August is National Wellness month! During these 31 days individuals are encouraged to focus on self-care, build healthy habits, and tune in to one’s overall physical and mental health. As a company centered around the wellbeing of others, who treasure our team members supporting life-saving clinical work, last month we challenged our team to share creative ways they are creating healthy habits and staying active. Each week during August Wellness Month we will share tips on forming healthy habits with exercise, meditation and mindfulness, healthy eating and social connection.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined four unhealthy habits which lead to decreased health:
- Tobacco use
- Poor nutrition
- Substance abuse
With inactivity ranked number two on the list, it is imperative for individuals to keep active with hobbies and exercise. It often feels difficult to translate what we know, such as walk 10,000 steps a day and eat fruits and vegetables, into daily actions, so we created the “CSG Step Challenge,” where we challenge our team members to get at least 10,000 steps each day. There are countless benefits to walking 10,000 steps each day. Some benefits include decreased risk of heart disease and reduced stress levels.
Leading a healthy life does not only mean getting enough steps each day. It also means incorporating healthy hobbies into our lifestyle. We asked members of our team to share hobbies they use to stay busy and active. From building a chicken coop to building a screened in porch, from remodeling a car to spending some extra time in nature, our team has found crafty ways to create healthy habits by embarking on hobbies which energize them.
In summary, having healthy hobbies, an active lifestyle and moving body is always moving in the right direction—toward overall wellness. Join us further in celebrating Wellness Month as we get moving in support of No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit working to ensure every child in the United States has access to healthy food where they live, where they learn, and where they play. Stay updated on CSG’s Step Challenge and follow our fundraiser’s progress here. We are looking forward to kicking off August Wellness Month with an overarching goal of caring for our most precious asset: ourselves.