Wellness Programming for the Time-Challenged

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Are there too many demands on my time? Do I have a short attention span? And, am I a typical wellness program participant? If so, worksite wellness programs are in trouble.

Having recently participated in a workplace wellness program in our office, which challenged our staff to walk 10,000 steps a day and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, these are some of the questions that I’m asking myself at the program conclusion.

Not to provide too many lame excuses for my failure to finish, but I am a full-time working Mom with two young children and a spouse who works rotating shifts. I am active in my daughter’s PTA and do publicity efforts for a local breast cancer foundation. On top of those everyday demands, during the eight-week period, my Mom was hospitalized for five days, I had a three-day business trip and my daughter finished school with end of the year activities consuming some of my time. Throw in an obligatory shower, a cousin’s wedding and a few birthday parties for my kid’s friends, suddenly those 56 days of the challenge become a struggle to accomplish all that needed to be accomplished.

Is this what wellness programs are up against? I try to exercise a little bit every single day, but sometimes, there simply isn’t enough time in the day. You don’t have to educate me on the importance of exercise and eating right. You just have to help me find the time to do it!!

Maybe there is a need for time management education and programs in workplace wellness programs!

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