Each year from November 1 to January 1, VISTA sponsors a Holiday Health Drive for employees. It’s our way of helping people manage stress and avoid the nutrition and fitness landmines that so often accompany the season. More than 80 percent of employees participated. We’re especially proud of the employees who QUIT SMOKING!! Yeah!
Employees accumulate points for engaging in healthy activities like exercising, eating nutritious foods, doing volunteer work, and relaxing through meditation or massage. Each time they earn enough points to pass a century mark (100, 200, etc.) they are entered into a drawing for prizes.
We had before-work and lunchtime group walk/runs; random, inspiring, health and wellness email messages; and a hot oatmeal breakfast for all comers to start each day.
This year we added education sessions over the lunch hour including how to maximize nutrition while cooking, the basics of aromatherapy, how to make salads for every season, how to incorporate vegetables into our desserts (honest!), holiday cooking in a green world (from a five-star resort chef) and how to make guilt-free main dishes for the holidays.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the local businesses and vendor partners who supported our drive this year, including:
Nostalgia—a lovely little coffee shop in Salt Lake City,
Jiffy Lube—because what’s more stressful than having your car break down?
Nina Brown and Salad Master—who else could convince people to put beets in chocolate cake?
Leslie Smoot—who taught us healthy cooking classes from Zermatt Resort in charming Midway, Utah www.zermattresort.com
Bill Ligons—our aromatherapy champion
Irock Fitness—featuring our favorite fitness professional, Danny Blankenship—www.irockfitness.biz