The Oakland Schools Wellbeing Committee has officially made it easier for employees to get more physical exercise in during the workday.
The committee recently launched its Fit Friendly Workplace Program where a variety of exercise equipment materials are now available for employees to check out from the Oakland Schools Library located on the first floor of the main campus building. Employees must present their OS library card to check out any items.
The items are: two stability ball chairs, two stability disks, two elliptical trainers, two balance ball chairs, two upright foldable desk bikes, two mini exercise bikes, one foldable underdesk bike and two workstation treadmills that are coming soon.
“The intent is to give employees an opportunity to try something and if they like it, maybe it’s something they will try on their own,” explained Stephanie Mattei.
The idea to launch the fit friendly equipment came after the Wellbeing Committee conducted a survey of OS employees in 2016.
“The response was our employees had the highest interest for items related to physical wellbeing,” said Mattei. “We’ve already done many events surrounding this idea, but, we decided to take this feedback a step further.”
Fit Friendly Workplace Program will be piloted at the main campus for the 2018-2019 school year with expansion to additional sites in the future.
The items were purchased through wellbeing funds available through OS’ former contract with Ulliance.