What is your work schedule like? Are you on the go, moving around from one location to another, or are you relatively stationary, sitting in one spot for the majority of the day?
At VMware, we believe that it is important to integrate balance in our peoples’ work schedule so that each individual can grow professionally while focusing on his or her well-being. And it is because of this, that the American Heart Association recognized VMware as a 2013 Fit-Friendly Worksite.
Each year, the American Heart Association honors employers that go above and beyond to foster a healthy environment for their employees. Why, you ask? Well, it’s because heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, and physical inactivity doubles this risk. That’s pretty scary if you stop to think about it…but let’s keep moving and see why VMware was afforded this honor: Hear from our people too and see how VMware empowers us to live a balanced life!
1.) Health & Wellness Resources and Seminars
All VMware employees have access to the VMware Wellness Portal, a site that provides a wealth of educational resources including a personal health & wellness tracker, nutrition tips, the latest news from Mayo Clinic, and information on blood pressure and cholesterol readings.
VMware also hosts Wellness Lunch & Learns, a series of seminars either in person at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California, or by webinar throughout the year. One recent seminar, “Put a Lid on High Blood Pressure,” focused on the basics of a healthy blood pressure, the risks of high blood pressure, and tips for reducing blood pressure without medication.
“The Health & Wellness Program at VMware has been very inspiring. I’ve started tracking my portion sizes and it has made a big difference. After grocery shopping, I measure the appropriate portion size for the calories on the packages and store in snack baggies. –Paula, Senior Benefits Analyst
2.) State-of-the-Art Gyms
There’s nothing like going for a quick run, stretching in a yoga class or pumping some iron to find your center. Whatever your fancy, at VMware, our people can enjoy the vFIT program, two fitness centers located at VMware headquarters that provide a variety of fitness machines, workout classes including spinning, body sculpting, circuit training, Bollywood, Zumba, and more. Our soccer field and basketball / sports courts provide a team building environment available to all members. For sites without a gym, employees can use the gym reimbursement program.
3) Locally Sourced, Delicious Food
Deliciously prepared food is an important staple in our workplace community. Whether our people are enjoying a meal together while collaborating on a project, coming together during a holiday celebration such as Lunar New Year, or winding down the work week at a Friday Bash, food helps unite our dynamic and diverse community. Because of this, our Real Estate & Workplace team works tirelessly to provide a healthy variety of food options for our sites. Some of the most popular meals and snacks include: Smoked salmon salad with lemon-dill vinaigrette, Vital Vittles Tangy Ginger Cookies (Vegan), Honey Nut Bunch cereal, and Clover Strawberry yogurt.
“Club vFit is paramount to my aggressive fitness goals. With an up-to-date facility and an encouraging staff, I am always motivated for my workouts. And that sets the tone for my day, to be the best I can be, both in and out of my job.” – David, Sr. Admin Assistant
4.) Staying Fit as a Community
Have you heard of The Amazing Race, a reality television show in its 23rd season on CBS that takes teams across the globe to tackle a variety of challenges? The first team to make it to each “Pit Stop” wins a prize and the team to make it first to the final destination wins the race. Sounds like an adrenaline rush, right?
VMware decided to create its own spin on The Amazing Race. Each year, VMware people team up to work on their fitness goals while visiting virtual “Pit Stops” (i.e. our major office sites across the globe) on the VMware Wellness Portal. Employees log their fitness minutes in the physical activity tracker and the team with the highest exercise average wins the race. The Amazing Race at VMware is an opportunity for our people to come together as a community and learn about other office sites while achieving their individual fitness goals. Weekly raffle prizes, fun team names such as “Wii Not Fit”, and the encouragement from others make the event invaluable (and fun)!
Getting out from behind the desk to spend time outside is also important for our people. From green space and walking paths around VMware’s LEED certified headquarters to offsite events such as our Cambridge site’s service learning project with The Food Project in Massachusetts, our people see value in spending time outside.
“Can’t keep Colorado Springs or Colorado down. We have some amazing folks here. Twenty-two VMware employees participated in the annual Bike to Work Day, which is about 20 miles from the office to downtown Colorado Springs and back. NICE JOB Fitness with Altitude!!!”
-Trisha, Member of Fitness with Altitude from our 2013 Amazing Race Challenge
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