What's on Whanganui

Our vision is:

  • To educate and inspire, enhancing people's health and happiness
  • To encourage our fellow associates to 'Be Well', making nourishing choices for their mind, body and soul
  • To provide information that will help them along the way
  • To support them in their journey

Check out the resources below to learn more about we've been up to recently and how you can get involved in the future!

Our Newly expanded LOGO.  BeWELL - MIND, HEALTH & PLANET

ARE YOU READY?

I definitely am!!  I need to get myself sorted for the warmer months.  Which is why I am excited about the 8 WEEK CHALLENGE 2018 - Reset, Replenish, Revive.

Starting on the 17th of September (with testing being done the week before) be ready to get back on track and start to feel energized again. 

This year we have six fantastic mystery weekends away up for grabs.  It will run the same as last year with an additional few challenges for extra points.  Only one category - Individual this time around but you are welcome to set a goal with a friend or your shift mates. 

Get involved people!! Remember as I always say ‘you have got to be in to win’ and another goodie ‘what have you got to lose?’ It is free after all.  You never know it may be just the thing you need. 

So sign up and join me in this year’s 8 Week Challenge – Reset, Replenish, Revive. 

 

Health assessments

We are offering Health assessments again this year.  The lovely Sarah is onsite at the moment and has slots free.  If you would like an assessment please book a time on the clipboard in the BeWell corner.  She will be here until the 31st of August.

New Gym Partner

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered up with Club Fitness (the one by Rebel Sport).  They have given us a great deal on memberships.  This gym has 24 hour access which is essentially one of the main reasons we were keen to partner up with them.  Made sense really with our shift work.  One component I love is the app that they can put your program on.  So easy to use and no need to carry around a piece of paper.  Check out the poster in the BeWell corner for prices.

Plastic Free July ‘18’

How did you go?  I had done so much research going into this month that I was determined to change my ways.  Seriously, the more you learn about what plastic is doing our world the more you realise we have to make changes.  It wasn’t without its challenges.  The rubbish bin liner thing was an adjustment lol.  Thank you to all those who gave it a shot.

Congratulations to the winners of the competition

Sam Ryan & Hailey Rogan

Below are the answers to the comp.

  •  Kiwis currently use 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags a year, which is enough plastic bags to smother the entire country twice over. That's about 350 plastic bags for each Kiwi, every year.
  • On average a plastic bag is used for 12 minutes and each one takes 1000 years to break down
  • Kenya’s ban was the toughest in the world – producing, selling or using plastic bags could result in imprisonment of up to four years or up to $56,000 in fines. 
  • It was one of 40 countries like France and Italy that had banned, partially banned or put taxes on plastic bags.

National Give Something Away Day (which lasted a week )

I would like to think from the constant changing of items on the table this idea was a success. One of my personal favourite items was the half used thread tape. (Thanks Technical Team) I noticed it didn’t stay long so it was obviously a good find for someone bahaha.   In all seriousness, I love the idea of this!!  Giving and receiving – both feel good.  And it didn’t cost a cent.  Gotta love that

 

Well team I have rambled enough, thanks for tuning in

Until next time

Kirsty

 

 

It's PLASTIC FREE JULY

Challenge yourself

For the month of July try not to use Single-use plastic. 

  • Tuesday 1 July marks the beginning of Plastic Free July. The challenge this month is to refuse all single-use plastic. We take a closer look at single-use plastics, the challenges around their use, and the alternatives.
  • ‘Single-use plastic’ includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, coffee cup lids and plastic packaging – anything that is intended to be used once and then discarded.
  • Ministry for the Environment statistics estimate that New Zealanders send approximately 200,000 tonnes of plastic to landfill every year, roughly half of which is packaging.
  • One of the issues with using plastic for single use items is that it never biodegrades. Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated, every piece of plastic ever produced still exists somewhere on earth.
  • The discussion about plastic and the circular economy has become mainstream in many parts of the world. In addition to the mantra “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” we often hear Redesign, Refuse, Recover, Repair, Rethink, Respect, Restore, which shows that globally, people are looking for alternatives to single use plastics and disposable items..
  • If all single-use plastic sounds a bit daunting, you could try refusing the ‘Big Four’ single-use plastic items, which are plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic straws and plastic containers

The guidelines for the challenge are:

  1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
  2. Remember it’s not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition, so don’t worry about being perfect.
  3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep it in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
  4. It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose, it will still make a contribution.

4 INTERESTING FACTS

  • Kiwis currently use 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags a year, which is enough plastic bags to smother the entire country twice over. That's about 350 plastic bags for each Kiwi, every year.
  • On average a plastic bag is used for 12 minutes and each one takes 1000 years to break down
  • Kenya’s ban was the toughest in the world – producing, selling or using plastic bags could result in imprisonment of up to four years or up to $56,000 in fines. 
  • It was one of 40 countries like France and Italy that had banned, partially banned or put taxes on plastic bags.

 

Hello there fellow Mars Associates,

  Hope you are adjusting to this colder weather.  Winter can be a time of colds

and flu’s,wind and rain.  This can have us feeling a little low at times. 

To help combat the ‘Winter Blues’  check out the BeWELL corner.

 It is full of information to get you through

If you have any ideas of things to cheer us up over Winter be sure to let me know!

TEAMS CHALLENGE FINAL

CONGRATULATIONS KAURI SHIFT FOR TAKING OUT THIS EVENT FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW!!!

  Finals night at the Wanganui East Club was a blast!!  Loads of laughter combined with some fierce but friendly competition made for a very successful evening.  Thank you to all those who came along and either participated or supported.  Your superb energy and enthusiasm made this event! What wonderful associates we have here at Mars!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are well into another busy year (2018).  It amazes me how fast time passes. 

More often than not we get caught up in the whirlwind called life.  Rushing here and there, getting 'things' done, making time for this and that.  Its easy to forget something as simple as making sure you enjoy the crazy moments of each day, finding time to have a good laugh along the way.  The article below is about the Importance of Laughter.  It is also in the BeWell corner on site.  Take a moment to have a read.  I'm sure it is a great reminder for most of us :-)

 

LAUGHTER - why is it important?

Children laugh easily and often but as we get older, adults may forget to make room for laughter in their daily lives.

Babies begin to smile during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if laughter was not a common sound in your childhood you can learn to laugh at any stage of life. Much like the importance to eat a variety of vegetables and the need to exercise regularly, we should all try to achieve 15 to 20 minutes of laughter a day. The more you get used to laughing each day, the less effort you’ll have to make.

Fascinating facts about laughter

Laughing can burn calories – although you would need to laugh for an hour or more to burn 10-40 calories

Laughter is contagious: They say “laugh and the whole world laughs with you” The sound of laughter triggers regions in the premotor cortical region of your brain

Laughter has a wealth of physiological, psychological, social, spiritual and quality-of-life benefits

A little laugher can go a long way . . . . .

Laughter can improve

  1. Your blood pressure
  2. Enhancing oxygen intake
  3. Easing digestion
  4. Improving your sleep
  5. Boosting your immunity
  6. Relaxing your muscles
  7. Improves well-being and positive emotions
  8. Enhancing creativity and memory

How to bring more laughter into your life:

Instead of looking down at your phone, look up and smile at people as you pass in the street, the person serving you a morning coffee, or the colleague you share a lift with. Notice the difference when you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing - practice smiling.

Spend time with fun and playful people, these are people who laugh easily both at themselves and at life’s absurdities and who routinely find the humour in everyday events.

 Ask your friends, family and co-workers, what’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week?
 

 Laughter brings people together and strengthens relationships

You are more likely to laugh around other people than when you’re alone. The more laughter you bring into your life, the happier you and those around you will feel.

Sharing humour is half the fun – most laughter doesn’t come from hearing jokes, but rather simply spending time with friends and family. When you care about someone enough to switch off your phone and really connect, you’re engaging in a process that rebalances the nervous system and puts the brakes on defensive stress responses like “fight or flight.” If you share a laugh as well, you’ll both feel happier, more positive and relaxed.

Adding humour is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements and hurts. Humour and laughter can unite people during difficult times. You can learn to use humour to smooth over disagreements, lower everyone’s stress level, and communicate in a way that builds up your relationships rather than breaking them down.

Emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds and sharing laughter also adds resilience, vitality and joy. Sharing laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting.

 

Learn to not take yourself too seriously and laugh at your own mistakes and foibles

When you become the “problem” and take yourself too seriously, it can be hard to think outside the box and find new solutions. As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we all do foolish things from time to time.

Instead of feeling embarrassed or defensive, embrace your imperfections. Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up.

Frame a photo of you and your family or friends having fun.

If you hear of a funny story or something amusing happens that you like, write it down or tell it to someone else to help you remember it.

 

Don’t dwell on the negative: Try to avoid negative people and don’t dwell on sad news stories, entertainment or conversations that make you sad or unhappy. Many things in life are beyond your control – particularly the behaviour of other people. While you might think taking the weight of the world on your shoulders is admirable, in the long run it’s unrealistic and unhealthy.

Deal with your stress: Stress can be a major impediment to humour and laughter, so it’s important to get your stress levels in check. Try to draw upon a favourite memory that makes you smile or something your children did or something funny a friend told you.

Count your blessings: Make a list, simple acts of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humour and laughter. When you’re in a state of sadness, you have further to travel to get to humour and laughter.

Living a life of positive thinking and laughter: This is bound to have you feeling happier and more successful throughout your day-to-day routine. One of the first things you’ll want to do in developing your “happy habit” is to change the way you look at things in your life. It’s important to keep a realistic view about things that happen in your life and your attitude about setbacks can make a big difference. Having a sense of humour can empower you and instead of making a bad situation worse, a sense of humour can help you overcome any negative emotions and get you in the frame of mind to solve whatever problem is at hand.

Try achieving happiness by incorporating a good attitude and a sense of humour in your life by: visualising goals and maintaining the right attitude.

Start today . . .

Don’t go a day without laughing
 

Hi Team, well here we are at the (nearly) end of another fantastic year.  On the BE WELL front it’s been a busy one, which is great!!  From The Masters games fun to the Teams Challenge hilarities, the all-important Health Assessments to the 8 Week Challenge successes.  The shifts have also rolled out some great wellbeing initiatives.  Pedal for Plunket and Steptember are two that come to mind.  A big thank you to all those who played a part in making the shift run events successful.  It is great to see you all getting on board with the Be Well brand. 

STEPTEMBER FOR CELEBRAL PALSY

Total site steps – 17,203,505

Kauri 1 came in first with a grand total of 2,346,790, closely followed by Matai 1 with 2,218,824

The site raised $938.  Matai raised the most at $550 followed by Kauri at $228.

Well done to all those who took part.  It certainly makes you go the extra mile when you start counting your steps that’s for sure!

8 WEEK CHALLENGE 2017

This year saw a slightly different format, with two levels and two options to choose from.  We had an increase in associates signing up which is awesome! The biggie for us was hearing that people were actually living healthier lives.  They had developed new habits and rather than having to write in their food journal they were just living it.  We LOVED this!!!! It’s essentially what it is all about.

Thank you to all those who took part this year.  We hope you all got something out of it that you will continue to implement into your everyday lives.

Individual awards – Tracy Wells, Deog Kim, Suzanne Guilford, Peter Crown, Scott Severinsen, Berlynda Rangihaeata

Pairs awards – Jon Livesey & David Bloomfield, Sammi-Jo Ruki & Piki Tanirau, Jane Jeffares & Rory Dunn

THE OUTSIDE AREA

With January 2018 being the start of a smoke free work place we are keen to spruce up the outside area to make it one combined space.  Plans are underway so watch the space!!

 

2017 went so much faster than expected!! It only feels like a few months ago we did our years plan.  When we look back at what we have rolled out this year and how it has gone it brings a smile.  We are thoroughly looking forward to what 2018 will bring and the new endeavours BE WELL will embark on.  We hope you are looking forward to it as well.

Merry Christmas to you all and a happy, safe and dare we say a relatively healthy New Year J  A few treats are a must though!!!  After all it is all about balance J

Enjoy spending time with your family and friends over the festive season.

Until next time, BE WELL  Kirsty & Rose


Other announcements:


SMOKE FREE

Mars Petcare Whanganui will be Smoke Free from 1 January 2018.


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: INSPIRE

We partner with Whanganui Inspire Health and Fitness Centre to offer our associates free health assessments and discounted gym membership rates. Check out the Inspire Website to learn more.


Got a question?

Email Kirsty Rhodes.


What does wellbeing mean to you?


Barry - Wodonga
Work life balance, family first, fit and active