Foundation Offices Workplace Wellness Program

Let’s work and play together to “Leave It Better Than You Found It”!

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2022 Healthiest State Initiative Winner

2021 Healthiest State Initiative Finalist

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Healthy employees are more productive employees! Workplaces that focus on wellbeing see greater levels of innovation, creativity and overall happiness among their employees. 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is Iowa’s statewide effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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This initiative, led by the Healthiest State Initiative and the Iowa Department of Public Health, is helping create healthier environments in educational settings, health care practices, workplaces, and communities — the places where Iowa families live, learn, work, and play.

According to the 2019 America’s Health Rankings, Iowa is #20 in the nation when it comes to our state’s physical, mental and social well-being. The goal of the Healthiest State Initiative is to become the healthiest state in the nation.

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In January, 2021 the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation was named as a finalist in the Healthiest State Small Workplace category. Soon after, the Foundation Offices Workplace Wellness program was launched for all staff and partner staff by the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. In February, 2022 the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation was named the winner in the Healthiest State Small Workplace category.

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Since October, 2019 the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation has been a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Registered Workplace. We have committed to help our workforce Eat Well, Move More and Feel Better. Let’s work together to improve our nutrition, physical activity and wellness environment. We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice at our workplace.

Wellness Wednesday

Every Wednesday, an hour of time is designated for all staff to participate in wellness activities. This time is purely optional for all staff and is counted as part of the paid workday. Examples of Wellness Wednesday activities may include:

  • Onsite access to walking, yoga, biking, tennis, pickleball, basketball, soccer, softball/baseball, hitting golf balls, sledding, ice skating, and more at Ahrens Park
  • Gardening, reading, bring your dog to work/walk
  • Educational workshops like Meditation & Mindfulness, Heart Math, DEI, and other professional development opportunities
  • Nutritious meals, snacks and togetherness, onsite free access to bottled water, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Volunteer activities: Tiger Packs packaging, Ahrens Park cleanup and other Lend A Hand opportunities
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January is all about New Beginnings

new beginning month

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

Heart health awareness month

March is Good Nutrition & Sleep Awareness Month

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April is Stress Awareness Month

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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June is National Great Outdoors & Trails Month

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July is National Park & Recreation Month

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August is “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Month

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September is National Food Safety Awareness Month

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October is Healthiest State Month & Healthiest State Walk!

November is Hunger Awareness Month

December is about giving back & celebrating the past year’s successes!

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