NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — From Oct. 3 through Oct. 31, 29 teams from New Prague community businesses committed themselves to improved health as part of Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague’s Community Wellness Challenge. Participants found major benefits in the program, and officials at Mayo were excited to see the interest and engagement.
“The Raven Stream Office Team had fun participating in the first-ever Community Wellness Challenge,” says Pat Pribyl, principal of Raven Stream Elementary and member of the winning team. “We discovered that, working as a team, we were held accountable for exercising. None of us wanted to let the team down, so we pushed ourselves to do our best. Many managed to even drop a few pounds in the process.”
Accountability and teamwork were a theme throughout the challenge, with many participants underscoring the value of support and solidarity.
“We tried to do something extra each week to keep people motivated,” says Monica Burtzel, vice president of State Bank of New Prague, which had its entire office participate. “I think the challenge was a good experience, and people didn’t want to let their team members down, so that helped motivate them to exercise. I know it helped me.”
Throughout the challenge, participants completed a predetermined wellness activity listed on the challenge calendar and recorded their minutes of exercise. Participants earned points based on the number of minutes of exercise. Additional points were awarded for completion of each activity. Individuals also took part in community walks each Tuesday for added exercise and socialization.
The Raven Stream Elementary Office Team, which came in first place, won bragging rights and a traveling trophy that they’ll possess until the next challenge winner is crowned. Fab-U-Less Five, a team from Chart Industries, came in second place.
Mayo Clinic Health System plans to organize another Community Wellness Challenge in 2017, emphasizing resilience and dietary challenges, as well as continuing to focus on exercise.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.