Who says that recess should be left to elementary school? This is the same question that was asked by Healthy U, UT’s voluntary wellness program for employees, when Rocket Recess at Work was created.
“[The goal is] to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to take a stress and activity break in their day to improve their physical and mental health,” said Andrea Masters, assistant director of Rocket Wellness.
Rocket Recess at Work will be comprised of open play activities such as bean-bag toss, chess, giant Jenga and bocce ball, as well as team events like kickball, tug of war, yoga and four-square volleyball. Team events require an RSVP from the event page by Tuesday, May 16; click here.
Prizes, including yoga mats, duffle bags and farmer’s market tokens, will be available to win throughout the day.
“It is a perfect opportunity to have some fun with colleagues and get some activity in,” Masters said.
After working up an appetite playing kickball, employees can grab lunch from Rosie’s Rolling Chef, Nacho Danny or Displaced Chef food trucks, which will be parked on Centennial Mall.
Even if employees can’t make it out to the events, they can still get in on the fun by downloading a Healthy U bingo card from the event page. After completing a row of spaces that include prompts such as “get 7-8 hours of sleep on a week night,” “pack your lunch instead of going out,” “drink 64 ounces of water in one day,” and “participate in a charitable or community event,” employees can send in their completed bingo card and be entered into a raffle.
“We realize some employees may not be able to participate due to work obligations, but we don’t want them to miss out on the opportunity to win prizes and participate in healthy activities. The bingo card can be completed at their own pace and convenience,” Masters said.
Rocket Recess at Work will take place Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Centennial Mall.
A similar event will be held on Health Science Campus Thursday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more details on either event, bingo card download and RSVP information, click here and scroll to Rocket Recess at Work.