New! Optimity introduces Epic Fortnite Dances for gamers

Get Fit, Have Fun, and Claim FREE Rewards with Optimity’s Epic Fortnite Dances!

Here at Optimity, with a room full of tech “geeks” it’s no surprise that many of us are a part the Fortnite hype (see Drake #champagnepapi rocking out in Fortnite with Ninja, breaking Twitch’s records for live fans).  

For those of you just tuning in and aren’t quite sure what Fortnite is, I’ve taken the liberty to summarize it: It’s essentially a multi/single player survival game, with a lot of open world maps.The game starts with a 100 players who skydive onto an interactive island, and fight each other until only one player is left standing. Along the way, the players can pick up weapons to arm themselves, and build forts while they explore the island. To make this all the more challenging, the island is constantly being reduced, forcing participants to get closer, dueling it out, until only one remains on the island. The game features lots of great gear and our favorites: dances and emotes.

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Drake isn’t the only famous fan here, and Ninja isn’t the only great pro player. Our top 3 favorite players on Fortnite include:

  • #3 Axvry, who enjoys a few dance moves of his own (Hype seems to be his go-to move) Besides his fun music list that he jams out to during the game, we also love his philosophy of getting out there in the real world, going outside after playing the game in a sedentary position.
  • #2 Muselk, who is always hilarious with his creative memes and can be depended on to bring a sense of fun in this competitive community. Despite the fact that he is quite skilled at the game, he always throws in silly objectives and great squad collaborations with his friends – Crayator and Thisisloserfruit (you go girl!). Muselk, we are excited for you to turn on your face cam and dance out Orange Justice for your next stream after your “W”!
  • #1 Tfue. Hugely underrated top player, we just love him for his pure skill and play style: watch this Tfue vs Ninja battle. Over this weekend, we also discovered his comedic and altruistic side where we almost died laughing as he carried a Newbie player to their first victory.  Although hearing about his dietary choices (pizza lunchables, yuck!), it did make us volunteer to make this category and want to support those sedentary due to their love for Fortnite: So, Tfue if you are reading this, we are happy to send over our amazing personalized meal plans and custom workout packages designed to optimize your in-game performance. Gotta keep up those amazing game play with a sensible health plan!

*Drumroll please…* In honour of Fortnite Season 4, we’ve introduced a new and free activity pack for all you Fortnite enthusiast. This new activity pack, called “EPIC Fortnite Dances” more relatable for Fortnite players, can still be accessed by everyone. It is a compilation of short 30 second challenges that allow you to take a break between games to dance around like your favorite Fortnite characters.  

 

….and the best part yet, you can win points that can easily be converted into v-bucks, that can be used for your next upgrade in Fortnite.

 

All you have to do is turn on “Epic Fortnite Dances” in the Optimity app, if your organization isn’t apart of Optimity, and you’re an individual ready to get healthy and win prizes doing so, we’ve got you covered. Download the “Optimity” app to get started.

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Step 1: Add “EPIC Fortnite Dances” to your personal goals.

 

 

 

 

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Step 2: Activate the goal, and customize if you’d like to receive notification, how frequently you’d like to complete the activity and when you’d like to complete the challenge.

 

 

 

Step 3: And at last, have fun completing the epic dance challenges, get fit and improve your cognitive functioning to perform better overall, and in your next Fortnite battle.

Best of all, get rewarded for getting healthy, we’ve provided numerous rewards for your favorite places, & you also have the option to claim more V-Bucks for Fortnite.  

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Gaming, although fun, can be a long and strenuous process! It often requires you to be sedentary for many hours, while not eating or hydrating sensibly. At Optimity we can help make this easier and more enjoyable. Optimity’s technology platform is scientifically supported to help the average user take productive 30 second to 2-minute micro-breaks that have long lasting and beneficial impact. These micro-habits boosts your mood, helps you focus and encourage social connectedness. Our pocket coach is also customized to each person’s interest and goals.   

 

Interested in finding out more? Click here to request a demo!

 

Comment down below and let us know what your favorite Fortnite dances are! It may end up in your next app update 😉

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5 Ways to Change your Thinking and Be More Positive

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It’s normal to have a little bit of stress in our everyday life, especially if it’s the kind to help motivate us to get the work done. However the issue arises when we let constant stress overcome us and take control of our mood, our thinking and our perspective. Negative thoughts and stress come hand and hand, so it’s clear that eliminating one, diminishes the other. As a wellness advisor, I help create content that easy and quick to use during workdays in order to help promote positive growth, in order to see change that help with long term health outcomes. The following 5 ways are simple tips that can be implemented to encourage positive thinking in both your work life and home life.

Smile

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Ever heard of the common phrase, “fake it till you make it”, this works the same way for smiling. Smiling is known to be a powerful tool, research suggests that when one smiles, feedback is sent from the face to the left frontal cortex, which releases two neurotransmitters: serotonin and dopamine into the brain. These hormones are known as the happy hormone. These chemicals are what helps improve one’s mood. This also applies when we smile at someone, when we smile at somebody, they automatically smile back, and that smile will trigger corresponding feelings, which results in positive emotional changes in the brain, bringing about overall positive feelings, which improves mood and reduces stress.  

Change your mindset

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It’s easy to dwell on situations that didn’t occur the way we wanted them to, but these negative emotions and thoughts only bring us down. It’s important to think objectively and more rationale. Don’t lock down negative situations as a concrete failure, by starting to think about certain setbacks as possible growing opportunities, or feedback is known as a “positive feedback response”. Positive thinking, doesn’t ignore the situation in its entirety, it’s just a matter of approaching the situation from a positive and realistic mindset. This positive approach helps eliminate stressful situations which result in overall better health.

Set Clear Goals

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Setting clear and concise goals helps us become lastingly happier and more successful. This is because when you have measurable goals in mind, it takes us down a particular, focused path, where we feel more motivated to fulfill the required objectives to meet those goals. When achieving the goal in itself will help promote happiness due to the success of the completion.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

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Surround  yourself with people who will uplift and encourage you. These people provide supportive and positive feedback that help shape your positive mindset. They can be anyone from, friends, family, or coworkers. In the workplace, positive people are those who have the determination to achieve their  goals. They are the most productive of the group, and don’t stray away from their schedules. Being around people like that helps you create and achieve meaning in the things that you set out to do. They also double as a social support group, which would help you cope with any stressors you may have, leading to less stress and better overall health. Check out this blog to learn more tips on how to engage and connect more authentically with people.

Exercise

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Exercise is a multifaceted activity that has numerous benefits on an individuals physical health. Exercise is also shown to have tremendous positive impact on an individuals mental health. Those who exercise, regardless of what fitness level or age, exercise is proven to boost brain function, improve mood, and memory as well as  help relieve stress, and help individuals sleep better. Exercise helps increase the release of norepinephrine hormone, which helps manage any mental or physical stress. Check out this helpful webinar on helpful shortcuts for getting in a quick workout on a busy workday without wasting hours at the gym.

As an employer it’s essential to provide employees with the tools and resources they need to flourish and succeed in the workplace. The easiest way to improve an employee’s positive mindset is to start by showing them that you care.

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At Optimity we can help make this easier, Optimity’s technology platform is scientifically supported. We help the average worker take productive 30 second to 2-minute micro-breaks that have long lasting beneficial impact. These micro-habits boosts their mood, by providing them with a variety of activities for different health and wellness topics. The app also helps encourage social connectedness, through the team challenges which supports the organization’s culture for teamwork.

Want to know more about how we can help you implement a personalized coaching program in your company? Reach out to us at engage@myoptimity.com and lets have a chat.

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How to Help Women Flourish in the Workplace (Webinar Recap)

We had a great webinar on March 8, in honour of international women’s day. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world – in many countries, it is a national holiday. It has grown to become a global day of recognition of women’s achievements and a call to action to support women’s rights and advance gender equality.

I sat down with Optimity’s CEO, Jane Wang, to talk about how to promote women’s health in the workplace. You can watch the full webinar here. Note, due to some technical difficulties, the slides have been uploaded separately. To view the slides, please click here. The following are a few key takeaway points from the webinar.

We’ve come a long way to see women grow socially, economically, culturally and politically. Achievements of women can even be seen even in the workforce. With more than 50% of the working force being women, it’s important for employers to promote women’s health in the workplace.

While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower quality of life for women. Many of the health issues that arise, can easily be prevented if addressed early, which is why worksite can also be a good source of solutions to existing health problems and the place for promoting healthy activities.

 

The top 3 health issues for women that was mentioned in this webinar are:

 

Cardiovascular Health

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Most people believe that CVD is more common in men that women. But in reality heart attack and strokes kill more women than men. Women are more likely than men to die within a few weeks of a heart attack. 8.6 million women worldwide die from heart disease each year. Of those who have heart attacks, 42% die within a year. Leading a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of heart disease, whether you’re male or female. To learn more about a healthy heart, check out last months webinar on “Healthy Lifestyle Choices for a Healthy Heart”.

Cancer

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Contrary to most beliefs, breast cancer is not the leading cause of cancer death in women. Lung cancer kills more women than male. This is due to the increasing number of women who use smoking as a coping mechanism for stress. One in four women in the United States smoke. Stopping smoking and reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke can reduce the risk of chronic lung problems. Check out our webinar on mindfulness and  meditation in the workplace to get tips on reducing stress and finding healthier coping mechanisms.

Mental Health

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Mental health is another major health issue for women. Although death by suicide is higher for men, attempted suicide rates are higher for women. Job stress among women is widespread; 42% of women have said they were bothered by stress from their jobs. Helping educate women on mental health issues, and giving them the confidence to seek assistance and speak to their doctor, is vital. One way to promote mental health is through nutrition. Studies show that a healthy diet is a proactive approach to optimal health, and that an unhealthy diet is actually a huge risk factor for depression and anxiety. Watch our past webinar to learn more about nutrition and mindful eating in the workplace.
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These top 3 health issues are present in both men and women, however more women die from these chronic illnesses than men. Fortunately, genetics plays a minor role when it comes to susceptibility. With a healthier lifestyle with more physical activity, healthy diet and less stress, one can help prevent almost all chronic illnesses.

If you need more help on promoting women’s health in the workplace, reach out to us at engage@myoptimity.com.

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The Future of Health and Wellness Today

trends-header1.jpgDid you know that Americans spent an average of $714 on out of pocket health care in 2016? This number continues to increase year on year. The rising costs of healthcare in North America makes it crucial for companies to start putting a larger focus on corporate wellness programs. The growing industry of corporate wellness programs shows that new technology, data and increased insights can really help to encourage employees to stay fit and healthy. As a result these outcomes not only benefit the employee but also the company.

The healthcare cost crisis has become so important, that major corporations like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan are teaming up to create a new business that is designed to lower health care costs for their employees and provide increased employee satisfaction while reducing costs.

To provide a beneficial corporate wellness program we first need to talk about our current workforce. With Millennials becoming the largest generation in the US workforce (35%) they have a great impact on the wellness market. This generation has a new outlook on wellness and are said to spend the most amount of money on health programs, even though they earn less than any other generation. They also have a greater knowledge and interest in technology, which gives them easy access to wellness information and programs. Working remotely has also become a trend throughout the past few years, and as these current workforce trends change we realize that work-life balance is a thing of the past. Our digital world has us constantly connected, which means we are checking emails at any time of the night and chatting to friends and colleagues during dinner. Life and work have integrated together, and our wellness programs need to change to reflect this. New trends need new solutions.

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At Optimity, our dynamic and personalized approach helps this modern generation of professionals be at their best, whether they work from the office or remotely. We support their modern routines and offer a holistic approach to wellness in the forms of mental health, financial wellness, and physical health; all of which we believe contribute to a person’s overall health. Our programs also offer 24/7 support that is dedicated to the user, because we know that a wellness program should be designed to offer support, even if you are not in the office. We know that a one-size fits all approach doesn’t help anyone, so our programs are tailored to employee’s specific goals and needs. We help people manage their time and encourage them to build healthy habits, no matter what kind of profession or workforce they are in.

Workplace Wellness Programs are here to stay, and like any program, these initiatives are only ever effective if they are done correctly. Employees continue to request wellness benefits from their employers. It’s about time companies start paying attention to the holistic wellbeing of their employees and incorporate a proactive wellness program like Optimity that fits into their everyday working life.

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Want to know more about how we can help you implement a personalized coaching program in your company? Reach out to us at engage@myOptimity.com and let’s have a chat.

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Leveraging Opportunities During Open Enrolment

Posted by Laura Carter

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Open enrollment season does not traditionally elicit much excitement among HR professionals or the employee population they serve. There is a lot of administrative work involved and employees are usually inundated with an overload of dry communications materials.

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But are we missing a great chance to get employees thinking about their personal health, their lifestyle goals or even their contribution to building a great workplace culture? In my 10 years of implementing employee wellness programs, I have always been surprised at this lost opportunity to engage employees in a discussion on their personal health goals and needs. If anything, open enrolment season is the one time that you have the ear of your entire employee base, because everyone is invested on some level, in knowing how they are impacted by the company health and benefits plan. Therefore, it makes complete sense that this is the optimal time to get a company-wide conversation started on health and wellness, and ignite some excitement to build a stronger, more energetic company culture.

 

At Optimity, we know that an important piece of a well-utilized wellness program is an engaging communication plan. It’s important to know your audience. We see from experience, that rolling out an ‘employee success’ program, instead of ‘wellness’, garners a lot more support from those who traditionally don’t get too excited about health and wellness. Which is important because those are the folks who stand to benefit the most from these offerings.

 

Just as important, is recognizing the personal needs and starting points of each individual. The cookie-cutter approach just doesn’t work! Incorporating all facets of wellness and personal development in a meaningful way that is based on behavioural science is most likely to create real, measurable results. Add rewards and some fun challenges into the mix, and there is a great opportunity to build a happier, more dynamic work culture on top of everything else!

 

Above all, it makes sense to start the wellness conversation at renewal time, because there is no denying that the two have an interdependent relationship. For too long, wellness and benefits have sat in different silos, even though we know that the ‘wellness’ of an individual is obviously going to impact their needs, in terms of benefits utilization. In this day and age, where chronic illness dominates the top disease areas for most organizations,  we would be remiss to overlook the connection between employee health behaviours and the consequent health outcomes we see when they need to utilize the company benefits and drug plans. Investing time in a preventative approach through engaging communications and customized offerings will go a long way in catching people before they develop chronic illness. Having a little fun along the way and building a more positive corporate culture is just the cherry on top!

 

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Want to learn more about best practices in employee engagement and wellness? Reach out to us at engage@myoptimity.com.

At Optimity we pride ourselves on driving employee engagement and health, providing a ROI to demonstrate success, all while saving valuable time for HR teams.

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