How Fit is Your Business?
By David Cordero
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce has challenged its members to the three-month Healthy Business Challenge. Collaborating with Intermountain LiVe Well Center in St. George, the Healthy Business Challenge provides the opportunity for participants to kick off 2018 with a fresh start to their health and fitness. While there are many facets to this campaign, the idea is simple. Businesses with strong, healthy employees tend to miss less work, be more productive while at work, and convey a better image of their company to the outside world. The Healthy Business Challenge is attractive for anyone who is looking for support, education, a plan for improvement, and an increased sense of wellbeing. Weekly Saturday events and monthly nutritional lectures provide opportunities for people to increase their knowledge and strength. At the end of the challenge, during the April 4 Chamber Inspiration Lunch, winners will be announced for the following participants:
- Those who lost the most amount of weight
- Lost the most fat mass
- Gained the most muscle
- The business that did the best collectively
Although the contest lasts just three months, the healthy business theme carries on throughout the year. The Chamber hosts a spring and fall golf league. With 12 picturesque golf courses in Southern Utah and several others that are less than an hour away, golf and business go hand in hand. Golf isn’t merely a leisure sport. It’s a networking opportunity of the modern workforce, a fluid venue where connections are developed and business gets done.
In addition to the joy of being outdoors and connecting with other business professionals, studies show that exercising with others in the fresh air can help you stay calmer and help combat the stresses of work life. Golf can help you get active, stay in shape, lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Thus, research shows it may help you live longer.
The Chamber’s spring league lasts during peak season of March-June and teams travel weekly to a different City of St. George course, playing 9-holes with a different golf team each week. The fall golf league goes from September to November at Washington City’s Green Springs Golf Course, with their signature holes 5 and 6 that have golfers shooting (and sometimes cursing) across red rock ravines, all set against the stunning backdrop of Pine Valley Mountain.
During the summer months when it’s too hot for outdoor recreation, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Dixie Regional Medical Center and Southwest Utah Public Health Department, recognize restaurants that offered healthy entrée options by awarding them the “Good For You Dixie” seal of approval. In addition to encouraging members to eat healthier, the program conveys the importance of supporting local restaurants and eateries during the non-peak tourist season.
Consider Chamber membership a part of an overall fitness plan for your business. By becoming a member you enjoy the camaraderie of other folks seeking growth in their business. Your business will also be exposed to more potential clients because of your landing page on our website, which attracts more than 300,000 unique visitors per year. Add in free advertising to our member to member newsletter, free ribbon cuttings, a listing in our annual Area Guide, and so much more. It makes sense to get your business in the best shape possible with the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
Make the easy decision and go to www.joinchamber.com today and take an important step in improving your business’ wellbeing.