Wellness has many definitions, but essentially, wellness is practicing healthy habits to attain better physical and mental health. No matter what your background, age, or lifestyle, everyone can benefit from learning more about wellness and how to incorporate small wellness practices into our daily lives. The purpose of the Nebraska Public Transit Driver Wellness Program is to provide wellness related topics and practices and make them easier to understand and more attainable to add into your daily routine. This will be achieved through a video series and a newsletter.
5 Minutes of Wellness
Within rural public transit in Nebraska, most jobs involve sitting down for long periods of time throughout the work day. Often, we don’t take the time to get up and stretch or move with intention. This can have negative effects on the body including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and joint swelling. In the long-term, these negative effects can lead to costly medical bills. 5 Minutes of Wellness is designed so everyone can take just a few minutes out of their day to consciously get that movement squeezed into their schedule and take a small step toward wellness. The introduction video below further explains the series. View other videos in the series using the menu in the far right corner of the video below.
Welcoming Wellness in Rural Transit
There are so many facets of wellness to consider that it can become overwhelming at times. Welcoming Wellness in Rural Transit is a short, quarterly newsletter that can help everyone take some small steps into incorporating wellness into their daily lives at an attainable level. Issues will feature a wellness challenge for agencies to participate in, a delicious and health-conscious recipe to try out, and two featured wellness topics.
April-June 2021 Wellness Challenge
If your agency is interested in participating in this quarter's Wellness Challenge, please fill out this survey by April 14. To help track agency progress throughout this challenge, we have created supplemental tracking materials to utilize:
- Agency All Employee Step Tracking Sheet
- Employee Miles Tracking Sheet
- Guide to Technology that Tracks Distance Walked
At the end of this quarter's wellness challenge, another survey will be sent out to collect final tallies and any tracking materials which will be required to validate totals. Prizes will be awarded to the agency and individual with the highest total.
Congratulations to Avera St. Anthony's Hospital for winning the water consumption challenge with a total of 27,526 ounces of water. Also, congratulations to Coletta Clouse from Ogallala Public Transit who had the most individual ounces of water at 9,378 ounces.
Program Assistant/Event Outreach Planner
University of Nebraska Kearney Nebraska Safety Center