The fifth annual I THRIVE 5K Family Fun Day will be a day of celebration Oct.16 at Zoo Miami, from 7 a.m. to noon. Serious 5K competitors will race at 7 a.m. The fun run with general racers starts at 7:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available at Camel Corner. The Awards Ceremony takes place at 9:30 a.m. on stage.
Yoga for all levels will be available at 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. You can also enjoy music and a chair massage throughout the day.
Miami-Dade's pink fleet of vehicles will be there to welcome you to the event. Check out the tough trucks, buses and emergency vehicles that represent our support for the fight against breast cancer and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign.
There will be rock climbing, an obstacle course and giveaways, along with other surprises.
The Dade County Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a scavenger hunt with a $200 grand prize.
Come kick off your shoes and try out the Activity Zone.
Registration is required by Sept. 4 so that you can pick up the Race Day packet which includes your bib and t-shirt in advance. Anyone who registers after that date will not be guaranteed their requested t-shirt size. No tickets will be available on event day.
All participants must register for this event. Tickets are $5 and admission includes zoo access between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Register now.
Many thanks to our WellnessWorks team, wellness liaisons and all the sponsors and volunteers who will make the ITHRIVE 5K Family Fun Day a success.
Get Fit for Fall
Step up your activity before fall rolls in by participating in the Get Fit for Fall steps challenge. WellnessWorks challenges AvMed members to walk 200,000 steps Aug. 1 to 28. Sign up on HealthyRoads beginning July 26.
- AvMed members visit HealthyRoads
- Log in to your account
- Select ''Challenges''
- Select ''Get Fit for Fall Challenge''
Once logged in, select the ''My Health'' tab at the top of the page, followed by ''Connected!''
Your participation in this step challenge gets you a free FitBit Flex 2, while supplies last. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete the challenge to earn 25 points towards the 75-point goal for the quarter. Earn 75 points a quarter for a chance to win one of many $250 wellness rewards. These prizes are subject to payroll taxes.
The Biggest Winner Challenge
The Biggest Winner Challenge is back with a twist from previous challenges. This challenge focuses on fat loss and lean muscle mass gain, which positively impacts you with long-term health benefits. The WellnessWorks team wants you to succeed in your own personal goals over the duration the challenge.
We will be scheduling two full-day visits at all designated site locations in a two-week span at the beginning, middle and end of the challenge. Locations are being determined. The goal of the initial assessments will be to get a baseline for you so you can start the challenge.
The Bodimetrix UltraSound system, a noninvasive easy to use tool that is completed in five to 10 minutes, will be used to assesses your body composition (total fat mass and total lean muscle mass), height and weight measurements. The ultrasound will utilize a standard three to four sites, or one site. Those that choose the three or four site test may come in their work attire and change into athletic attire to access the specific sites:
- Men - chest, abdomen, thigh
- Women - tricep, hip, abdomen and thigh
If participants are unable to change we can complete a one site bicep measurement. The choice depends entirely on your comfort level, and privacy is of the utmost importance.
The challenge will run for 12 weeks. There will be an optional midpoint assessment and a mandatory final week assessment. The midpoint assessment, though not mandatory, is highly recommend as a checkpoint for you or your team to ensure that progress is being made. The midpoint assessment also allows for a re-evaluation of a game plan to guarantee the final six weeks will be a success.
Teams can consist of six to 20 people. There can be as many teams as your department has participants. If your department does not have enough participants to form one team at the location site, you may utilize other participants near your location to join your team. The DPR wellness liaison can assign a team captain if they wish to designate per team. Once you have collected enough employees for your team, send your participant list and team name to your DPR so they can email it to email@example.com.
The challenge is both an individual challenge and team challenge. The individual challenge will be designated by location and Countywide. The team challenge will only be Countywide. The person who wins in each category (fat loss percentage and muscle gain percentage) for each location will win the $250 incentive.The individual who wins Countywide for each category (fat loss percentage and muscle gain percentage) will win a $500 prize (250 location winner, 250 grand prize). The team that wins each category overall Countywide will be crowned the Biggest Winner Team and will receive a team trophy. Each team member will receive a WellnessWorks mega swag bag. All participants will also receive free wellness and nutrition coaching throughout the challenge, incentives at the assessments, and 25 points for completing the challenge that will go toward their 75 points for the quarterly $250 raffle.
The individuals and team members that win will also receive one year of health coaching and body composition testing at no cost and, if they maintain the success or continue to improve from this year to next year, will earn a mystery prize from the WellnessWorks team for their yearlong hard work.
WellTalks are wellness talks provided by our EAP team. Find mental health tips, coping strategies, meditations and short videos dedicated to improving and maintaining your emotional wellness.
Wellness On Demand
WellnessWorks has created Wellness on Demand, a Microsoft Stream Channel for you to access wellness videos on exercise, stretching, meditation and wellness tips.
Self-Care Webinar Series
WellnessWorks is hosting a Self-Care Webinar Series during the week at noon. AvMed health coaches and special guests will be presenting a short 15 to 20 minute webinar on self-care topics. You will even have a chance to ask questions during the Q&A.
Register for the webinars you are interested in and take care of yourself during these trying times. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar.
To watch past videos of this series, visit Wellness on Demand.
Let wellness come to you with health coaching. Health coaching is available by telephone or email. Specialties include:
- Stress management
- Weight management
- Nutrition education
- Smoking cessation
- Healthy lifestyle & behavior modification
- Disease prevention/management
- Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol
- Meal planning
Coaching sessions are private. Our coaches are HIPAA-Certified and ensure that all information remains completely confidential. No personal health information is shared with Miami-Dade County.
- Jalessa McCathen, MPH
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Lara Benezra, MS, ACSM
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
- Jacqueline Lopez, RD, LD/N
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Coaching upon referral
Get moving and remain active this year with Active & Fit. This program is exclusive to AvMed members. To learn more visit AvMed website and select Health and Wellness.