In the month of May, 377 JHU employees competed in Spring Into Well-Being—the first JHU Healthy at Hopkins challenge—by trying to tally the most class minutes on the Burnalong platform.
During the challenge, faculty and staff logged a monthly participation record of 146,361 minutes (up greatly from the usual 2–3K) and took more than 3,000 classes ranging from gratitude to tai chi.
"I like variety when it comes to exercise, so I've had fun exploring lots of different workouts and routines—there are so many categories and options to choose from, and I feel like I've only scratched the surface," said Shannon Williams, program manager in the School of Education's Ideals Institute, during the challenge. "I am truly loving Burnalong and am greatly appreciative of the opportunity to benefit from all that it has to offer."
Burnalong provides a wide selection of live and on-demand educational and fitness classes to help employees and their families on their well-being journey. Classes can be taken individually or as a group.
Popular classes during the challenge included:
- Fluid Stretching & Mobility for the Body and Mind
- Body Up. Cool Down Series Circuit 1 and 2
- JoanieFit Strength Fit Over 50
- Standing Abs
- 12-Minute Body Scan Meditation
The final prizes for the random weekly drawing were awarded to Lisa Lucas from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Leah Morse from the Carey Business School.
The top-five challenge participants who logged the most minutes were Jessica Hosea, Whiting School of Engineering; anonymous, Sheridan Libraries; Jamie Kendall, Whiting School of Engineering; Christina Sammy, School of Medicine; and Nadia Wong, School of Medicine.
"I have nothing but positive feedback for this experience," Wong said while participating. "I'd opened a Burnalong account that sat inactive for months before this challenge motivated me to actually research the site. It's been pretty easy—in addition to the informative educational videos about financial wellness/nutrition and useful exercise ideas, I found white noise and meditation music that you can play to help you sleep and keep you calm while at work—I slept better this past week than I have in months."
The next well-being challenge will be in the fall. In the meantime, you can keep finding classes to enjoy on the Burnalong platform. Full-time JHU employees have up to four subaccounts for family or friends and can schedule live or on-demand classes with colleagues or their departments. If you have not signed up for your Burnalong account, you can register here.
For a three-minute stress-reducer class on Burnalong, click here.