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Run, Forrest, Run

by The Sandbox Staff | September 26 2019

The Terry Fox Run always signals the start of a new school year for us. It’s such a great way for school communities—staff and students alike—to gather together and participate in a run or walk, enjoying the beautiful fall foliage while they’re at it. It’s just one of the things we love most about fall.

As you reminisce about this year’s Terry Fox Run, think about some of the ways you can incorporate the runner’s mindset into your workplace wellness activities. With that in mind, here’s some run-related advice (with no major burst of cardio required, either) to help you prepare for the school year ahead:

  • Find your stride with resources. It’s important to maintain your own personal health as well as support the health of colleagues in your workplace. Your Employee and Family Assistance Program, which offers support for all dimension of wellness, is a great resource for both you and your team. Time to get started? Ready, Set, GO!
  • Gather a few tips from the finish line. Colleen Wright, with the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, encourages you to Train for that Marathon with a few tips on how you can fine-tune the practices you already have in place and look for opportunities from those around you.
  • Shift to eating right. One of the best ways to support a healthy workplace environment is to take opportunities to share healthy food with your colleagues. Remember, it doesn’t have to be all muffins and cookies. Healthy workplaces often start off with healthy food options that help keep you pumped for your entire meeting (or day!).
  • Find new ways to move. ParticipACTION’s UPnGO program is the perfect resource to help you and your colleagues get moving throughout the day. Aim for an active and engaged workday and you won’t have to break your stride all year long!

These are just a few ways to get your wellness ideas off and running. And, of course, be sure to help cheer on your colleagues throughout the year—you never know when an extra burst of encouragement, like the one our dear friend Forrest Gump needed, can help an idea really gain momentum.

The Sandbox Staff

A varied and, frankly, dodgy bunch, The Sandbox Staff are a collection of superheroes tremendously fascinated by health and wellness, sand and boxes (not necessarily in that order).