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Texas Health Resources Employees Walk the Talk Through Shape Up Texas Health Challenge
05/03/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources employees live the health care system’s mission: “To improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.” To help employees at all fitness levels achieve their personal wellness goals, Texas Health recently launched the Shape Up Texas Health Challenge.

In this free program, co-workers form teams and track their progress toward physical activity or weight loss. There are no required classes, extra time at work or equipment purchases required. Each participant receives a pedometer to track steps and access to online tools to help achieve fitness goals.

The program is popular, with more than 3,700 employees participating on 485 teams across Texas Health. Teams compete in one or more of three categories: pedometer steps, exercise minutes and weight loss. The 12-week challenge ends on July 10, 2011.

“Shape Up Texas Health is about employees stepping up to make changes in their lifestyles to improve their fitness. For many, challenges are best handled as part of a team, so participants get a lot of peer support as they are working out and losing weight,” said Bonnie Bell, Texas Health’s executive vice president for people and culture.

The Shape Up Texas Health Challenge is part of Be Healthy, Texas Health’s systemwide wellness program. Other Be Healthy programs available to employees include smoking cessation, diabetes management, employee assistance, lifestyle coaching and an on-site Weight Watchers program. Texas Health pays Weight Watchers membership fees if participants attend at least 10 meetings in a series.

Texas Health recently was ranked second among 21 North Texas companies that have met the standard to be called a Healthiest Employer, according to research conducted on behalf of the Dallas Business Journal. Texas Health was cited for its programs such as Be Healthy that help participants understand how to manage their health.

“Serving our communities’ health needs includes setting a personal example in terms of preventive health and physical fitness,” said Bell. “I’m looking forward to the many personal and team success stories that will come out of Shape Up Texas Health. A lot of my co-workers are personalizing our mission.”

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.

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