Ida Alive Recognized Midwest Industries, Inc.
Ida Alive recently recognized Midwest Industries, Inc. for their efforts promoting employee wellness.
Midwest Industries has been an active partner of Ida Alive since its inception. A great opportunity for Ida Alive partners is to share wellness initiatives. Recently, the Midwest Wellness Committee shared a wellness challenge they developed “The Iowa Healthy Roads Adventure” for their employees. They kindly shared the entire challenge with Ida Alive partners. “Businesses are always looking for wellness challenges and it’s wonderful not to have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to wellness challenges,” states Patti Andrews, Ida Alive partner.
The Midwest Wellness Committee is always planning and thinking about how to help employees. They believe healthier employees have better attendance, productivity and fewer injuries. Employees also demonstrate more positive attitudes and manage stress in healthier ways.
“We try to encourage employees to participate in various activities and events by making them fun, interesting and obtainable,” shared Jeff Ogren, Human Resource Manager. “Other considerations would be how to make our programs informative, insightful and educational. Our hope is to help employees learn to incorporate healthier choices into their daily lives.”
All businesses face challenges when incorporating employee wellness into their business. When asked what challenges they face, the wellness committee shared, “Busy schedules, lack of participation, multiple shifts, diversity of employees and sense of invincibility. Limited access to a variety of healthier food choices and physical activity options based on our geographical location. It is a continuous effort that does not sustain itself.”