As data-driven fitness company, we spend most of our time measuring other people’s fitness. This time, we decided to measure our own wellness, so we calculated our team’s average Wellness Score. Here’s the full story.
Some initial background: The world is embracing a new culture of wellness.
Today, monitoring health has become a lifestyle. Whether it is by exercising regularly, tracking physical activity and diet, taking supplements or switching to organic products, this new culture of wellness is the new “norm” (1) (2). An increasing number of people use technology to make health an ongoing pursuit, and they do so because they want to be in control of their health.
The Wellness Score: Fitnescity’s new signature wellness test
As a personalized wellness company, we have recently introduced a new assessment called the Wellness Score. This assessment takes preventative health to a whole new level. It is designed with the goal of helping people become more aware of their own wellness and empowering them to make more informed decisions.
The Wellness Score is Fitnescity’s new signature assessment. The test is a deep dive into your wellness. It uses an algorithm to measure various aspects of your lifestyle, such as your physical activity, sleep, stress, emotional well-being, medical history, nutrition, water and alcohol consumption. The test is based on an extensive (10-15 min) questionnaire and grades all your answers using a proprietary, research-based algorithm. Your answers are scaled from 0 to 100, and each answer has a unique value that is used to calculate your overall score. The good thing is that you can’t really cheat on the test because, unlike other wellness tests or surveys, finding the perfect answer is not that easy. The Wellness Score will ask you to a lot of open-ended questions along with YES/NO’s, opinion scale and multiple choice questions. There are also a few tricky and unpredictable sections.
Once you complete the assessment, the Wellness Score will provide you with three types of results: an overall wellness score, a deep dive into each category and its score (history, physical activity, sleep, stress, emotions, nutrition, water and alcohol consumption), along with some feedback on each question.
The Wellness Score is available on a waitlist-only basis for anyone who wants to get a comprehensive, data-driven view of their wellness, and some actionable recommendations.
We were curious about how we were doing, so we calculated our team’s Wellness Score
At Fitnescity, we are all data enthusiasts, especially when it comes to our wellness. So we were naturally excited about this new assessment. Once we completed it, we spent the next few days discussing each other’s results. At the end, we decided to create a company Wellness Score. This is basically an average that shows our aggregate results, as if we were one single person.
Before we share the results, here’s some background on how we operate:
While we do work hard, we don’t necessarily believe in unsustainable hours and sky-high stress levels that most startup employees seem to be in nowadays. Although our work environment is demanding, we also value regeneration (and exercise!).
For instance, our company gives everyone a complimentary Equinox all-access membership, which they can use anytime during the day if they wish. We also host birthday and family celebrations with officemates (yes, we do eat cake!) and.. encourage everyone to take one of our various fitness tests.
We basically think of employees (and clients) as athletes; we believe that everyone should strive to optimize their overall performance using their unique data, and this includes physical activity, sleep, stress, emotional well-being and nutrition.
Out of 100, 71 was our Fitnescity average Wellness Score.
According to our Wellness Score, although we are maintaining our well-being through healthy eating, good water and alcohol consumption levels, and moderate exercise, we have to make further improvements. Looking at the score breakdown more thoughtfully, our team decided to come up with an action plan. For starters, we focused on improving two areas, water consumption and healthy eating― because why wouldn’t we score 100%? First, water intake. We realized that while we were constantly drinking coffee, tea or basically anything with caffeine to boost performance, we neglected drinking water. It is not because we don’t like water, but because we don’t think about water. To change that, we put up simple signs around the office, to remind ourselves that water, in fact, is number one step when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Second, nutrition. The test showed us that some of us were skipping breakfast quite often, not consuming enough fruits and calcium or indulging in foods that are high in saturated fat. In order to change that, we decided to get bulk orders of healthy snacks, such as RX bars, raw nuts, yogurt and fresh fruits to incorporate nutritious and balanced eating habits into our office lives. Lastly, to strengthen recovery, relationships, and mood, we started having morning yoga sessions in the office once a week.
The impact of healthy habits, such as adequate nutrition, active living, reduced stress and reasonable work hours, is well-documented. These factors inevitably impact personal well-being, work performance and employee engagement (4) (5) (6). As a data-driven company, we wanted to go a step further and see how well were doing as a team, and how we can further improve everyone’s well-being.
We will take the test again in two months and publish the results here. So stay tuned!
What is your company’s New Year’s resolution? Would you like to incorporate the Wellness Score into your current wellness program to keep things fresh, exciting and relevant to your team?