Step Up for Stepping Strong Employee Wellness Initiative

Step Up for Stepping Strong Employee Wellness Initiative

Step Up for Stepping Strong is a new corporate giving and employee wellness program that will help companies create a healthy, engaged, and fulfilled workforce while raising critical funds for trauma research and care. The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital was founded by victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in partnership with BWH and seeks to mobilize the full potential of interdisciplinary innovation to fuel trauma research and care for the benefit of civilians and military personnel worldwide who have suffered from the devastation of traumatic injuries and events.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does the program work?
A: The format is simple:

  1. Companies join Step Up for Stepping Strong by making a one-time gift based on the size of their local employee population to create their team
  2. Companies then recruit employees to join the team and participate in the May steps challenge “A Walk a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.” Each employee sets a personal goal for the number of steps he or she will take each day from September 1-30, and by staying active and logging steps, employees are entered to win great weekly prizes from BWH

Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone. All companies can create a team and every employee can join the team and participate in the steps challenge. Employees set their own daily steps goal, so it doesn’t matter if someone takes 5,000 or 20,000 steps a day—everyone can participate. The consistent pursuit of a daily goal is the key health benefit, and walking is a low-impact exercise that burns calories while also improving circulation, blood pressure, muscle definition, and overall mood.

Q: When does the program take place?
A: Employee registration is open August 1-31, and the steps challenge is September 1-30.

Q: Is there a cost to employees?
A: The program is FREE for employees and a great team-based way to promote wellness and boost morale while giving back to the community.

Q: What are some of the incentives for employees to participate?
A: The program provides many incentives for employees to participate, such as:

  • Incentive for every employee who registers
  • Weekly prize drawings chosen from all registered and active participants
  • Certificate of participation to hang in their workspaces
  • Grand prize for company(s) with top percentage of employee participation
  • Weekly access to health and wellness content from BWH physicians
  • Pride in their company for supporting trauma patients and critical medical research

Q: What are some of the incentives for my company to participate?
A: The program also provides many incentives for companies to participate, such as:

  • Encourage active, healthy lifestyles for your employees
  • Internal promotion of social responsibility and philanthropy
  • Improve employee camaraderie and morale
  • Support an underfunded area that is the #1 cause of death for young people and could one day impact the lives of employees or their loved ones
  • Support innovations that will benefit the 50,000+ military personnel wounded since 9/11
  • Remember those injured or killed and honor the outpouring of kindness that defined our community in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings

Q: What kind of support does BWH provide to participating companies?
A: BWH will provide companies with a comprehensive communications toolkit to generate program awareness and encourage employees to participate such as:

  • Prizes and incentives to motivate employees to register and participate
  • Team registration portal and online steps tracker
  • Onsite Lunch + Learn sessions with BWH staff to educate employees on the program and how to sign up
  • Weekly access to health and wellness content from BWH physicians

Q: What does a participating company need to provide?
A: Tell your employees why you’re Stepping Up and get them to join your team. In addition to the provided incentives, it is recommended that participating companies also provide incentives to employees to register and participate in the program. This can be extra benefit time, a special recognition party, whatever you feel would best get employees excited to participate.

To learn more about enrolling your company in the Step Up for Stepping Strong program, please contact Zachary Dollar, director of corporate partnerships and cause marketing at zdollar@partners.org or 617-424-4299.