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Archive for August 6th, 2011

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

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Check out Whole Foods Market’s new Wellness Club at the Open house today, Saturday, August 6, 2011. There will be lots of samples of AWESOME Wellness Club food. And there will be fun games, tours of the Wellness Club,  sample yoga classes and many fantastic giveaways too!

Today’s Wellness Club Open House hours are 10a.m. to 5p.m. at the Lincoln Park store at 1550 N. Kingsbury in Chicago. The Wellness Club is located on the Mezzinine level of the store.

What is the Wellness Club at Whole Foods Market?

The Wellness Club will offer a wide variety of services to support healthy lifestyle change or maintenance. The goal of the Wellness Club is to create a community that has something for everyone who wants to make positive health choices. Services will include a comprehensive series of nutrition classes, breakfast and supper clubs, yoga, fitness classes, group support meetings and cooking classes. Members will also receive a 10% discount on many products throughout the store! Finally, members will have exclusive access to a local provider network that offers discounted complimentary services like massage, fitness club memberships, fitness apparel and healthy restaurants.

The Wellness Club will open on September 5th, 2011. Watch for exciting promotional events and prizes in July and August!

If you’d like more information on the Wellness Club, email lincolnpark-wc@wholefoods.com or call the Wellness Club at 312-587-0648.

Keep up to date with all the upcoming events at the Wellness Club on Facebook here.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Most people in the United States Spend 40+ hours at work. And work today typically consists of sitting long hours at a desk in front of  a computer, bent over in forward flexion, necks and shoulders straining to hold the weight of the body up. We’ve traded our active work life (toiling in the fields or doing manual labor) for a sedentary workstyle–which means our bodies don’t get much exercise while we work.  It’s no surprise that obesity and “lifestyle” related diseases are on the rise. Yet what can employers do to combat this trend when the very nature of work is to have employees crank out electronic “work” via computer? Many workplaces are getting creative because they need to get the word done, but realize the costs of not providing movement and nutrition sport for their staff.

Read more to learn how workplaces can integrate and have integrated wellness programs and incentives into the workday:

• Wellness Programs Get Creative from the Wall Street Journal

• Worksite Wellness Program Uses Financial Incentives and Creative Programming to Reduce Absenteeism and Its Related Costs from the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website.

• Health Reform Prompts Employers to get Creative with Wellness from Corporate Wellness Magazine

• Wellness Programs Get Creative from Forbes

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