First Nation Group Wellness Program: 2021 Rewind

As we kick-off 2022, we’re taking a look back at what we accomplished in 2021. And, oh what a year it was for the First Nation Group Wellness Program! We started the 2021 year with a goal of empowering employees to achieve their health goals, keep employees engaged with one another, and promote a healthy workplace culture overall. With the threat of COVID-19 and the majority of First Nation Group employees working remotely, it was more important than ever to focus on not only health, but employee morale as well. Over the last year, First Nation Group has worked hard to leverage the Wellness Program as a vehicle to achieve a healthy workplace, incorporating various virtual health initiatives and activities each month to promote employee wellbeing and take a holistic approach towards the health of employees. Each month has been tied to a global or national health initiative, with First Nation Group putting our own unique spin on it.

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14 National Initiatives Observed

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2.1 Million Steps Taken During Employee Challenge

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5 Health + Wellness Experts Featured

These monthly initiatives have ranged widely, from skills for healthier living to all-employee challenges to simply learning about various health and wellness topics. Together, our employees have learned how to make quick and healthy lunches from a nutritionist, form and stick to healthy habits from a registered dietician, and do simple workout moves at home from a physical trainer. The Wellness Program has educated our company on critical health topics like PTSD awareness and lighter issues, like how humor is an important part of wellbeing. The challenges, such as our all-employee step challenge in January, empower employees to be the best versions of themselves, promote camaraderie, and inspire some good old-fashioned competition.

One of the 2021 Wellness Program fan favorites among employees took place in-person last July to observe Extreme Heat Awareness Month. We provided employees with helpful tips to stay cool and beat the heat while still enjoying the summer sun, holding a company-wide ice cream social at all locations as a fun reminder to stay cool.

Below is a full list of monthly initiatives the First Nation Group Wellness Program observed throughout the 2021 year:

January – Healthy Weight Week Employee Step Challenge featuring licensed dietician nutritionist, Anna LaBarre, MS, RDN, LDN.
February – National Heart Health Month
March – National Nutrition Month Virtual Cooking Class with certified Health and Wellness Coach, Mary Julia Walker
April – National Humor Month
May – National Pet Month and Global Employee Health and Fitness Month with certified nurse and fitness instructor, Ann-Taylor Day
June – National PTSD Awareness Month with Home Base of Southwest Florida
July – Extreme Heat Awareness Month hosting company-wide Ice Cream Social
August – National Immunization Month/Healthcare for the Homeless Day
September – National Self-Care Awareness Month including Self-Care Photo Challenge
October – Health Literacy Month
November – Men’s Health Awareness Month No Shave November Challenge
December – Hand Washing Awareness

“First Nation Group is a company that is built with a family-first focus. Having the opportunity to best support the health and wellness of our employees, both in and out of the office, has allowed us to deepen that foundation,” said Cheryl Nilsson, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of First Nation Group. “The Wellness Program has provided employees the opportunity to improve physical fitness and mental health and created a community within the company where employees can collectively share and achieve their health goals.”

Wellness takes work, effort, and time; healthy behaviors simply don’t happen overnight. First Nation Group’s goal with the Wellness Program has been to provide employees with the tools, information, and resources they need to achieve wellness.

As we head into a new year, we’re excited about what the 2022 Wellness Program has to offer – the important conversations and topics we’ll explore while continuing to build our healthy, supportive, #TOGETHERSTRONG community!