks and I take my dogs for walks in the evenings to get in my steps.  I usually took my kids for hikes on the weekends to get my steps in, too.  I definitely changed my walking behavior.  Instead of going home and relaxing I was a lot more active!" said Mcginness.

The program had approximately 200 participants over the two months of competition.  To help RVMers track their steps during the challenge, the RV Wellness reimbursement program received many requests for funds for FitBits and other step trackers.

"Of all RV Wellness reimbursement requests the committee received in the 3rd quarter of 2015, 40 were for fitness trackers, which was about 25% of all RVM employees," said Infusion Revenue Operations Coordinator Brandy Myers. 

The RV Wellness program reimburses up to $90 a quarter for Wellness related activities and items.   According to the Wellness committee, in the 3rd quarter of 2015 (July - September), 170 RVMers were reimbursed for their individual activities and items, a participation rate of 17% of all RVM employees.

FitBit-screencap_story.jpg"I purchased a Fitbit earlier in the year and was reimbursed by the wellness program. I do the Fitbit challenges with friends , which makes me very motivated to keep walking. I average 13,337 steps per day.  Because of walking, my health has been better and I plan to continue to utilize my Fitbit and continue the challenges," said Mcginness.

The RV Wellness committee will host a ceremony on November 11 to announce the challenge results and award prizes to the individual and location winners.

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