Refresh from Stress Helps Emory Employees Start New Year Refreshed

Refresh from Stress Helps Emory Employees Start New Year Refreshed

This past November, Emory employees had the opportunity to participate in an innovative new emotional health program for Emory employees – Refresh from Stress: 30-Day Inspiration (RFS). The first enterprise-wide stress management program of its kind at Emory, the program offered daily activities that participants could follow to increase their self-care skills and enhance their emotional well-being. RFS was sponsored by the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, in partnership with Healthy Emory.

More than 3,000 people registered for the program, which offered self-care strategies that participants could easily use in their daily activities.  Eighty-seven (87) percent of the respondents who participated in a follow-up survey reported the program helped them better manage stress, with these being the “most helpful” activities: sleeping at least 7 hours, increasing physical activity, eating a healthy meal, silently reflecting, and taking a laughter break. Two other simple, yet impactful activities - sharing a smile and complimenting others – were among the most frequently completed activities. Grand prize winner Janet Watson reports that even after the 30-Day Inspiration was over, she continues to use the exercises on a daily basis.

If you were unable to participate in the program, you can still access a copy of the calendar with descriptions of each daily activity:

2016 Refresh from Stress Winners

During the first half of the challenge, participants who completed 13 of the 15 daily activities were entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Whole Foods. At the end of the challenge, participants who completed at least 26 of the 30 daily activities were entered into a drawing for a 1-hour massage at any Spa Sydell location. Those who completed all 30 activities were entered into a grand prize drawing for four tickets to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights exhibits and $100 towards dinner at Linton’s Restaurant or a Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet.

Mid-Month Winners ($25 gift card to Whole Foods)

- Gabriella Castillo, Veterinary Technician II, Yerkes Main Station

- Kate Naylor, Program Coordinator, DAR: Development Programs, Michael C. Carlos Museum

- Magdalene Yonker, Mental Health Case Manager & Wellness Program Coordinator, School of Medicine Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Final Winners

- Winners of one-hour massages: Linda Wells, RN, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Emory Healthcare and Jody Hayles, Zone Supervisor, Campus Services – Facilities Management, Emory University

- Grand Prize Winner of a Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet: Janet Watson, Senior Accounting Assistant, Finance Department, Emory Johns Creek Hospital

In addition, Susan Shiver, Senior Medical Secretary, Internal Medicine: Rheumatology, Emory Clinic, received a $25 Amazon gift card as part of a drawing for everyone who participated in the RFS survey.