ClimbClub makes a healthy difference, one step at a time
Since launching last year, ClimbClub has been a growing success at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. At first, not all employees were convinced that this small addition of physical activity would make a difference in their health. This eventually led to the development of the ClimbClub Wellness Challenge at BWFH. The Wellness Challenges occur once every three months and are open to all registered ClimbClub members. BWH staff members measure waist circumference, calculate body mass index, and perform blood pressure screenings for free.
The first Wellness Challenge took place last July with 17 participants. The turnout was impressive and the motivation was high. ClimbCorps provided snacks, waters, and pedometers to all who were participated. The second Wellness Challenge took place in last October with 14 participants. As we approached the fall season, participants were nervous to hear if they’ve gained weight heading into the holiday season. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to discover that their numbers have either improved or stayed the same. A chair masseuse was also provided as an incentive to get measurements taken at this event. ClimbClub just wrapped up their third Wellness Challenge and they couldn’t be happier with the results. Over a 6 month period, several Climbers have lost a significant amount of weight, lowered their blood pressures, and decreased their BMI points. More importantly, they feel healthy and look happy!