Employees at Northwest Community Action Partnership took a few steps forward with their health initiatives last week.
The organization was awarded a TrekDesk from the Panhandle Public Health District’s (PPHD) Worksite Wellness Council for participation in the National Walk at Lunch Day earlier this spring. The desk was delivered and installed last week and employees were quick to jump on and give it a try.
The TrekDesk is a treadmill with a work surface placed over it and allows employees to check email, take online training or complete other tasks while walking, said Karen Eisenbarth, NCAP director.
“So much of our work is sedentary. This is going to be nice to get a little exercise and continue to work,” she said.
The TrekDesk will also be available for employees to use before and after work or on their lunch breaks. Approximately 15 NCAP workers took part in the Walk at Lunch Day program.
NCAP has been a member of Panhandle Public Health District’s worksite wellness program for a couple of years and has seen measurable improvements in the health of its employees, Eisenbarth said. Employees have lost weight, have noticeable improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure levels and are better able to cope with stress. Better health leads to less absenteeism and increased productivity, she said.
Betsy Diehl was one of the first employees to test the TrekDesk and said it was easy to use while still reviewing her email from a laptop on the work surface.
Jessica Davies, the wellness coordinator for Panhandle Public Health, said they recommend employees not exceed 2.5 miles per hour while utilizing the TrekDesk, but they can include an incline for more of a workout. NCAP is the fourth site to receive a TrekDesk in the Panhandle Public Health District. Box Butte General Hospital, the Panhandle Co-op and the PPHD offices all have one.