21 Sep 2015 09:44:42 MDT Written by: Administration
Montrose Moves is Montrose Memorial Hospital's first ever employee wellness program. This exciting initiative is being coordinated in conjunction with Montrose Medicine’s Healthy Works wellness program. The goal of the first phase of this wellness program is to promote increased physical activity by our employees.
The walking program kicked off with great success! We scheduled three walks throughout the day for employees working various shifts and 56 people participated in the inaugural half mile walks. An energized employee committee, led by Martin Lutz, Tiffany Stewart and Brad Wiersma, has organized the walks and incentives to keep employees engaged. At the first walk, each participant was given a pulse-reading pedometer to monitor their steps and heart rate. Employees can record their steps and count the totals for the “Jamboree to Junction” walking challenge–simulating the 50 miles one would walk from Montrose to Grand Junction. A second Montrose Moves program, “Ascent up Sneffles,” encourages employees to climb up and down 100 floors in hospital stairwells to partially simulate the experience of climbing up Mt. Sneffels, our local fourteener in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness of the Uncompahgre National Forest close to Ouray. In addition, recreational bike rides are organized and leave from the MMH parking lot every Wednesday evening.
MMH employees are incentivized to complete these fun and challenging activity-tracking programs. Participants who accomplish both programs before the deadline in October, and voluntarily submit some basic health information gathered in conjunction with Montrose Medicine, can win rewards–such as an awesome Montrose Moves polo shirt or other great rewards chosen by the hospital’s wellness committee.
The next phases of the Wellness program, which are deemed top priorities for the health of our employees, include healthy eating classes and food labeling in the Lobby Grille along with education in other areas. As one of the largest employers in Montrose County, MMH is dedicated to leading our community in the areas of Health & Wellness. We are excited to continue that focus with the establishment of our Montrose Moves program for our employees.
Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344