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Healthification has Mercy workers Jumping
Healthification has Mercy workers Jumping

Hot Springs, Ark. -- Health·i·fi·ca-tion – verb 1. The process of getting your health groove on. 2. The act of transforming oneself from an unhealthy being into a totally, physically fit specimen.

Healthification is designed to encourage well-balanced, healthier lifestyles through nutrition, physical activity, emotional and spiritual wellness, and smoking cessation.

The initiative, recently introduced by the Sisters of Mercy Health System, has reached a fever pitch with the approach of National Employee Health and Fitness Day May 18 and the release of a promotional rap video. Performed by rapper M.C. Spookytooth (Hot Springs attorney Brent Miller), the video features Mercy co-workers – from surgical techs to radiologists – performing jumping jacks in preparation for the Mercy Million.

The video has been seen by more than 5,000 people on YouTube and other places on the Internet. Watch it by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAuxu4jyMFQ.

And get more Healthification and jumping jacks info by going to:  http://www.mercy.net/jumpingjacks.

“The idea behind the Mercy Million is not only to get people moving but also remind us that exercise can be fun, especially when we do it together,” said Vik Khanna, Mercy’s executive director of health and wellness. “We chose jumping jacks because most Americans learn them as a child. They can also be modified so anyone with limited mobility can still participate. Just think, fitness legend Jack LaLanne did jumping jacks for years and lived to be 96.”

The jumping jack challenge will feature 38,000 co-workers across the four-state region attempting to achieve one of the largest one-day fitness activities at work, all in an effort to get people moving.

“By enabling our co-workers to be better stewards of their most precious personal resource, their bodies, we can collectively become a stronger, more productive workforce,” Khanna said. “We are at risk for serious health problems if we don’t get a handle on some of our unhealthy habits.”

While some co-workers may perform their jumping jacks in private, others will jump in unison in the St. Joseph’s Mercy cafeteria (Catherine’s Kitchen) at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.