National Employee Health and Fitness Day (NEHFD) is a national observance celebrated the third (3rd) Wednesday in May of each year. It was started by a health focused non-profit to promote the benefits of physical activity for individuals by creating opportunities to improve their health via the workplace.Starting in 2003, Sheboygan County began recognizing and prioritizing the day as a way to improve health and fitness for companies and employees across the county.
Plymouth Foam, an Altor Solutions Company, has participated since the inaugural day in 2003. We won the trophy for 1st Place in the category of 51-250 employees presented each year by the American Heart Association for the first time in 2011. We managed to take first place again in 2016 and haven’t looked back, taking the lead in each consecutive year!
This year’s annual wellness walk came with a twist! Given the forecasted rain, we moved the walk to our indoor, 120,000 square foot facility warehouse, where we added in a scavenger hunt featuring our mascot, Cooly the Cooler, for more fun!
All three shifts participated in the 20 minute walk for camaraderie, snacks and prizes.Cooly the Cooler photos were posted all along the walking route, and those participants who found the most were entered into a grand prize drawing for wireless headphones.
As a business in the Sheboygan County community, we take seriously our role of making the county a wonderful place to live and work. Each year, along with the wellness walk, we highlight a service offered in the county. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we decided to share literature highlighting the resources Mental Health America (MHA) Sheboygan County has to offer.
All in all, 91% of our 170 Wisconsin employees participated in the activities planned for the day! Team members were also given the option to exercise off site as a means of participation, if they could not make it in person. We’re happy to say that we maintained our spot at the top and got to keep the 1st place trophy for another year!
Special thanks to the PF Health & Wellness Team who worked in conjunction with our People & Culture Team to support this “favorite” annual event. If you want to know more about the importance of Health & Wellness at Plymouth Foam and become a member of our team, reach out to learn about our available positions at https://www.plymouthfoam.com/who-are-we/employment/