The Communication Corner: Creating a Wellness Group!

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The Communication Corner: Creating a Wellness Group!


Pamela Rowe, Speech and Music Therapy has created a Company-wide Wellness Group using the Fitbit Fitness and Health Technology.  Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP started this program to help support a healthy lifestyle for the employees, which will help to serve the community as a whole.  The fitbit is the device we picked to help tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.  Fitbit has a few different models to choose from which include the Zip, Flex, and One. We have been using the fitbit zip for healthy competition between co workers.  By joining the group online, you are able to see the members step count for the month.  It’s the motivation you need to get out and be more active.

The zip is the smaller wireless tracker. It’s able to sync stats to the computer and select smartphones.  It also encourages you to set goals and challenge friends. The zip is easy to wear while it tracks steps, distance and calories burned.  Another device is the Flex. It’s a wireless wristband that tracks activity and sleep.  It helps to keep you motivated with real stats right on your wrist.  The flex can also be worn at night to track your sleep and number of times you wake up, so you can sleep more soundly.  The Flex has a silent wake alarm that vibrates to wake you up.  The last device they offer is called the One, it’s a wireless activity and sleep tracker.  This device never sleeps.  During the day it tracks steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed. At night it tracks your sleep quality, helps you sleep more soundly, and wakes you up with a vibrating alarm.  Fitbit offers a lot of different devices to turn everyday life into a social, achievable, awesome path to fitness.

The online wellness program for the fitbit  works great and is very simple to navigate. You just sync your device to your computer or smartphone.  The whole process is done wirelessly. When I started the program, I just opened the app on my phone and it automatically syncs when you tap the fitbit.  When you log on to your fitbit dashboard, you can see your step count, calories, distance and active minutes for the day. If your apart of a group, you can see everyones stats and see how you compare.  The visual chart helps to motivate you to reach goals and challenge friends.

Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director of Pamela Rowe, Speech Therapy says, “As a Business Owner, I find that Wellness Program is unique. It combines social media with wellness which is a great fit for today’s active professional.  It raises Team morale and instills a healthy lifestyle, not to mention a healthy competitive spirit.”  The fitbit is a great device to show activity during your day and motivate you to a healthier lifestyle.

About the Author:

I enjoy being being an SLP-A because I like working with kids and seeing improvements in their Speech and Language through therapy.

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