SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (June 8, 2017) – The Southfield CommUNITY Cup kicked off, Thurs., June 8, at the Southfield Community Centre Plaza with the leadership of Health Alliance Plan’s wellness team. The CommUNITY Cup encourages a healthier lifestyle and better collaboration among employees.
The CommUNITY Cup is a series of challenges in which 16 companies, with Southfield offices, compete against each other for first place bragging rights.
“It’s a delight to be a major supporter of the first Southfield CommUNITY Cup. This is a fun way for Southfield businesses to get to know each other,” said Tom Spring, director of wellness and community programs, HAP. “We’re also hoping that some of the activities and camaraderie with the employees will encourage Southfield workers to be more active.”
The cornhole tournament, which took place at the June 8 kickoff, was the first of five events for participants of the CommUNITY Cup. HAP and other participating companies will compete at the June 15 Quiz Bowl tournament at the Best Western Premier Hotel and at the June 22 goofy golf scramble at Beech Woods Golf Course.
In addition, each company will collect canned goods to support the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Each company will use all the canned goods they collect as building blocks for the can-structure challenge.
The kickball tournament on June 29 at Ingelnook Park and the can-struction competition on July 13 are open the public.
The company that earns the most points from all five activities will be named the Southfield CommUNITY Cup winner at the closing ceremony following the can-struction completion on July 13.
HAP’s work with the City of Southfield is one of other community outreach programs. In the past, HAP has sponsored the Taste of Southfield and currently offers free aquatics and exercise classes for people 65 and over at the Southfield community center.
Health and wellness is a key focus for HAP. In fact, HAP considers sitting to be a threat to our health. HAP experts agree that sitting for prolonged periods of time, particularly for office workers, can put these workers at a considerably higher risk of developing chronic illnesses like obesity and cardiovascular disease.
“If you are one of the millions of people who sit chronically, make it a habit to get up and move every hour of the day,” said Spring. “Little movements add up. For example, don’t write an email to the person sitting down the hall from you. Get up and go talk to them. Set your printer settings for the printer across the office and get up and move an extra minute. Park a little farther out and enjoy the extra minute walking to and from your office.”
Events like the CommUNITY Cup will encourage employees to get together for a quick walk or participate in sports activities during the work day. Any extra exercise will aid wellness and stave off chronic illnesses.
About Health Alliance Plan
Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan that provides health coverage to more than 650,000 members and companies of all sizes. For more than 50 years, HAP has partnered with leading doctors and hospitals, employers and community organizations to enhance the health and well-being of the lives we touch. HAP offers a product portfolio with six distinct product lines: Group Insured Commercial, Individual, Medicare, Medicaid, Self-Funded and Network Leasing. HAP excels in delivering award-winning preventive services, disease management and wellness programs, and personalized customer service. For more information, visit hap.org.
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