Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013
MRS (Mammography Reporting System Inc.), a nationally acclaimed medical software EHR company, recently completed a Summer Employee Fitness Challenge to promote employee wellness and healthy habits. The 43 participating employees accumulated an aggregate 27.3 million steps, climbed 58,700 floors, and logged 12,572 miles over the 9 week challenge.
The challenge was a fun and collaborative program that encouraged employees to get out and get active. Using Fitbit activity trackers to record individual activities, employees tracked four metrics:
- Steps taken per day
- Floors climbed
- Miles walked or ran
- Very active minutes per day
MRS team members achieved phenomenal results with several employees going above and beyond their fitness goals, including six employees who each logged over 1 million steps each. Many committed to incorporating wellness techniques into their permanent routine. At the conclusion of the challenge, MRS employees logged a staggering 27.3 million steps, 58,700 floors, 12,572 miles, and 105,000 very active minutes. This is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 20 times, walking halfway around the world, and being highly active for 1,758 hours.
In order to promote employee wellness, MRS gave each of its 45 employees the opportunity to use company provided Fitbits to track and record steps and activity levels. MRS also offered incentives on a tier-based system for those who average 7,500, 10,000 and 12,500 steps a day. Incentives were also given to participants who recorded a 35% improvement in daily steps from the first 15 days of the challenge. The current activity statistics were listed on a web-based company forum hosted by Fitbit, where users can compare statistics and post discussion threads, which helped to cultivate much higher levels of camaraderie. MRS also engaged Melanie Machado, RD, CD, from Pacific Nutrition & Wellness as a guest presenter to promote healthier nutrition.
The results were staggering, according to Mark Morris, the President/CEO of MRS. “I have never seen such a positive impact on team members. I have received many comments in person and in letters & emails from our team thanking both me and MRS for the Challenge. They told me that the increased activity level positively impacted their marriages, kids, health – you name it.” While set up by the company, organic interaction between employees increased throughout the 9 weeks, and built a happier, more cohesive group. “Final statistics aren’t yet available, but it also was clear that in the aggregate, our team lost hundreds of pounds of body weight as well. Many employees found that the increased activity levels lowered their blood pressure and blood glucose levels. It has been a phenomenal success.”
One study undertaken by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana correlated increased levels of daily steps reduced the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, low levels of HDL cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides. It’s not a surprise that workplace wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular throughout the country, particularly as employers attempt to leverage a healthier employee population into results that include increased productivity, decreased stress, lower health insurance costs and lower absenteeism rates for employees. All of these benefits appear to result in happier employees with reduced turnover.
About Mammography Reporting System (MRS)
Mammography Reporting System (MRS) is the most widely used tracking & reporting system for all breast-related procedures, including mammography, MRI, Ultrasound, and nuclear imaging. MRS is a patient-centric system that promotes efficiency and effectiveness in any workflow by offering features such as automated patient lay letters, problem case tracking, and statistical risk models that help optimize work-flows and contribute to quality patient care. With over 25 years in business, MRS is constantly innovating and improving its products in order to better service the needs of customers and their facilities. For more information, visit http://www.mrsys.com or call 800-253-4827.