Balance is key in workplace wellness

2013-11-14T16:45:00Z 2013-11-14T17:31:23Z Balance is key in workplace wellnessVanessa Renderman, (219) 933-3244

HAMMOND | Workplace wellness goes beyond healthy eating and smoking cessation. It's about maintaining balance.

That was the message Marci Crozier shared Thursday at the Lakeshore Chamber general membership luncheon, set on the eighth floor of Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital. The topic was Health, Wellness and Fitness - Getting a Jump Start on 2014.

Crozier, director of marketing and sales for Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, was a contestant on Season 11 of the reality weight loss show "The Biggest Loser." She partnered with her daughter Courtney Crozier on the program.

Marci Crozier shared photos and stories from her time on the reality show, applying lessons from the weight loss ranch to everyday life.

A physical challenge taught the importance of communication, of having a strong foundation, of using knowledge, of learning from mistakes, keeping balance and celebrating victories, she said.

Mind, body and spirit all have a role in wellness, and rest is a big part of it, she said.

Crozier displayed a wheel-shaped chart based off a concept motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used in presentations.

At the center of her wheel was God. The spokes represented family, social, career, physical, spiritual, mental/emotional and financial life. Encircling the wheel was sleep.

"We have to help our employees with all these aspects, not just BMI (body mass index), not just smoking," Crozier said. "Wellness is all of this."

It is about a culture change in the workplace, she said.

Dave Ryan, executive director of the Lakeshore Chamber, said the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is bringing changes to the workplace.

"We have to think more about wellness," he said.

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