Affiliates: Health & Wellness Challenge Checklist

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Health & Wellness Challenge Checklist

  • Step 1: Choose a Committee Chair to Coordinate the Challenge.
    • Depending on the size of your expected participation, you may create a challenge committee.
  • Step Two: Decide who can Participate in the Challenge.
    • Will your challenge be open to young lawyers, all lawyers, law students, paralegals, judges, judicial assistants?
    • The more inclusive your challenge, the more participation you will receive.
  • Step Three: Figure out how to Communicate the Challenges to Participants.
    • Facebook Groups make it easy for participants to support /get to know each other.
  • Step Four: Set out your Specific Challenge(s).
    • Challenges can relate to any aspect of health and wellness, not just physical fitness.
    • Check out our tips for choosing your challenge on the following page.
  • Step Five: Determine how Members will Submit their Participation.
    • Many activities will have to be judged using the honor system, and that is okay.
    • Websites like https://www.countit.com/#/ can also help you track participation.
  • Step Six: Set out the Prizes.
    • Consider having daily challenge winners, fun challenges, and an overall winner.
    • Partner with local businesses for the prizes (such as free fitness classes).
  • Step Seven: Market the challenge.
    • Create a timeline for promoting your challenges via email and social media.
    • Encourage your group to share photos of their challenge on social media.
  • Step Eight: Start the Challenge!
    • Tag @FlaYLD in your social media posts so we can promote your challenge.
    • Use the hashtags #StigmaFreeYLD and #WellLawyer to promote your challenge.
  • Step Nine: Celebrate your Success!
    • Throw an end-of-the-challenge party to announce the winners and celebrate.
    • Apply for a YLD Health & Wellness Grant to help cover certain costs.
  • Step Ten:  Keep the Community Going Beyond the Challenge!
    • Having a strong support system is be critical to lawyer well-being.
    • Consider keeping the challenge going indefinitely!

Tips for Choosing Your Challenge

  • Your challenge must have one kindness component which can include random acts of kindness, a CLE discussing the merits of kindness.
  • Your challenge should be as inclusive as possible. Consider providing options so that everyone can participate regardless of their fitness level, physical limitations, or disability.
  • Your challenge can relate to any aspect of health and wellness, including mental health, attending cultural events, or even meditation. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
  • If the challenges are too strenuous, you may scare off participants. Consider offering options that appeal to beginners, not just those who already have a good physical fitness practice. For example, counting the number of steps is a better challenge then the number of miles someone can run.
  • Challenges should include reasonable limits so that no one can gain too many points too easily. Consider including minimums and maximums for each activity.
  • If you choose multiple activities, then ensure that no single activity is worth significantly more than another. The goal is to encourage repeated participation.

Challenge Ideas

  • 5,000 steps a day
  • Submit a healthy recipe
  • Attend a fitness class
  • Attend a mindfulness class
  • Meditate for 20 minutes
  • Do a squat or plank challenge
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day
  • Push up challenge
  • Take the stairs to work day
  • Mentor a law student
  • Attend a therapy session
  • Volunteer at a local shelter
  • Challenge another local affiliate
  • Virtually attend an art gallery