Take Two Hikes & Call Me in the Morning
Track: Healthy Lifestyles

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 2:45 to 4:00pm

Jon Smith, Health Promotion Specialist, Association of Washington Cities

Session Description:

Dr. Patch Adams once characterized health as “a body toned to its maximum performance potential, a clear mind exploding with wonder and curiosity, and a spirit happy and at peace with the world.” When we define health this way – as much more than the absence of disease – it’s clear that “Go Play!” is a perfect prescription for well-being. Recreation offers fun, challenge, adventure and growth that can exercise bodies, refresh minds and renew spirits. It’s essential to a healthy lifestyle. As providers of recreation services, we take so much time to provide these opportunities for others, that we often forget to engage in our own well-being. Healthy teams start with healthy leaders! Let’s work together in this interactive session to understand a holistic model of health, discuss strategies to engage our staff and ourselves in recreation and take away a toolkit to implement a wellness plan in your workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the holistic model of health and explore related, emerging research on topics including meaning, purpose and happiness.
  • Participants will examine ways in which recreation builds "self" and staff well-being and discuss strategies to engage in these activities.
  • Participants will utilize tools from the field of health promotion to implement a sustainable wellness strategy in their workplace.