“Broadway Bank is committed to creating a culture of wellness, and we believe one of the easiest ways to do this is by encouraging our employees to walk,” explained Carlos Torres, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Wellness Officer at Broadway Bank. “By partnering with Walkingspree, we can engage, energize, and empower our employees to integrate fitness into each day.”
Has Torres’ commitment to wellness been a success? Let’s look at the numbers from 2013. Enrollment in the Walkingspree program is at 58% and rising. Members walked over 277 million steps last year. That’s four and a half trips around the Earth! With members averaging 7,500 steps a day, members have moved from sedentary to active. Mission accomplished!
To keep the Walkingspree corporate wellness program fresh and exciting, some new features for 2014 have debuted, such as badges and a creative challenge. Badges can be earned in different categories, ranging from healthy eating habits to weight loss and weight monitoring to activity and step habits.
Also, Walkingspree customized a virtual walk for the company, where members have the opportunity to walk the Broadway Bank branches in San Antonio all the way to Austin, Texas as part of a yearlong challenge. Every branch is a landmark and when landmarks are reached, the member can see the history of that particular branch. This virtual walk not only encourages members to walk and be healthy, but it fosters company among employees as well.
Broadway Bank and Walkingspree’s partnership plays a vital role in advancing San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro’s mission to get San Antonio moving. Last year, Mayor Castro implemented the Mayor’s Fitness Council (MFC) with a goal to transform the city into the most active community in the nation. Like Walkingspree, the MFC supports a combination of physical activity and nutrition education.