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Volunteering & its surprising Benefits.

October 29, 2017

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How Giving to Others Makes You Healthier & Happier.
There are many benefits to volunteering such as:

Connecting you with others

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

Make new friends and contacts

One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

Enhance your social and relationship skills

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

Team building and bonding

While it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules, volunteering as a team has many worthwhile benefits. By giving back to the community together, you make a connection through a shared experience which is ultimately making a difference. You will understand how good it feels to help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community and find resources and activities that you may continue outside of work hours.

Good for mind and body

Volunteering increases self-confidence. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.

Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.

Good for your career

If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You might feel more comfortable stretching your wings at work once you’ve honed these skills in a volunteer position first.

Provides career experiences

Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field. In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in nursing, you could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.

Enhance or learn valuable job skills

Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. For example, you could become an experienced crisis counselor while volunteering for a women’s shelter or a knowledgeable art historian while donating your time as a museum docent.

Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community. For instance, if you hold a successful sales position, you raise awareness for your favourite cause as a volunteer advocate, while further developing and improving your public speaking, communication, and marketing skills.

It’s fun and fulfilling!

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.

Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside of work as well. For instance, if you have a desk job and long to spend time outdoors, you might consider volunteering to help plant a community garden, lead local hikes, or help at a children’s camp.

Do something you love and give back to our community!

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Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – September 2015

September 1, 2015
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**NEWSFLASH** Coffs Coast Health Club Moonee COMING SOON!!!

The biggest announcement we have ever made has now arrived, yes that’s right we are opening a second Coffs Coast Health Club in Moonee on Saturday 19th September to help us cater for the entire Coffs Coast. moonee shop
If you live or work on the southside between Nambucca & Coffs, then Toormina is the club for you, however if you live or work on the northside between Coffs & Corindi, then Moonee is the club for you.
Current members of Toormina can transfer their home club to Moonee if that is more convenient for them or what most people have done is simply upgrade to a 24/7 Freedom Membership, which offers access to all classes & equipment in both facilities for only $19 p/w.

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The new Moonee club will provide the same services as Toormina & the limited Foundation Memberships are now selling fast. Lee Kennedy is the Moonee Health Club Manager & can be contacted directly on 0409 079 311 or via lee@coffscoasthc.com.au to secure your new membership or transfer but be quick as we only have 100 Foundation Memberships available.
We are also offering 2 weeks FREE Membership to all current members for every friend they refer that becomes a member of the new club too, so share the message far & wide if you like.
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Last 2015 Personal Trainer Course STARTING SOON!
The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers is proud to introduce their NEW Certificate IV in Fitness – Complete Personal Trainer and Diploma of Business qualifications package.AIPT

Start a career as a Personal Trainer and gain the necessary skills to run and manage your own successful fitness business at the same time.
The Certificate IV in Fitness – Complete Personal Trainer qualification will allow you to gain real hands-on practical experience in a real gym, with a real trainer.


As part of this new qualification package, you will also complete the Diploma of Business building on the units you completed within your Certificate IV in Fitness and will help you to develop your skills across a wide range of business functions including managing your own business through to being a program coordinator or business manager within a larger business.

The Diploma of Business is VET FEE-HELP* approved too, so you can study now and pay later – with no time lost!
Contact Chris O’Mara, your local Campus Manager directly on 0475 757 531 for further information.
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Introducing Healthy Him!4fe2240be4d1b_image

This is Weight Loss Coaching for men!  Healthy Inspirations has always been a successful weight loss program for women with great success stories far and wide.  As some men (spouses and sons) have seen the success of the ladies a few of them have asked ‘what about us’.  This has prompted Health Inspirations to trial a few everyday blokes on the program with a few tweaks here and there.  These men have gone on to have great weight loss results and have been rewarded not only with improved health but also more knowledge on weight loss and the ‘real’ foods available to them on the Healthy Him program.  
th55SLOJSOOne of our Coffs Coast Health Club Healthy Him participants Justin has lost 21kg on the program which has seen him about to become the Healthy Inspirations Healthy Him National “Poster Boy”!
To celebrate the Launch of Healthy Him, Healthy Inspirations Coffs Harbour, are offering a special rate to any of the men in your life during September! Receive OVER $50 OFF your Resource Kit and your 1st and 2nd consultations FREE when you select one of the 4 plans below:
1.       Weight Loss Coaching – Over The Phone, Only $14.99 per week or 
2.       Weight Loss Coaching – Face 2 Face Only $19.99 per week, or  
3.       Weight Loss Coaching plus Personal Training – Face 2 Face,  Only $35 per week for 30min or $60 per week for 60min sessions, or 
4.       Group Weight Loss Coaching plus Group Personal Training – Face 2 Face, SAVE 40% on each 30min or 60min session
WHICH ONE SUITS YOU BEST? Simply choose your program above for a minimum 12 week period to watch your mind and body transform for the better. 
Call or drop in to see Simone 0402 202 864, Leslie 0423 284 421 or Sheree 0434 480 782 in the Healthy Inspirations office for more information
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Member Appreciation Day Was Fantastic!thankyou

Thank you to everyone that participated on Member Appreciation Day.  It was so fabulous to see so many of you to help us celebrate 6 years since we first opened our doors and the start of our crusade to empower the Coffs Coast to be the happiest and healthiest community in Australia. The classes, the events, the offers and the atmosphere around the club was amazing and days like this are a true testament to the quality of our Coffs Coast Health Club community.
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COFFS COAST BOOT CAMP Starts October!

Outdoor fitness based training, 60min sessions, twice a week, for all ages and ability levels.
The exercises are based on a mixture of body weight exercises, games, team activities and loads of fun.
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keep you motivated in a small and safe group environment with the personal attention of a trainer. Individuals, groups and corporate sessions are all available. Boot Camp – targeting fitness and fun for everyone!Boot-Camp1

Starts:   6th October (5 week course
Ends:     5th November
Days:     Tues and Thurs

Time:    6-7a
Venue: Boambee Bay & South Sawtell Headland
Price:      Re-enlistees      $159 for 10 sessions
Members           $179 for 10 sessions
Guests               $199 for 10 sessions

Contact Glen Barnett, Personal Training Manager on 0411 037 097 to reserve your spot today!
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Attack That Summer Swimsuit!
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Spring is the perfect time to work on your health and fitness as the warmer weather gets you motivated and inspired to get back on track before summer. 
Why not try a class that is guaranteed to get you fitter, stronger, leaner and healthier? 
ATTACK is the high energy sports inspired cardio class that builds strength and stamina and it is on our Toormina timetable on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, Thursdays at 9.30am, Fridays at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 8.30am.  It will also be on our Moonee timetable after we open on September 19!
There are options to suit everyone so that you can work within your limits and succeed. Give it a try today!
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Pamper Dad With 25% Off Massage This Fathers Day!
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Here are a few quick massage facts…
~ Did you know that by massaging and pulling on the top, middle and bottom of your outer ear lobes once per day, you can improve your immune system?
~ Did you know that massage stimulates the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers?
~ Did you know that having a 60 minute massage can provide the same benefits as 7-8 hours of sleep for your body?Massage sessions are so popular that we now offer massage Monday to Sunday! To help you pamper dad this Fathers Day we are offering 25% OFF. That’s a huge saving of $15!

BOOK NOW by calling 6658 6222 or dropping in to reception and we will have it ready for you tied with a bright red ribbon!
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Is Pain or Injury Holding You Back from Achieving Your Health Goals?

physio-enewsAre you like the majority of people who try to ignore their niggling injuries and hope they’ll go away?  Or are you using them as an excuse to sit on the couch rather than get out and get moving?  

The good news for you is that there’s now even greater availability for physio appointments at Coffs Coast MedFit! In response to the growing demand from our members, the physio team from Mid North Coast Physio are now available four days per week to make sure our members can get the best appointment for their lifestyle.  Why go anywhere else when you can see a physio within the club and get the right advice to get you back working out ASAP – they can also advise your trainer or group exercise instructor on how to help you on your rehab journey. 
And DON’T FORGET you can take advantage of their special offer for SPRING! All new clients get to have a FREE pre-assessment to find out what is wrong and what they can do to help.  This means you get to access their skills and knowledge for free to create a plan to return to full fitness quickly.
To make an appointment with the physio team at Coffs Coast MedFit call 1300 27 37 47.

Short Term Workout Options for Friends & Family!
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Do you have friends or family that are in town during the school holidays? Would you like to save them some money & get them working out with you? Well due to popular demand we are now offering some short term workout options for them…

Single Visit – adult only $15, student or baby boomer only $10, incl access during all supervised hours.
Week Pass – adult only $29, student or baby boomer only $19, incl access during all supervised hours.
Simply see reception or call 6658 6222 to take advantage of these offers for a limited time.

Click here for more information on membershippersonal trainingweight lossmassage therapyrehabilitationgroup exercisechildmindingprivileges card & fitness careers or call us on 6658 6222 for more help.

Invite your friends for a FREE TRIAL & grab yourself a new training buddy!

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Sincerely, 

Your CCHC Team

 
 



 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – July 2015

July 2, 2015

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Christmas in July!!
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Come down to the main street of Sawtell and help us celebrate ‘Christmas in July’ at Split Cafe & Espresso Bar!
The awesome team at Split will be putting on a great cocktail menu for us & allowing everyone to BYO alcohol for the night. Juice, soft drinks, tea & coffee will be available for purchase from the cafe.  There will be an amazing strawberry laden Wicked Berries cake for dessert!
Where: Split Cafe & Espresso Bar, First Avenue, Sawtell

When: Friday 17th July from 6pm

Cost: $25 p/head

How: Book now at reception, via info@coffscoasthc.com.au or by calling 6658 6222 

The party is limited to the first 80 people to register & pay for their ticket, so get in quick!!!
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When Life Gets Tough Put On Your Boxing Gloves!
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Have you ever tried a PUNCH class?  PUNCH is your ultimate fitness based boxing class that incorporates upper body strength and endurance. It is a great way to let go of some negative energy while working on a fitter, stronger, leaner and healthier you.
PUNCH is on our timetable:
Mondays at 9.30am, Tuesdays at 5.30pm, Wednesdays at 6.00am, Thursdays at 5.30pm and Fridays at 9.30am
All classes are run by a personal trainer who can coach you, help you with your technique and push you to your limits.
You don’t need to bring a partner and boxing gloves and focus pads are supplied. So really there are no excuses…give a PUNCH class a try this week.
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Coffs Coast Health Club CENEX logo gray 2BUSINESS DIPLOMA NOW AVAILABLE on the Coffs Coast!
Gain a professional edge in Business, Management, Project Management, Human Resources, Workforce Planning and Marketing by developing your skills and knowledge to explore various roles across a variety of industries, and more with a BSB50207 Diploma of Business.  Business managers assist companies in reaching goals and objectives related to sales, productivity, profitability and industry penetration.  The Diploma of Business is designed by leaders in the business industry and is based on REAL life experience to make you the best business manager you can be. It provides you with a step-by-step business plan and shares the secrets of successful business leaders.
This qualification has been specifically designed by leaders in the business industry and is based on REAL life experience rather than on textbooks.
The course will arm you with the necessary skills you need whilst still allowing you the flexibility to tailor your course to suit your schedule. You can juggle your studies with work or other commitments, enabling you to have the best of both worlds and learn face to face, not just online only.
NEXT COURSE STARTS 21st September & runs until 11th December.
Mondays:         5pm – 9pm
Wednesdays:    5pm – 9pm
Fridays:            5pm – 9pm
Our Diploma of Business is VET FEE-HELP approved, so you can start studying towards your dream job today – with no time lost!
Contact Christian directly on 0412 778 736 for further information regarding the course and qualification.
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Short Term Workout Options for Friends & Family!
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Do you have friends or family that are in town during the school holidays? Would you like to save them some money & get them working out with you?
Well due to popular demand we are now offering some short term workout options for them…
Single Visit – adult only $15, student or baby boomer only $10, incl access during all supervised hours
Week Pass – adult only $29, student or baby boomer only $19, incl access during all supervised hours
Simply see reception or call 6658 6222 to take advantage of these offers for a limited time.
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Sugar Busters Program – Are Hidden Sugars Stopping Your Weight Loss?

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You’ve probably seen our Sugar Busters Board at Reception showing you how much sugar is in common foods and drinks.  Its been the topic of much discussion and also been quite a shock to some people how much sugar they are consuming and how much sugar can be that hidden culprit in weight gain.
The Healthy Inspirations team can now offer you a 4 week Sugar Busters program for $149 ($89  if you are already a health club member!) This includes 4 weeks access to all health club facilities, weekly 1:1 Sugar Buster Coaching Sessions, weekly Sugar Buster Phone Consults and your Sugar Buster Resource Kit!
Speak to Simone, Leslie or Jenny from the Healthy Inspirations Team or call them on 6658 6222 to get started.
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Coffs Coast Health Club, very own Dance for Cancer 2015 participant – Jacqui Barnett!
JacquiJarrattProfile1This fundraising event, which will be held on Saturday 14th November, has been running for 6 years on the Coffs Coast and although it has gone through a couple of name changes it is a fantastic night of entertainment with each participant strutting their stuff on the dance floor to compete in 3 categories with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council.  Leading up to the event Jacqui will be running 2 fundraising events so save Friday August 28th for a Fun and Fabulous Trivia Night with a Twist and Friday October 30th for a Halloween Cocktail party.  More details on the way.  Donations can be made initially straight in to the Cancer Council charity box at reception!
Here’s the link to the Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stars-of-Coffs-Coast-Dance-for-Cancer/1584019218507518?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite jump on, like, comment and share!
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Reward yourself this month at Coffs Coast Health Club. Not only do we provide the latest fitness & strength equipment as well as a huge range of cutting edge classes from the low intensity Seniors & Baby Boomer classes, through fun dance classes like Zumba, to high intensity Boxing, Circuit, Pump & Cycling classes but we would like to reward you for all your hard work.
For the month of July, Coffs Coast Health Club is offering a chance to win a FREE 60 Minute Massage each week with our Fabulous Masseuses for the Fitness Passport Member who visits the most in a week.
To win is simple, take time out of your busy day and treat yourself physically, emotional and spiritually with as many workouts as you can!
A winner will be draw at the end of each week in July, the more you train the more chance to win!

If you would like to know more call us on 6658 6222 or email us at info@coffscoasthc.com.au
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Climb 4 The Chopper!mount-kilimanjaro-np

Have you ever wanted to achieve a goal so big you can’t see it from the bottom, yet you know in 7 days you will have reached the summit?

Picture this. You are 5895 metres high, on the roof of Africa, just about to take your final steps on to the summit of the Dark Continent’s highest mountain; the beautiful and majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. As you reach the summit, the memories, the struggles and tribulations of the past seven days of adventure come flooding back and culminate into one euphoric emotion. At that moment, the feeling of achievement and success in reaching your goal is almost overwhelming…… YOU FEEL ALIVE!!

Peak Potential Adventures in support of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter give you this opportunity to climb to the summit of the world’s highest free standing mountain from the 4th to the 13th of December!

Feel like this is something you want to be involved with? Contact Russ Holland on 0407 524 752 ASAP to secure your place for the adventure of a lifetime!

As an incentive, Coffs Coast Health Club are offering a FREE Mountain Fit program to help you climb the mountain of success!
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Welcome DanIMG_3683

Dan has recently come on board with us as a Personal Trainer. He is keen to help steer you in the right direction of health and fitness.

Dan has great sporting back ground, playing with the Coffs Harbour Comets Rugby League club and now being back on board with them as their Trainer, helping steer them towards another victory.

Dan has recently returned from the Baltimore in the US where he completed an internship at the headquarters of Under Armour. There he learnt how to train everyone from NFL players to the normal person wanting to get fitter and lose weight. Dan now has another way of making you head to your goals and have fun doing it.

If you see Dan on the floor, have a chat with him and introduce yourself and make him feel welcomed to the Coffs Coast Health Club Team.
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Clearance Sale Now Onimages

The weather has already cooled down so now is the time to update your NEW wardrobe.
We have stock that we need to move to make way for new exciting merchandise coming soon! We need your help to make this happen, and you save money! We think its a win win!

SALE Starts:       Wednesday 1st of July
SALE Finishes:   Friday 31st of July
SAVE 20% off the entire Coffs Coast Health Club Clothing Range!
Remember the best things go first, so hurry in.
See your friendly Reception team to find out more. Hurry while stocks last!
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At Coffs Coast Health Club all Supplements are on sale in July!
We are the exclusive stockist of all Nano products on the Mid North Coast
We will be heavily discounting stock at different times throughout the whole month of JULY!

Prices NEVER seen at Coffs Coast Health Club!
All supplements can be taste tested throughout the month
Ask your trainer which supplement will help you reach your goal faster.

Thinking of trying something new? Ask us how we can help you TODAY!
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“Clear your Head, Make a Difference” ~ Why Not Go Dry in July?  Im-Dry-this-July

Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go booze-free for a month to support adults living with cancer.  It helps you get healthy and clear your head while also raising funds for an important cause.

Dry July takes a lighter-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue.  You don’t often get the chance to raise money for charity by not doing something! It is a challenge of determination that rewards participants with a great sense of achievement and feeling of wellbeing.

Taking part in Dry July gives you the chance to also focus on yourself – notice your own drinking habits and the value of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Dry Julyers recognise a multitude of benefits themselves such as increased energy levels, a clearer head and clearer skin!

Dry Julyers are supported by an online community of other participants, ambassadors and partners providing advice, help and encouragement throughout the challenge.

Check out the Wellbeing Website if you plan on kick starting some healthy lifestyle changes with Dry July http://wellbeing.dryjuly.com

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Good Friends Are Good for You

November 16, 2014

They might get on your nerves at times, but good friends have bigger benefits than you may realize.
good friends“You got to have friends to make that day last long,” sings Bette Midler. But good friends may help your life last longer, too, according to an Australian study. Conducted by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, the study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22%.

Why is this so? The authors suspect that good friends discourage unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and heavy drinking. And the companionship provided by friends may ward off depression, boost self-esteem, and provide support. Also, as people age, they may become more selective in their choice of friends, so they spend more time with people they like.

Close relationships with children and relatives, in contrast, had almost no effect on longevity. Lynne C. Giles, one of the four researchers who conducted the study, emphasized that family ties are important; they just seem to have little effect on survival.

The Health Benefits of Good Friends

Lots of research has shown the health benefits of social support.

 One such study, reported in the journal Cancer, followed 61 women with advanced ovarian cancer. Those with ample social support had much lower levels of a protein linked to more aggressive types of cancer. Lower levels of the protein, known as interleukin 6, or IL-6, also boosted the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Women with weak social support had levels of IL-6 that were 70% higher in general, and two-and-a-half times higher in the area around the tumor.

In 1989, David Spiegel, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, published a landmark paper in Lancet. Itshowed that women with breast cancer who participated in a support group lived twice as long as those who didn’t. They also had much less pain.

Sheldon Cohen, PhD, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, has shown that strong social support helps people cope with stress.

“Friends help you face adverse events,” Cohen tells WebMD. “They provide material aid, emotional support, and information that helps you deal with the stressors. There may be broader effects as well. Friends encourage you to take better care of yourself. And people with wider social networks are higher in self-esteem, and they feel they have more control over their lives.”

Other studies have shown that people with fewer friends tend to die sooner after having a heart attack than people with a strong social network. Having lots of friends may even reduce your chances of catching a cold. That’s true even though you’re probably exposed to more viruses if you spend a lot of time with others.

“People with social support have fewer cardiovascular problems and immune problems, and lower levels of cortisol — a stress hormone,” says Tasha R. Howe, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Humboldt State University. “Why? The evolutionary argument maintains that humans are social animals, and we have evolved to be in groups. We have always needed others for our survival. It’s in our genes. Therefore, people with social connections feel more relaxed and at peace, which is related to better health.”

Friends Can Be Stressful

Friends can be a source of stress, though. In fact, friends can cause more stress than others precisely because we care so much about them.

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, has found that dealing with people who arouse conflicted feelings in us can raise blood pressure more than dealing with people we don’t like.

“My colleagues and I were interested in relationships that contain a mix of positivity and negativity,” she says. “For example, you might love your mother very much, but still find her overbearing or critical at times.”

By attaching people to portable blood pressure monitors, Holt-Lunstad and her colleagues found that blood pressure was highest when people were interacting with someone they felt ambivalent about.

What she found really surprising was that these interactions caused higher blood pressure than those with people the research subjects felt completely negative about. “We suspect that people we feel positive toward can hurt us that much more when they make a snide comment or don’t come through for us because they are important to us. Friends may help us cope with stress, but they also may create stress.”

So would we be better off having no friends at all?

Hardly. “One thing research shows is that as one’s social network gets smaller, one’s risk for mortality increases,” Holt-Lunstad says. “And it’s a strong correlation — almost as strong as the correlation between smoking and mortality.”

The Impact of Loneliness

What about loners? Are they at greater risk of dying because they prefer to be alone?

Only if they feel lonely. One study found that drug use among young people was higher among those who said they were lonely. Older lonely people tended to have higher blood pressure and poorer sleep quality. They also were more tense and anxious.

Another study found that college freshmen who had small social networks and claimed to be lonely had weaker immune responses to flu vaccinations. They also had higher levels of stress hormones in their blood.

Unfortunately, Americans have fewer friends than they used to, according to a recent study, “Social Isolation in America,” published in the American Sociological Review. The authors found that from 1985 to 2004, the number of Americans who feel they have someone with whom they can discuss important matters dropped by nearly one-third. The number of people who said they had no one they could discuss such matters with tripled to nearly 25%. The authors suspect that long work hours and the popularity of the Internet may contribute to the decline in close relationships.

The study also found that the percentage of people who talk about important matters only to family members increased from 57% to 80%. Those who depend solely on their spouse for these talks increased from 5% to 9%.

How Women’s Friendships Are Different From Men’s

In general, women are better at maintaining friendships than men. Women “tend and befriend,” says Shelley E. Taylor, PhD, a psychology professor at UCLA. They respond to stress by protecting and nurturing others (“tending”), and by seeking support from others (“befriending”). This pattern regulates the seeking, giving, and receipt of social support, Taylor says. It produces health benefits by reducing psychological and biological stress.

And Margaret Gibbs, PhD, a professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, found that men and women relate to others differently throughout life.

“We found that women seemed more geared to empathy, while male friendships are more geared to companionship and altruism,” she tells WebMD. “Male friendships are more about helping each other — mending the lawn mower, that sort of thing. Women’s friendships tend to have a more emotional content — listening to friends’ stories and coming up with helpful solutions.”

Article sourced from http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – November 2014

November 2, 2014
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Our MEMBERS ONLY special offer is back & is proudly sponsored by Parrys JewellersParrys Logo
for this November.
The fantastic team at Parrys Jewellers have kindly donated A PRIZE A WEEK
to reward you for encouraging your friends to become your gym buddy.Each Friday this month, we will be drawing the lucky winner!
We have 4 x Freshwater Pearl Bracelet and Earrings Sets (valued over $160 each) to give away.All you need to do to WIN is refer your friends to come in & try the club for FREE.Parrys 2014 cut
You will then get a ticket in the draw & if they decide to join, they will avoid the $149 joining fee & you will also receive 2 WEEKS FREE for each friend that you referred who joins.

There are NO LIMITS to the amount of friends you can refer & tickets you can get into the draw each week.
The more you refer, the better your chance of winning, so what are you waiting for?

Parrys Jewellers are also kindly offering 10% OFF all ticketed prices to Coffs Coast Health Club Members.
Simply show your membership tag when you are there to get your discount. Don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner!

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It’s that time of the year again when we take Coffs Coast Health Club’s Saturday morning Balance class outdoors to Sawtell’s Southern Headland.

Last years event was again a huge success with over 60 participants & a beautiful morning to remember.
Balance classes are a combination of yoga, tai chi & pilates incorporating strength, flexibility, balance & relaxation exercises.
Participating in this class while over looking the ocean & whales

frolicking in the background is a simply amazing experience.balance image

Bring as many friends as possible, a yoga mat or towel, drink bottle, a donation for beyondblue & remember to dress in blue.

Who:     All members & their invited guests

When:   Saturday 8th November at 9am
(enough time to get there after the 7.30am pump class in the club)

Where:  Sawtell Headland, off Boronia St, Sawtell

How:     Book at reception on your next visit, by calling 6658 6222 or via info@coffscoasthc.com.au

As a SPECIAL BONUS, anyone that joins the club on the day can choose their own joining fee (normally $149) & we will donate the entire amount to beyondblue

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Position Vacant – Full Time Business Management Traineeship!
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One of our frontline legends Josh has just finished his Certificate III in Fitness & will be heading to Newcastle with his girlfriend in the next few weeks to chase their dreams together.
This leaves a position vacant for a New Trainee to join the team.

As we already have Maggie studying Fitness, we have decided to offer some diversity & provide a Business Management Traineeship instead. The successful applicant will get the opportunity to study a Certificate III in Business Management & will be employed full time in a reception, customer service role.

We accept applications from anyone of any age with any background, as long as they have a wonderful work ethic and a desire to service our magnificent members.

If you or anyone you know is interested in this exciting career opportunity, please forward this email to them, get them to complete the application form here & drop it in to reception before 6pm Sunday 9th November.

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Stress Resilience & Happiness Seminar!

georgie3 3Transform Your Life… and Thrive!

Over 7 modules we bring together the latest research, practical skills and proven tools for real and lasting change.
This weekend intensive brilliantly presented by Quantum Life Skills teaches you 7 powerful keys for stress proofing your brain,
building resilience and creating happiness from the inside out.

Georgie Cooke believes that you are not here just to survive. You are here to learn, love, grow and thrive!
She will show you how to do just that…

Who:         Everyone (members of CCHC receive 10% OFF)

When:       Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November

Time:        10am – 1pm each day

Where:      19 Park Avenue, Coffs Harbour (enter via gordon st)

More Info: www.quantumlifeskills.com.au/resilience/

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Welcome to all new Fitness Passport Members!
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Coffs Coast Health Club is proud to be the first health club in the region to offer the fantastic service of Fitness Passport.
The healthy workplace initiative from NSW Health is available to their employees & their direct family members.

For the month of November all Fitness Passport members will also receive the following special rates.health

  • A  24/7 access key tag for only $29
  • 3 x 30 minute Personal Training Sessions with a trainer of your choice for only $99 (SAVE 20%)
  • 50% OFF a 60 minute massage with Angela our massage therapist
  • A FREE Weight Loss consultation with a Healthy Inspirations Weight Loss Coach

Simply contact reception on 6658 6222 or info@coffscoasthc.com.au for further information.

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Our Very First Movie Night – Cereal Killers!

“One of the top 10 independent movies of 2013 that could change the world!”cereal-killers-movie-540

The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy
by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.

When Donal’s sports star father Kevin suffered a heart attack later in life, family and friends were shocked. How does a lean,
fit and seemingly healthy man – who has sailed through cardiac stress tests – suddenly fall victim to heart disease?

  • Does FAT make you FAT?
  • Is sugar TOXIC?
  • Should BREAD be BANNED?

When: Tuesday 11th November

Time:  6.30 – 8.00pm (movie duration 63 mins)

Where: Coffs Coast Health Club Childminding Studio

Cost: FREE if you bring a friend or just $5 otherwise

Sponsored by:  Healthy Inspirations

Book at reception on your next visit, by calling 6658 6222 or via info@coffscoasthc.com.au

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The Power of NanoPro as opposed to standard protein supplements!

We all know that protein is an essential nutrient for the human body, but how do you know which protein is best?
We’ve got you covered. Our EXCLUSIVE nanopro takes protein to a whole new level. It is not just for muscles,
it’s a full body internal tissue repair system that helps heal the entire body from the inside, out.

Product Benefits:nanopro

  • The highest bioavailability of any Protein supplement on the market
  • Increase lean muscle and bone mass
  • Speed recovery time from exercise, injury, illness, or surgery
  • Reduce injuries related to working out
  • Help maintain a trim, fat-burning, lean body mass
  • Stabilize blood sugar and blood lipid levels
  • Healthy appetite regulation
  • Supports low carb diets
  • Cellular detoxification and protection
  • Healthy heart, brain, bones, organs, tissue repair
  • Support a balanced immune system

Nanopro protein is truly a quantum leap in functional food nutrition that provides optimal health benefits. As part of our CORE4 range we are offering Nanopro for $69.99, however if you purchase a CORE 4 pack you will also receive a 10% OFF.

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Annual Members & Guests Christmas Party!

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We wait all year for this night! Come & join us for a night of fun, frivolity, good food, great company and fantastic music…

When:  Friday 28th November

Time: 6.30pm – 10ish

Where: Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club

Entertainment:    Vanessa Henderson – beautiful acoustic solo musician.
Check her out here if you haven’t heard her before! Gold!

Dress: Party Clothes

Cost:  $30 each. BYO alcohol and other drinks. Tickets are limited, so book now at receptionxmas party 13

Lucky door prizes, Team Member of the Year, Member of the Year,
Most frequent visitor to CCHC,
Winner of the Healthy Inspirations Weight Loss Challenge & other prizes and giveaways.

Menu:               

Starters served on platters…from the fabulous Spare Chef Catering Company!

Mezze with House made Dips, Cider Poached Chorizo Sausage, Marinated

Fetta, Artichokes and Olives with Pita Wedges

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Nam Jim Sauce

Grilled Haloumi and Vegetable Skewers with Lemon and Parsley Gremolata

Thai Beef Salad with Asian Slaw and Rice Noodles, Nam Jim Dressing

Main Course served in individual Noodle Boxes…

Mediterranean Salad with Char Grilled Chicken, Lemon and Olive Oil Dressing

Sweet Potato, Chick Pea and Baby Spinach with Tandoori Yoghurt

Dessert….from Wicked Berries (of course)

Wicked Berries Famous Christmas Cake complete with loads of fabulous Wicked Berries

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CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE TEAM, CLUB MEMBERS & COFFS COAST COMMUNITY ON SUCH AN AMAZING WIN!
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Click here for more information on membership, personal training, weight loss, massage therapy, rehabilitation,
group exercise, childminding, privileges card & fitness careers or call us on 6658 6222 for more help.

Invite your friends for a FREE TRIAL & grab yourself a new training buddy!

Sincerely,

Your CCHC Team

Start Shaping Up

August 19, 2014

IT’S TIME TO SHAPE UPshapeup

As a nation, our waistlines are growing. Today, over 63% of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese.

Unhealthy eating and not enough physical activity can lead to overweight and obesity, and an increased risk of developing a chronic disease such as some cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Shape Up Australia is an initiative to help Australians reduce their waist measurements and improve their overall health and wellbeing. There are many everyday changes you can make to help you Shape Up and get on your way to a healthier lifestyle.


GETTING ACTIVE

Life can be busy, and it’s easy to think that there just isn’t enough time to be physically active.  But being physically active doesn’t mean you have to spend hours exercising each day or that you have to push yourself to the point of feeling exhausted.

There are great benefits to getting even a small amount of physical activity each day, both mentally and physically.  Being active gives you more energy, helps you sleep better, reduces the risk of depression and can help to prevent a range of chronic diseases.

You can start with small changes, like increasing the distance you walk by getting off the bus earlier or parking your car further away from the shops.  Gradually increase the amount of physical activity you do – it all adds up.  Aim for 30 minutes (or more) of moderate-intensity activity most days of the week.

If you’re worried you don’t have the time, keep in mind that you don’t have to do your 30 minutes (or more) all at once – combine a few shorter sessions of 10 to 15 minutes each throughout the day.  Those short bursts are just as effective as longer exercise sessions.

To get started, check out these physical activity tips or find activities in your local area using the activity finder.

GETTING PHYSICAL TIPS

Tips for being more physically active every day

  • The saying “no pain, no gain” is a myth.  Some activity is better than none, and more is better than a little.  But you don’t have to exercise to the point of collapse to get a health benefit.  Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.
  • Set a date for when you will start. Write the date down and stick to it.
  • Make time to be physically active and schedule it as you would an appointment.  The Shape Up activity planner can help you plan and track your activity.
  • Set short-term and long-term goals.  Make your goals specific, measurable and achievable.  Rather than a vague goal like “I will get fit”, try “I will walk every day for 10 minutes after meals” or “I will get off the bus/train two stops earlier than my usual stop”.
  • Build up gradually.  If you are starting a new activity or have been inactive for some time, start at a level that you can manage easily and gradually build up.
  • Choose activities that are right for you.  Do something that you enjoy or go for something different you’ve always wanted to try, such as walking, jogging, joining a team sport, taking a group fitness class, dancing, cycling or swimming.
  • Mix it up.  Consider changing your activities every so often to avoid becoming bored.
  • Plan physical activity with others.  This can help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals.
  • Do not give up before you start to see the benefits.  Be patient and keep at it.
  • HAVE FUN! Physical activity can make you feel good about yourself and it’s a great opportunity to have fun with other people or enjoy some time to yourself.

FINDING TIME TO GET ACTIVE

It can seem hard to find time for physical activity.  One solution is to look for opportunities to build as much physical activity into everyday activities as you can.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Rather than spend five minutes circling a car park looking for that “perfect space” right near the entrance, park five minutes away and spend that time walking instead.
  • If you arrive at a bus or tram stop early, why not make use of the time to walk to the next stop?
  • Walk rather than rest on escalators… it’s quicker so you’ll actually save time! (Or better still, use the stairs).
  • Work in the garden – get into some energetic gardening activities like digging, shifting soil and mowing the lawn to raise your heart-rate.
  • Clean the house! Activities like vacuuming, cleaning windows and scrubbing floors that raise your heart rate are all good examples of moderate intensity physical activity.
  • Park further away from work (or get off public transport a few stops early).  If you walk for 10 minutes to and from work, you’ll have done 20 minutes without even noticing.  Add a 10 minute brisk walk (or more!) at lunch time and you’ve met the guidelines for the day.

ACTIVITY INTENSITY

What is moderate intensity activity?

Moderate-intensity activity will cause a slight but noticeable increase in your breathing and heart rate.  A good example of moderate-intensity activity is brisk walking; that is, at a pace where you are able to talk comfortably, but not sing.  Moderate-intensity activity should be carried out for at least 10 minutes at a time.

What is vigorous activity?

Vigorous activity is where you “huff and puff”; where talking in full sentences between breaths is difficult.  Vigorous activity can come from such sports as football, squash, netball, basketball and activities such as aerobics, speed walking, jogging and fast cycling.

Note: If you are pregnant, have been previously inactive, or suffer from any medical conditions, it is recommended that you seek medical advice before commencing vigorous physical activity.

WHAT SHOULD I BE EATING

Eating a diet that includes a variety of nutritious foods every day helps us maintain a healthy weight, feel good and fight off chronic disease.

Best of all, healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard if you follow these seven golden rules:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Eat more vegetables and fruit
  3. Watch how much you eat – even foods that are good for us, when eaten in large portions, can lead to weight gain
  4. Eat less processed food
  5. Eat regular meals – don’t skip meals – and always start the day with a healthy breakfast (e.g. a bowl of hi fibre cereal with sliced banana and low fat milk)
  6. Restrict your alcohol intake
  7. Remember that some foods are high in added fat, salt and sugar and so are best eaten only sometimes or in small amounts.  Examples include lollies, chocolate, biscuits, cakes, pastries, soft drinks, chips, pies, sausage rolls and other takeaways.

To help you eat well every day, check out these healthy recipes and snack suggestions, tips for staying on track when eating out, our guide to healthy eating on a budget, and tips for drinking to health.

Snack suggestions

  • Add fruit and yoghurt to low fat milk and blend them together to make a great tasting smoothie.
  • A slice of wholegrain bread or raisin toast with a healthy spread such as avocado or low-fat cream cheese, makes a filling, healthy snack.
  • A piece of fruit – like a banana or apple – can make a great “on the run” snack.
  • Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar or packet of chips, try vegetable sticks with low-fat hummus.
  • An occasional handful of unsalted nuts or dried fruit makes a nutritious snack.
  • Grab a tub of natural low-fat yoghurt and add your own fruit.
  • Air-popped popcorn with a sprinkling of salt makes a great afternoon snack.
  • When the weather is hot, fruits such as oranges and grapes make delicious frozen snacks.

Other useful links:

Australian Dietary Guidelines www.eatforhealth.gov.au

Stay On Track When Eating Out Fact Sheet

Your Guide To Buying Fruit And Veg In Season Fact Sheet

Information sourced from this Government Website: http://www.shapeup.gov.au/start-shaping-up

The Best-Kept Secret to a Healthy Life – Give a Little

May 26, 2013

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Volunteering has always been viewed as good for your soul. Now it turns out that it’s also good for your health and your career.

Recent research conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National & Community Service reveals that charitable work literally makes the heart grow stronger. Individuals with coronary artery disease who participate in volunteer activities after suffering a heart attack report a reduction in despair and depression, and that, in turn, rives down mortality and adds years to life. It’s also true that those who volunteer have fewer incidents of heart disease in the first place.

Surprisingly, you don’t need to devote huge chunks of time to doing good activities to reap their health benefits. The research shows tangible positive changes by volunteering just 100 hours per year–a figure that works out to a not-too-onerous two hours per week.

In addition, you can combine altruism with ambition to give your professional career a boost. Nonprofits have long offered a golden opportunity to network and learn new skills in different areas, something that, in turn, will make you more valuable back in the office. The economic slump blew open that secret, though; according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, social enterprise organizations have been swamped with business-savvy professionals looking to burnish their resumes.

Ironically, some of the best opportunities for volunteer work that benefits your karma and your career may come from your company. Research from the Center for Work-Life Policy shows that high-potential employees–mostly women but also a significant percentage of men–are seriously motivated by a desire to give back to the world and increasingly seek out employers that allow them to participate on company time. Gen Y employees especially say that having volunteer opportunities available to them at work makes them more likely to to choose an employer in the first place–and more likely to stay there.

Smart companies, in turn, are partnering with a variety of community service organizations. By helping valued employees fulfill their dreams and accelerate their careers, employers are betting that their A-team’s enthusiasm will pay off in renewed engagement and loyalty.

Since 2003, Cisco Systems  has operated an innovative program that blends career development for high-potential, senior-level employees with the company’s philanthropic and community-relations goals. Cisco’s Leadership Fellows Program enables “top talent leaders”–defined as self-motivated, high-performing and high-potential vice presidents and directors–to work with a nonprofit organization for up to one year and then return to their former position, inspired, rejuvenated and armed with enhanced leadership skills. The Fellows are considered full-time Cisco employees and receive their salaries and benefits during their period of service.

Candidates for the program go through a rigorous selection process, interviewing at Cisco as well as one of the 26 participating nonprofit organizations. Each Fellow is matched with a nonprofit assignment that requires his or her specific business expertise and that will improve their management and technical skills. To date, 31 Fellows have been chosen, and come from all areas of the company, including engineering, marketing, finance and administration.

Molly Tschang recently served as temporary executive director of NetHope, a consortium of leading non-governmental organizations, as it conducted a search for someone to permanently fill the job. Tschang helped NetHope leverage technology to build and strengthen relationships among 17 international agencies that are important players in the developing world. For Cisco, her enhanced skills in collaboration and negotiation not only will enhance her performance when she returns to work, but may also enable her to generate future business.

Ernst & Young’s Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program appeals to top performers looking for a way to give back to the world through work while exploring a new country and culture. The Fellows program sends a highly select group of high-octane talent to low-income countries for three months at full pay. They use their skills to galvanize promising local entrepreneurs at a critical point in their business–typically providing help they couldn’t otherwise afford–and help jump-start growth in these emerging markets. “Fellows come back rejuvenated, transformed,” reports Maria Pena, Americas leader of entrepreneurship-corporate responsibility. “They love it.”

Simply giving employees access to charitable work through their jobs is an effective way to amp up engagement. Every April, Sodexo, the leading provider of food and facilities management services in North America, holds an annual Sodexo Servathon as part of its Stop Hunger commitment. Employees join forces to raise money, donate food and serve meals in their local communities. Projects vary from city to city, and include canned food drives, donations of surplus food, cleaning food banks, fundraisers and free training on food safety for food banks and homeless shelters. During Servathon 2008, more than 33,000 Sodexo employees donated food and served meals to hungry men, women and children, and raised more than $52,000.

Similarly, in 2008, Moody’s Corporation launched Moody’s Afternoon of Community Service, a program in which employees from a single department spend at least a half-day working with a not-for-profit organization on a specific project. Moody’s corporate social responsibility department works with the company’s existing community partners as well as New York Cares, which coordinates corporate volunteer efforts for community organizations. Volunteers have worked in soup kitchens, planted flower bulbs, tutored students, visited the elderly and helped out at animal shelters.

Immediately following an event, team leaders host a gathering for their group to discuss the experience, further boosting morale and reinforcing camaraderie. Finally, the company asks volunteers to complete a confidential survey. Of the employees who responded to the survey, 96% rated their activity rewarding or very rewarding; 97% wanted to do it again; 89% felt they contributed something worthwhile to the community; 67% built relationships with colleagues they did not usually work with; 51% felt better about the company; and 46% said it made them proud to work for Moody’s.

“This is now the hot thing to do at Moody’s,” says Fran Laserson, president of the Moody’s Foundation. When the program was first introduced, there were 700 participants. “We expect 1,500 employees to sign up this year,” says Laserson.

When it comes to giving back, everybody wins.

This article first appeared: http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/22/volunteering-community-service-corporate-responsibility-forbes-woman-leadership-nethope.html
by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, 12.22.09

Photo: Kane Lorimer Photographer