The Better U Challenge is over and the winners are...

September 9, 2016


Almost 1,000 healthcare professionals took steps toward a healthier lifestyle over the summer by participating in the Better U Challenge. Participants completed a health needs risk assessment which told them where there was opportunity to improve their lifestyle to enjoy better quality health. Whether it is getting more exercise, eating healthier or finding ways to reduce stress and relax – we learned over the summer there are many ways we can all improve our health.

Now that the challenge has officially wrapped up, we’re very excited to announce this year’s grand prize winners.

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“We developed the Better U Challenge to encourage engagement in personal wellness with our plan members,” says Alana Shearer-Kleefeld, manager of employee benefits administration at 3sHealth. “This was a fun and easy way to set some wellness goals and win some fabulous prizes. The great thing about this initiative was that people could set a wellness goal that was personal to them, whether that was to lose weight, quit smoking, get more sleep or eat more veggies. Whatever step that participants took to help them live a healthier life was a positive step for them.

“The best part for me in all this was contacting all of the prize winners,” Alana said. “People were so excited to win! It was my best day at work ever!”

One of the people that Alana got in touch with was John Sanderson, who works as a detox attendant with Mamawetan-Churchill River. John won one of the grand prizes: a $250 Sobeys gift card.

“It was a great promotion you guys ran,” said John. “I really enjoyed the Facebook page and healthy food ideas. I myself have started to eat healthier and be more active.

John goes on to say: “Two years ago I was almost 400lbs and through eating right and exercise I have been able to drop my weight to 230, and still going strong. My family has helped me greatly, with encouragement and giving me time to be more active. Thanks again for the prize!

A total of 970 health system employees took part in this year’ challenge, more than double the number of people who participated the last time a similar campaign was run in the summer of 2007.

A big thank you to everyone who took part!


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