In June of 2015, the Southpointe CEO Association added three new areas for programming among those already in place. Those new topics include diversity and inclusion, ethical leadership and wellness. The association now also encourages member organizations to include internal programs for employees in these special areas to help create the most diverse, ethical and healthy business park in the state of Pennsylvania.
As a way to address the issue of wellness, the association has partnered with the Southpointe Connector Trail and the Canonsburg Houston Southpointe Rotary Club to present a series of “Walking Wednesdays” for the Southpointe business community. On the second Wednesday of each month, volunteers from sponsor and partner organizations distribute bottled water to walkers (or runners) on the park sidewalks, if weather permits.
Association member organizations and others in the business community were invited to participate by becoming a “sponsoring organization” to provide the bottled water and volunteers to help with distribution. Along with volunteers from the partner groups, company volunteers identify a prominent and convenient spot within the park to locate the distribution tent. Locations are typically positioned along Southpointe or Town Center boulevards. Volunteers distribute water and other 'giveaway items' between the hours of 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to all who walk, jog, run, stroll or even drive past the tent.
Sponsors to date have included Champion International Moving, Waynesburg University at Southpointe, Auma Actuators and SingleSource Property Solutions. In addition to sponsors and partner companies, several other businesses have joined the activity and hand out T-shirts, caps, visors, key chains and other promotional items to walkers. The Southpointe locations of Community Bank and WesBanco have provided giveaway gifts as part of the experience.
Tracy Vidnovic, sales administrator and wellness coordinator for Champion International Moving, thought the event worked so well in August that she volunteered the company to sponsor again in November. “Champion plans to have a big group participate [each time],” she said. “I love the way Walking Wednesdays promotes health and wellness in the Southpointe Community.”
“It's easy to get consumed with the day-to-day grind, and these park events serve as a nice reminder to get up and get moving,” said Nick Beresh, WesBanco Banking Center manager/AVP. Beresh also serves as the 2016-2017 president of the Canonsburg Houston Rotary Club.
The Walking Wednesday program, which launched in July of 2016, will occur on the following dates through the end of the year:
Oct. 12 – Fall Fantasy Trek sponsored by Auma Actuators
Nov. 9 – Black 'n Gold Hike sponsored by Champion International Moving
Dec. 14 – the Holiday Jingle Bell Walk sponsored by SingleSource Property Solutions.
Only extremely inclement weather will cancel a Walking Wednesday event.
Due to the popularity of these community events, more Walking Wednesdays will be scheduled for 2017, beginning with the month of April. If your organization would like to sponsor a 2017 Walking Wednesday, contact the Southpointe CEO Association at email@example.com or by phone at 724-747-5055. If you'd like to help promote your own wellness, just get your walking shoes and join in the fun – no registration is necessary.
Dr. Stephanie Urchick is CEO/Executive Director of the Southpointe CEO Association, and Owner of Doctors At Work LLC, a leadership, communication and management consulting company. For more information about the Southpointe CEO Association, visit www.southpointe-ceo.org.