Take Your Break: May 21-June 17

Employees are encouraged to take a few minutes each day to get away from their desks or work spaces and enjoy the benefits of taking a break during the workday. Why? They average person is sitting (aka average) for 12 hours a day.
This 4-week challenge will motivate you to give yourself permission to use your breaks and do something great for your health and well-being. Incorporate small bursts of healthy activity into your workday to help rejuvenate, refocus and recharge. Everyone is encouraged to partake – whether you're active. sedentary, or stressed – we can all benefit by taking breaks. Plus Mayo Clinic policy approves breaks, so let's make the most of them!
REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGE:
If you had participated in previous Well-Being challenges you are automatically enrolled in the Take Your Break challenge and will start receiving emails once it starts.
If you are new to Well-Being Challenges or want to share this awesome experience with a co-worker, copy and paste this link: http://bit.ly/TakeYourBreak in your browser to register to receive weekly emails for the Take Your Break challenge.

Each day make it a point to utilize your break. Do something different to shake it up.
You will receive email reminders during the program to take your break. A puzzle piece will be included with each email. At the completion of the program the puzzle pieces will reveal a picture to help you enjoy the summer.

By making simple lifestyle changes you can experience a great number of attainable benefits to your health. You've got this!

We want to see and hear what you are doing while on your break so be sure to post pictures and comment on what you are doing to take advantage of your breaks. So use the comments section below!!! 🙂

Nice stroll outside in Rochester to take a breather and enjoy the warmth!

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Lunch outside today enjoying the sunshine and breeze. I went old school with a PB & J. 🙂

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@amandab

Lunch outside today enjoying the sunshine and breeze. I went old school with a PB & J. 🙂

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Thank you for posting Amanda! Nothing like a good old PB&J. Sounds fantastic!

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@amandab

Lunch outside today enjoying the sunshine and breeze. I went old school with a PB & J. 🙂

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YUMMY! My fav!

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I have been enjoying taking a break at work with some great outdoor quick walks. I took a break from doing the dishes at home yesterday with my kids to play some basketball! It was so worth it! Still got the dishes done but it was fun to join them for some impromptu b-ball!

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During lunch today, I got a punch on my tracking card for the first Walking Wednesday in Rochester.

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My view at lunch yesterday/everyday. There were probably 50 geese along the shore while I ate. I love watching the baby geese grow up.

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I got my Take a Break Challenge email today. I got a kick out of one of the tips for increasing my daily activity levels at home – Park further away to get a few extra steps at the grocery store.

For years I have given my husband grief for parking as far away from any store possible to prevent door dings on our vehicle (he has a reputation for this and we love teasing him). I guess the joke is on me. I should have been thanking him for increasing my activity level. 🙂

Thanks for these great tips and challenges! It has me thinking differently!

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I'm posting this on behalf of our HR department; they gave me permission! I took this photo when I joined them for a walking break a few weeks ago. The department has made it a good-weather routine to post a walk reminder on their Well Space three times per week.

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Yesterday's Take Your Break/Walking Wednesday combo took us past the lovely St. Rose Convent, which is actually barely a block away from our main campus in La Crosse. We are fortunate to have such beautiful sights nearby—easily accessible by even a short walk.

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@rhondaz

My view at lunch yesterday/everyday. There were probably 50 geese along the shore while I ate. I love watching the baby geese grow up.

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That would be a great thing to see everyday! Thank you for sharing!

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Very cool! Thanks Anne!

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