POCATELLO, Idaho (4/28/14)--By challenging employees to start living healthy lifestyles, Idaho State University FCU, Pocatello, made a positive effect on its workplace environment.
Robert Taylor, president/CEO of the $139 million-asset credit union, encouraged employees to get on the fitness bandwagon with a program called "Feel Great in 8."
By the time the eight weeks ended in March, the 25 participants lost a total of 153 pounds. Information Technology Manager Mike Carlton, who lost 37 pounds, said the program was all about keeping himself motivated.
Participants shared their goals and accomplishments through the social network app Yammer and tracked their calories and activity through MyFitnessPal.
Taylor insisted, "Yammer was one of the key parts to the success of the challenge. Being able to banter and ask questions within the company was extremely helpful for everyone."
He also said the program made him realize how many calories he consumed daily.
Taylor said the program was so effective that the credit union has launched a second round of the "Feel Great in 8" challenge.