The Department of Human Resources is responsible for designing and implementing the Town's voluntary wellness program. This page is designed to provide the Town of Westerly employees information on current and upcoming wellness activities.
Voluntary Wellness Program
Hydrate, Don't Wait Challenge - August 2017
About the Challenge - Flyer
This month-long challenge is designed to encourage you to boost your daily consumption of water. Not all experts agree on what, precisely, is the amount of water one needs to drink every day to maintain a healthy level of hydration. However, in general, the recommendation that is considered to be safe and prudent amount of daily water is the 8x8 rule: an eight-ounce glass of water, 8 times a day.
During the Hydrate, Don’t Wait Challenge, the goal is to consume eight glasses of water per day. Although other beverages such as soda, coffee, and juice contribute toward you daily liquid intake, the challenge is geared solely toward increased consumption of water in place of sugary and caffeine-containing beverages.
How the Challenge Works
Consume eight or more eight-ounce glasses of water per day. At home or at work. Track your consumption using your tracking card. Employees who submit a signed Monthly Hydration Tracker, with at least 496 ozs. (equivalent of 16 oz per day) recorded will be entered into a drawing for *$150.00 in chamber bucks.
Employees who consume at least 32 oz. of water a day, each day of the month (equivalent to 992 ozs), will also receive a Westerly Water Bottle.
Beginning, August 1, track the amount of water you consume daily on your tracking sheet.
- Record the number of 8 oz glasses of water every day.
- On August 31, total the number of 8 oz glasses of water consumed during the month.
- Submit your Hydrate, Don’t Wait Challenge tracking sheet to Human Resources HR@westerlyri.gov, no later than Friday, September 8 at 5:00 PM.
- Drawing will be held on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Town Hall.
*Wellness incentives are considered taxable income, and the winner will see this reflected on their paycheck in September.
Walking - Steps Challenge - September 2017
This month-long challenge is designed to encourage you to increase the amount of steps / physical activity you perform daily.
During the Steps Challenge, the goal is to walk at least 5,000 steps a day. During this challenge, other activities such as aerobics, playing sports, cleaning house, gardening and jumping rope also count towards your step goal. Just use the provided conversion chart to convert every one minute of the selected activity into the appropriate number of steps.
How the Challenge Works
Record at least 4,000 steps per day, either by walking or participating in the physical activities listed on the tracking sheet, at home or at work. Track your total daily steps using your tracking card. Employees who submit a signed Monthly StepsTracker, with at least 120,000 steps (equivalent of 4,000 steps per day) recorded will be entered into a drawing for *$250.00 in chamber bucks.
Employees who record at least 6,500 of steps a day, each day of the month, will also receive a Westerly Drawstring Backpack, which has a water holder for the Westerly water bottle from the hydrate challenge.
Beginning, September 1, track the amount of steps you have taken on your tracking sheet(found on the Town’s HR website under Wellness).
- Record the number steps every day.
- On September 30, total the number of steps you have taken during the month.
- Submit your Steps Challenge tracking sheet to Human Resources HR@westerlyri.gov, no later than Friday, October 6 at 5:00 PM.
- Drawing will be held on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Town Hall.
*Wellness incentives are considered taxable income, and the winner will see this reflected on their paycheck in October.