Baltimore, MD | Following a week of mindfulness and fitness, Mindgrub’s second annual Wellness Week has come to a close. Mindgrub employees acquired useful tips for a healthier lifestyle while raising $2,000 in donations.
From June 14-18, Mindgrub held daily activities, both in-person and virtual, for everyone regardless of fitness level. The classes ranged from practicing mindfulness to healthy eating habits to full-body fitness.
At the start, Mindgrubbers downloaded the Givhero app to track their activity throughout the week. Each participant had a goal of 3,500 steps a day and each time they met it, Mindgrub donated $10 to two nonprofits:
- BARCS: Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center, BARCS grants refuge to every animal that comes through its door.
- UMB CURE Scholars Program: a year-round pipeline program that prepares sixth-12th grade students in West Baltimore for competitive and rewarding research, STEM, and healthcare career opportunities.
“I'm proud to work for a company where the CEO makes the team's wellness a priority," says Kim Paradise, Mindgrub’s Chief of Staff and one of Wellness Week’s planners. “Sometimes a kick-start of a new healthy behavior can change the trajectory of a person's life and can keep employees motivated and engaged.”
The week kicked off with “Mindful Monday.” Participants garnered tools to practice mindfulness from licensed therapist Katie Collier and learned helpful tips for healthy eating from health coach Maureen Zack.
Other events included a yoga/cardio hybrid workout with SoulSweat instructor Analys Romano, Lunch n’ Laugh with comedian Richard Sarvate, a full-body Box n’ Burn class with King Kaan, advice from motivational speaker Andrew Freedman, a visit from best-selling author Erin King, fitness training with Kelly Berger, and a mindful mental release session with Jason Williams.
“This year I enjoyed seeing how our company values seamlessly tied into the activities we booked,” says Mel Koeberle, Scrum Master at Mindgrub. “When Kim and I teamed up, we wanted Wellness Week to be holistic, not just great workouts, but also some mental work too. I am so happy that the events were a success and folks seemed to take a lot away from them.”