Employee Wellness Challenge Ideas


Challenge themes help make ordinary wellness challenges extraordinary by engaging participants in fun and interesting topics along their wellness journey.  Since all Wellable Wellness Challenges can be customized to fit the unique needs of an organization, the sample themes below highlight off-the-shelf programs that employers can configure to match their specific goals and objectives.  Employers do not need to feel limited by the sample challenges presented, as they can create their own challenges from scratch to meet the wellness vision they want to realize.


Back To Basics Challenge

This workplace wellness challenge is perfect for getting back to the fundamentals of well-being through some “healthy” competition.  No frills or fluff in this challenge, just team and/or individual leaderboards to encourage participants to race to the top.  Motivating health tips are provided along the way to educate and inspire participants to put their best foot forward.

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Continuous Incentive Wellness Challenge

Unlike traditional health and wellness programs, continuous wellness programs do not have a defined start and end date – they are “active” all the time.  A challenge may run every month or every quarter, but the end of one challenge is always the beginning of the next. Participants earn Wellable Points over a period of time (yearly, quarterly, or monthly) that convert into rewards.  Prizes can be tiered (the more Wellable Points, the greater the reward) and can include payroll contribution, vacation days, premium differentials, and more.

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Torch Relay Challenge

There is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition!  In fact, competition may be a better motivator for exercise than social support.  Inspired by the Games originally held every four years in Olympia, this fun challenge delivers the just right dose of competitiveness.  Participants compete in teams, working with their colleagues to earn Wellable Points, climb the leaderboard, and win the gold.  Rewards are provided on an individual basis throughout the challenge as each employee works towards the goal of reaching all legs of the Torch Relay.  In addition to focusing on activity and nutrition awareness, Special Activities likened to popular sporting events will be promoted to encourage employeesto get active and have fun.

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Teams Of Two Challenge

Even the most motivated people still need a little nudge in the right direction every now and then.  Having a partner travel the road to healthy living can make success easier…and much more fun!  Studies have showthat social interactions have an overwhelmingly positive effect on physical and emotional well-being and behaviors are influenced by the people surrounding an individual, which is why it's so important to associate with people whose values and habits support a healthy lifestyle.  Since healthy habits can be contagious, this challenge has participants use the power of partnership to take their health to the next level and compete against other teams of two.

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High Rise Race Challenge

This fitness challenge has participants climb some of the world’s most prominent high rises, including the Empire State Building, Makkahroyal Clock Tower, and Eifel Tower.  For each high rise a participant reaches, he or she will be entered into a raffle to win a prize, making it easy for employers to “stretch” their rewards budget.  The taller the high rise, the nicer the prize.  Participants that reach the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, are entered into all five raffles.  Along their journey, participants receive interesting health tips about the locations they visit.

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Reach The Peak Challenge

Participants travel the globe to climb the highest mountain peaks on the seven continents of the world.  For each peak a participant reaches, he or she will be entered into a raffle to win a prize, making it easy for employers to “stretch” their rewards budget.  The higher the peak, the nicer the prize.  Participants that reach Mt. Everest are entered into all seven raffles.  Along their journey, participants receive interesting health tips about the regions of the world they visit.

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Mind Body Challenge

Mental health is an important topic that many corporate wellness programs still fail to address. Use this challenge to promote the practice of daily activities that reduce stress and anxiety, improve performance and productivity, and increase overall well-being.  The challenge provides practical tools and strategies to help participants gain more focus and presence in their everyday life.  Wellable Points are awarded for completing weekly mindfulness activities and tracking physical activity.

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Charity Challenge

Staying healthy while giving to others is a recipe for feeling good!  A Harvard Business School study found that empowering employees to support causes of their choice is more satisfying than receiving a bonus.  In this challenge, individuals, teams, or entire organizations earn dollars for charitable causes through healthy behaviors.  Employers can combine the challenge with other charitable programs to build upon past experiences and fund the contribution through the charitable giving budget to preserve rewards funding for future challenges.  Want an easy way to let participants pick their own charity?  Wellable can issue GlobalGiving gift cards as prizes, which can be used to fund more than 3,000 charities/projects across the world, including the United States.

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Eat Well, Be Well Challenge

You are what you eat so this challenge focuses on nutrition education and celebrating healthy eating awareness. This challenge Is focused on food and nutrition, not weight loss.  Mindful eating is the goal, and participants earn Wellable Points for tracking their meals and snacks through popular nutrition apps like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal.  Health tips, such as healthy snack ideas, based on recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate help participants adopt healthier eating habits and continue practicing these habits long after the challenge has ended!

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Heart Health Hero Challenge

February isn’t just for valentines… it is also American Heart Month and the perfect time for the Heart Health Hero Challenge!  This wellness initiative is a great way to create awareness and encourage people to focus on keeping their hearts strong and healthy.  It is structured in a way that promotes exercise, healthy eating, and heart health education.  Tips and resources are provided based on recommendations from The American Heart Association to help participants continue practicing heart-healthy habits year-round.

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Make Your Way To 5K Challenge

Setting a goal and then working towards it is a fun and effective way to get fit and feel a sense of accomplishment.  This challenge follows a seven-week training schedule, designed to prepare participants to complete a 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles).  Whether participants choose to walk or run, they will be able to track their activity and work towards achieving a weekly Wellable Point goal every day that, when attained, enters them into prize raffles.  If a company sponsors a local race, coordinating it with the challenge is a great way to promote the event and employee participation.

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New Year Solutions Challenge

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect, refresh, and look ahead.  The start of January goes hand-in-hand with the widely held tradition of making a New Year’s resolution, but many find that achieving new goals and making them stick can be tricky.  The challenge is about kickstarting healthy behaviors and setting goals and intentions to work towards throughout the year.  In addition to focusing on activity and nutrition awareness, tips and resources for creating S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) goals help participants set thoughtful, personal goals for the upcoming year – their New Year Solutions.

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World Longevity Challenge

During this five-week challenge, participants embark on an educational journey exploring the Blue Zones® – five places around the globe known to have the healthiest, longest living populations.  During their travels, participants will learn about each community’s lifestyles and habits, and see the trends between these communities that have aided in prolonging and enjoying life.  Participants earn Wellable Points to virtually travel to the communities, and at each stop, they are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a variety of rewards.

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