For most, the approach of spring is synonymous with renewed energy and the desire to refresh. Time to clean out the old and bring in the new – especially when it comes to the habits that comprise 40 percent of our waking hours. Now that a few months have passed since we made those New Year’s resolutions, it’s a good time to re-evaluate the health and wellness habits that don’t serve and replace them with more positive behavior.
BlueChip by BlueBack Health was launched with the goal of teaching participants how to create sustainable habits that result in more productive work environments filled with employees living happier, healthier and fulfilled lives at work and at home.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about developing health habits with our launch of BlueChip, here is what most people want to know!
Q: Why does BlueChip focus on habit formation vs. typical fitness measures such as weight loss and diet?
A: We’re creating sustainable lifestyle changes.
When people set out to improve their health, they often think of restricting behaviors or making extreme changes – like kale smoothie diets or intense daily workouts. Unfortunately, this approach isn’t sustainable and usually results in discouragement.
“On average, 80% of employees try to make a healthy change each year, but less than 20% will be successful. We want to break this pattern of starts and stops.”
BlueChip helps make change realistic and attainable by focusing on habits – the small, repetitive actions that are the sum of our overall well-being. It teaches participants how their current habits contribute to their overall health and wellness and helps them create gradual sustainable lifestyle changes.
Q: Is it easier to change bad habits or form new positive habits?
A: Forming new positive habits is a more motivating and attainable approach to change.
Think about someone who says, “I need to quit smoking.” This statement alone is overwhelming and lacks an actionable path to the end goal. A more proactive and attainable mindset is, “I am building a habit of becoming tobacco free.” If someone truly believes that they can create this new habit, they can start small to reach their goal towards wellness – such as going tobacco free one day per week and building from there.
We give participants the tools, education and support to be successful. BlueChip also offers the social motivation of competitions and challenges to influence personal perseverance. In fact, we would love to hear about successes or challenges that people have encountered on their journey to building healthy new habits on our Facebook page! Please share here!
Q: How does BlueChip affect change for employees?
A: For employees, BlueChip is about building better habits.
We foster participant engagement through a community approach with consistent program communication via email, text, community events, social media and blogs.
In addition, BlueChip helps create a culture of health and wellness that benefits both employers and employees.
Q. How can employers and employees learn more the impact of positive habits and BlueChip?
A: If you’re not yet part of Team BlueChip, contact us via email or phone (860-218-9474) to learn more today!
For more information on how to build #healthyhabits, download the book 21 Habits written by Tad Mitchell and Michael Guercio of Wellright.