Eating is social and obesity is an epidemic. You may notice that when others eat unhealthy around you, whether it be at home or at the office, you are much more likely to eat unhealthy as well. Since weight gain can be socially contagious, why not make optimal health a social activity?
Race to the Moon is a wellness program hosted by the social network Cafe Well. The program encourages health and fitness by offering free wireless pedometers and a mechanism to track steps and overall progress. The program is sponsored by HealthAmerica and members are able to take full advantage of the program to include step monitoring. Those who are not HealthAmerica members can still register for free and participate in challenges, discussion groups, and read popular questions and answers from experts. The program is open to residents of DE, MD, NJ, and PA who are 18 years of age or older.
So, if you were to create a social health challenge, what would it be? I remember when I was pregnant being really bummed that I was unable to participate in an office challenge to see who could lose the largest percentage of their body weight. I think it would be really fun to have an office challenge that would involve taking turns preparing healthy lunches for everyone who participated in the challenge! Then, you could agree to walk on lunch breaks a number of times a week. Writing this post has really gotten my creative juices flowing!
I would love to hear from you. Have you ever participated in a social wellness challenge? If so, did it work?