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Taking multi-tasking to new level to help employees stay healthy at work

By Erin Goff | Posted - Mar. 9, 2017 at 5:50 p.m.


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MIDVALE — With just a touch of a few buttons, Intermountain Supply Chain Center Contract manager Shane Hughes can change his work to a workout.

"This walking desk treadmill is a great option to get on it, be active and burn a few calories as well," said Hughes.

The treadmill doesn't go too fast, so you don't even need your running shoes. It goes about 2 miles per hour. Users say you can truly work and walk. Hughes said, "I mainly answer emails or if I have to read a contract. It's just a great opportunity to get off my desk and out of my chair."

"Whether I'm creating reports or putting together agendas or just about anything I do at my desk, I can do on the treadmill as well," said project manager Helen Hitimana.

When Hitimana can't use the treadmill desk, she walks the long halls. The ancillary hallway is .08 miles one way. The Supply Chain Center also has a parking lot trail mapped out and easy access to the Jordan River Trail.

It's all part of Intermountain's LiVe Well program for employees. Hitimana said she receives weekly emails about eating healthy and how to get in exercise at work.

The Intermountain Supply Chain Center also provides a wellness gym for its employees. For about $5 a month employees have 24-hour access.

That's where you will find sourcing manager Cole Smith. "I'm in here first thing every morning, and it's just part of my DNA now," Smith said.

That wasn't the case 10 years ago. Smith said, "My doctor said, 'You have to change or your sons are going to grow up without a dad,' and that scared me."

Smith went to work. He dropped 100 pounds in one year. He's kept it off. He credits his family and a great support system. "I've kind of made it my life's mission to be an example to my colleagues and show people you can do it," Smith said. "Just put one foot forward of the other and take advantage of the resources that you have available to you and it will work."

You just have to push the start button.

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