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Worksite Health Challenges

Create fun, healthy competition among your employees to get them to be more active, eat better, and more. Our Health Challenges provide everything you need to run a fun and easy program that meets your organization's needs.

The following are benefits of worksite health challenges:
  • Affordable: No cost, but you can provide your own prizes to make it even better! 
  • Turn-Key: From planning to promotion and implementations, they're ready to use. 
  • Team-Focused Fun: Improves morale and social connections. 
  • Flexible: Can be done any time during the year. 
  • Life-Changing: Participants report losing weight, quitting smoking, and feeling better. 
  • Incentives: Challenge coordinator earns $20 gift card for completing program evaluation. 

Pick a challenge that is right for your organization, and learn more in the tabs below!

 Challenge Theme  Length Tracking Sponsor 
Shape Up  Eating fruits and vegetables, getting exercise, managing stress, sleeping, and doing acts of kindness 6 weeks Paper Medica
Get Moving Physical activity 6 weeks Paper Medica
Active for Life Physical activity  10 weeks Online and paper American Cancer Society

 

Shape Up Challenge

The Shape Up Challenge helps your employees become more aware of the benefits of physical activity, better nutrition, and changing other behaviors. The challenge lasts six weeks and provides employees a chance for both personal achievement and friendly competition with others.




Features

  • Points for multiple behaviors – exercise, diet, stress, sleeping and "acts of kindness"
  • Weekly wellness newsletters and email messages 
  • Tracking on paper 
  • Six weeks long



Participation

It's easy to get started. To participate, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Identify an enthusiastic person to act as the coordinator – someone who can spend two to five hours weekly motivating employees to improve their health. You might also consider forming a committee to help plan and implement the program.
  2. Read the step-by-step instructions in the Coordinator Manual. 
  3. Develop implementation and communications plans that fit your organization. 
  4. Decide whether to offer prizes/incentives (see below). 
  5. Print any promotional materials you need. 
  6. Do the challenge! 
  7. Complete a program evaluation within 30 days.



Share Your Experience and Earn Awards

Afterwards, complete a program evaluation and earn rewards for both the coordinator and your organization! The coordinator will get a $20 gift card in their name to one of over 300 stores such as Target, Sports Authority, and more. 

Note: To be eligible for the gift cards, the evaluation must be done within 30 days of completing the challenge. One gift card per company per challenge. 

Complete a program evaluation »




Questions?




Program Materials

Coordinator manual  |  Customizable poster  |  Customizable flier
Weekly email messages | Tracking form  |  Fact sheet




Educational Newsletters

Week 1  |  Week 2  |  Week 3  |  Week 4  |  Week 5 |  Week 6

Get Moving Challenge

The Get Moving Challenge is designed to get your employees moving! It's a friendly competition where employees earn points for being active. During the six-week event, participants choose activities that best fit their lifestyle and goals. Activities can include things like walking, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking, dancing, or yoga and can be combined to make the challenge more interesting.




Features

  • Points for exercising 
  • Weekly wellness newsletters and email messages 
  • Tracking on paper 
  • Six weeks long



Participation

It's easy to get started. To participate, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Identify an enthusiastic person to act as the coordinator - someone who can spend two to five hours weekly motivating employees to improve their health. You might also consider forming a committee to help plan and implement the program.
  2. Read the step-by-step instructions in the Coordinator Manual. 
  3. Develop implementation and communications plans that fit your organization. 
  4. Decide whether to offer prizes/incentives. 
  5. Print any promotional materials you need. 
  6. Do the challenge! 
  7. Complete a program evaluation within 30 days.



Share Your Experience and Earn Rewards

Afterwards, complete a program evaluation and earn rewards for both the coordinator and your organization! The coordinator will get a $20 gift card in their name to one of over 300 stores such as Target, Sports Authority, and more. 

Note: To be eligible for the gift cards, the evaluation must be done within 30 days of completing the challenge. One gift card per company per challenge. 

Complete a program evaluation »




Questions?




Program Materials

Coordinator manual |  Customizable poster |  Customizable flier
Weekly email messages  |  Tracking form  |  Fact sheet




Educational Newsletters

Week 1  |  Week 2  |  Week 3  |  Week 4  |  Week 5  |  Week 6

Active for Life Challenge

Active for Life is a 10-week program that encourages employees to be more active. Participants set individual goals based on how active they are and how active they want to be. Goals can be moderate (like walking or taking the stairs) or intense (like running or tennis). Participants receive points for minutes they are active. Each person also belongs to a team, which is rewarded as its members make progress.




Features

  • Customized website or offline/paper available 
  • Weekly wellness newsletters 
  • Optional weight and nutrition tracks 
  • Detailed reports for all user roles



Participation

It's easy to get started. To participate, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Identify an enthusiastic person to act as the coordinator - someone who can spend two to five hours weekly motivating employees to improve their health. You might also consider forming a committee to help plan and implement the program.
  2. Contact a local American Cancer Society representative:
       • Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society website
  3. Work with the representative to set up a customized website if you'd like. 
  4. Follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the representative. 
  5. Develop implementation and communications plans that fit your organization. 
  6. Decide whether or not to offer prizes/incentives. 
  7. Print any promotional materials you need. 
  8. Do the challenge! 
  9. Complete a program evaluation within 30 days.



Share Your Experience and Earn Rewards

Afterwards, complete a program evaluation and earn rewards for both the coordinator and your organization! The coordinator will get a $20 gift card in their name to one of over 300 stores such as Target, Sports Authority, and more. 

Note: To be eligible for the gift cards, the evaluation must be done within 30 days of completing the challenge. One gift card per company per challenge. 

Complete a program evaluation »




Questions?

Email us or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.




Program Materials

All Active for Life program materials can be downloaded directly from their website, or you can view them below.

Visit the Active for Life website »

Active for Life 101  |  Suggested planning timeline   
Active for Life best practices | Sample CEO letter

Training Materials

Participant training Team captain training  
Program director training  |   Executive director training

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