The law firm of Irell & Manella recently implemented “Be Well@IRELL,” a firm-sponsored wellness program. The goal was to inspire employees to do something that would translate into tangible results and in turn spark enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and eating right. They offered two competitions, “I&M’s Biggest Winner” (to encourage weight loss) and “Step It Up” (to encourage walking).

I&M’s Biggest Winner, Season 1, was a 16-week weight loss program with teams of two. The program started with a Biggest Winner-themed kickoff, followed by weekly weigh-ins and motivational diet tips. There were 26 teams with a total of 52 participants. Season 1 results were 413.6 total pounds lost and an average weight loss of 4.06% of body weight. At the season finale, I&M awarded prizes to the top five teams.

Step It Up, Season 1, was an 8-week walking program for individuals. This program began by the handing out of pedometers for all participants, followed by weekly downloads of individual pedometers and motivational exercise tips. There were 121 participants in this competition. Season 1 results included 48,392,265 total steps, for a distance of 19,737 miles.
According to the firm, both of these programs were a resounding success. The benefits of these programs were not just on a personal level, but continued to foster and support the teamwork environment at I&M.