Every year Garden of Life looks forward to participating in the national Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day because our kids get to join us at work! Our Work Life Committee always comes up with some interactive and fun activities for the event and this year's focus was on fitness. With some help from parents and "health coaches," the kids learned about the importance of exercise and how to keep moving!
The event started off on the right foot when every single child was given a digital pedometer to track their steps. Our tech savvy children were thrilled to wear the devices and proudly blurted out their "step count" throughout the day. We couldn't help but laugh at the youthful exuberance on display as many of them jumped up and down and ran in circles to increase their step counts!
With plenty of room to spread out and exercise in our warehouse, the kids warmed up with a series of stretches. Afterwards they were treated to a "shake it up" song by our in-house warblers, The Veggie Girls! Santina, Noelle and Vanessa sang about the importance of drinking healthy shakes instead of sodas and inspired all the kids to get up and dance. From the looks of things, it's safe to say that some of our kids have been dancing with Wii Fit at home or watching Dancing With the Stars, because they definitely had some smooth moves!
After the dance craze, the kids formed groups and rotated through a fitness circuit that included challenging games such as hopscotch, basketball, jump rope and more. It was hilarious to watch the younger kids swallowed up by enormous hula hoops while their parents cheered them on. As for the few toddlers and babies who were repeatedly fawned over and photographed, the excitement was simply too much and most of them nodded off to sleep. Those who made it through the fitness circuit enjoyed a healthy lunch with their parents and talked about how they could use their pedometers every day and stay active. Overall, kids were psyched to spend the day at work with their parents while also learning about how Garden of Life strives to keep people healthy.
"What does wellness mean?" asked Teresa Miller, Garden of Life's VP of Human Resources and Quality Control. One little girl volunteered the perfect answer, blurting out, "It's everything you do to keep from getting sick!"
We couldn't have said it better. And we're proud to be raising the next generation of Garden of Lifers who will know how to stay healthy and strong!
Thank you to our amazing Work Life Committee for another successful day!