Successful corporate wellness programs don’t always start at the top. 904Fitness experienced this meeting Connie Smith, Dennis Holler, and the FIS/Black Knight employees for a lunchtime group run. These employees are motivated to get healthy, run farther, and race… without too much help from the boss. Employee enthusiasm has changed fitness culture at a handful of local companies. In fact, inspired employees, like Kristen Wiley, were instrumental in getting their employers to adopt the Corporate Galloway Training Program as a wellness benefit. Connie and Dennis, along with official Galloway representatives, have now signed up over 200 employees to run the 26.2 with Donna 5K, half marathon and marathon through their unique program.
From Connie’s desk to yours
The Desk to 10k/Gate/Donna is a take on the Couch to 5k program – instead of getting folks off the couch we get them away from their desk for a run. The program, based on Jeff Galloway’s Run/Walk/Run methodology, holds 3 trainings a week at each company. These trainings are at convenient times, like early mornings, lunch hours and evenings. Finding times that work for different shifts ensures that the participants can come out for the training.
How it works
The Galloway Corporate program is usually paid for through wellness budgets or incentives from insurance providers. Most companies see the program pay for itself when employees go off many of their medications. The corporation only needs to allow for 2 to 3 weekly trainings sessions on their campus and internal recruitment for participants.
The Galloway Corporate program is for employees who have never run before. Jennifer Purdue loves the incremental approach that helps runners build up to goal race distances. Grouping participants into like abilities ensures no one is running on their own.
The program provides additional resources. Local businesses provide informational support sessions on nutrition, cross-training, proper running gear/shoes and physical therapy. Talks on how to incorporate family into new exercise routines and how to stay healthy during training have benefited employees, like Amy Mergen. Every registered member receives Jeff Galloway’s book “Getting Started”, a Tech shirt, and “Swag Bag” with discounts to local companies. A “Monday Motivation” email is sent out weekly to participants with information and tips for the upcoming run.
“I can’t say enough about the benefits of the Galloway program! I firmly believe that this training method helped me come through chemotherapy and radiation with a great deal of success. If it weren’t for this program, I would have stayed on the couch feeling sorry for myself during my breast cancer treatment. Instead I ran a marathon in 5:08! As I lifelong non-runner, I am convinced that anyone at any level can achieve personal success and improved self-confidence by embarking on the ‘Galloway’ way!” Kristen Wiley
“When I started running a year ago, I didn’t think I would have the stamina to get through a 5K — much less a half-marathon. Since joining the Galloway Training Program, I’ve learned not only how to run injury-free, but have successfully completed several 5K runs and two half-marathons. If I can run using Galloway, anyone can run! I’m thankful to Black Knight management for introducing the Galloway Corporate program, which encourages employees to embark on a positive lifestyle change while meeting co-workers across the company on a regular basis.” Jennifer Purdue
“I’m 45, and I never thought I would say ‘I’m going for a run,’ again in my lifetime. I was a diligent walker. Then I got cancer – went through two surgeries, chemotherapy and came out on the other side wondering how I’d get my strength and stamina back. That happened to be when FIS/Black Knight announced the Galloway Corporate Program. The method makes it doable, especially for someone who is starting from a very low level of fitness. Run/walk is easier on your body so it’s sustainable. I commit to three times a week, and I really enjoy the camaraderie of the group run. I’m really happy to say – I Galloway.” Amy Mergen