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Take the Corporate Challenge: Robin's Story

by Robin Henry
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I had heard wellness programs are good at helping people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. But I didn’t truly believe it until I was the one making changes and reaping the benefits. Because Chevron and the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Corporate Challenge provided the right resources, motivation, and social support, I’m now leading a healthier, active lifestyle.
 
I had run a half marathon before but was looking for extra motivation to get more active. When Chevron announced they were forming a Corporate Challenge team for the 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, I thought of it as my opportunity to set a new goal and then do what I needed to do to achieve that goal.
 
I admit I wasn’t in great shape when I decided to run the race, but that is part of the reason I signed up. And in keeping with the “team” spirit of the program, I opted to join a relay team rather than run another half-marathon. Chevron actually helped me to find my fellow relay team members!
 
I was determined to successfully complete my leg of the race, so I kept up with training. I was encouraged not only by my fellow relay team members but by all 40 of the Chevron employees who were participating in the Corporate Challenge. It was fun to see so many get involved! We all had a great time training together and attending special events like the annual Chevron Health Fair or a “lunch & learn” hosted by P3R.
 
Because of my dedication and the extra support, I did much better than I thought I would during the 2018 FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay. The great weather; seeing Pittsburgh on foot; and all the people who came out to support us with music, cheering or snacks made for a great race experience. Plus, I got to celebrate becoming a Runner of Steel with my Chevron colleagues while enjoying free food, drinks and massages at the post-race Corporate Challenge tent.
 
Just about anybody can have healthy behaviors for a few days or weeks, but the key is to maintain healthy behaviors over a long time. I’m excited the Corporate Challenge helped me get back to the gym, schedule regular workouts and ultimately lead a healthier lifestyle! I now prioritize exercise each week and look for ways to be active—including running outside or taking part in group walks—so I can stay in shape for that moment when I want to tackle another race.
 
If you’re wondering whether the Corporate Challenge is for you, I would say it’s really for everyone. Whether you’re looking to accomplish a fitness goal or searching for a new way to bond with your colleagues, a Corporate Challenge team can help you out with all that and more. You may participate in yoga at the office or go for a bike ride as part of your training. And come race day, you’ll have a ton of fun while experiencing Pittsburgh in a new way.
 
But don’t take my word for it. You should experience it all for yourself! 

Robin Henry is an IT Business Planner and PMO Analyst for the Appalachian/Michigan Business Unit (AMBU) at Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co., a Division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. 

Looking for a way to create a culture of health and wellness in your workplace? Join the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Corporate Challenge today! Whether it’s by running the DICK'S Sporting Good Pittsburgh Marathon or competing in their first 5K, the Challenge will encourage your employees to reach their wellness goals – one run at a time. Contact Caroline Fitzgerald at caroline.fitzgerald@p3r.org for more information.

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