Last Thursday marked the final meeting and end of our 8 month Workplace Wellness Study and Fitbit experiment. If you’ve seen more faculty and staff walking the grounds than usual these past few months, it’s because these folks were participants in our study. Participants from the various COM departments were divided into three teams: The A-Team, Team C-Ya, and the PF-Flyers. Each team was encouraged to log as many steps as they could on their Fitbit. There are many wearable fitness trackers out on the market, but we liked this one the best. The Fitbit monitors sleep, and even logs how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, amongst other neat features. A social media component is built in so you can keep track of how your friends are doing with their steps. Some study participants had the Fitbit One, while a few others tried out the Fitbit Flex.
Monthly, the team leading in the step count would get bragging rights and a trophy displayed at the library front desk. As an added incentive to do your absolute best, the team with the most wins (or most steps in the event of a tie) at the end of the study would be awarded 15 minute chair massages for each team member as a prize for a job well done.
Overall, all three teams managed to log some impressive numbers! Over the course of the study, A-Team members accumulated a total of 17,331,502 steps. Steppers in the PF-Flyers managed 10,978,218 steps. Lastly, members of Team C-Ya buckled down to generate an impressive 19,369,327 steps!
All together, our three teams had a combined step count of 47,679,047 steps. That’s about 23,839.5 miles (assuming an average mile is about 2,000 steps), which is about the distance of traveling from Orlando to Japan, coming back to Orlando, and then going back to Japan when you realize you miss the culture too much.
Everyone did an excellent job, but there had to be a winning team. With 4 monthly wins over the course of the study and the most steps, the winner of our Workplace Wellness Study was Team C-Ya! Hope you enjoyed the massages, guys.
A poster will be presented by a few members of our library staff at the upcoming Medical Library Association 2014 conference in Chicago. It will detail some of the highlights of the study, as well as demonstrate for other medical libraries how they can integrate this sort of program into their own work. Look for a follow-up post about the MLA conference in a few weeks to get a glimpse of the poster (or swing by the library at the end of May to see it up close on display)!