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How To: Start a Healthy Living Club at Work or School

January is Healthy Living Month here at Repair the World. Stop by all month long for interviews with our favorite health-focused organizations, inspiring stories, and tips to change your life while changing the world.

With January quickly ticking by, maybe your resolutions to get or stay healthy in 2014 have fallen by the wayside. Fortunately, you have all the tools you need: your coworkers or classmates! Find a few likeminded people at work or school and start a DIY Healthy Living Club.

Together, you’ll motivate yourselves and one another to keep up with your healthy living resolutions and begin good habits now – before Passover’s matzo ball and brisket-fest kicks into high gear. Here’s how:

Start a Weekly Yoga Club. Have a coworker or classmate who is a budding yogi? Enlist them in leading your group in a weekly, 30 minute yoga class at the beginning of the day, at lunchtime, or before everyone goes home. If you have the group but need a teacher, seek out a yoga student who is training for his or her teaching certification. They need to rack up instruction hours and will likely be willing to lead you for cheap or even free.

Schedule Walking Meet Ups. Spending all day at your desk or in classes is ironically exhausting, and not great for your overall health. Pick a time to meet up with your coworkers or classmates for a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood or quad. The sunshine and fresh air will make everyone more productive.

Host a Healthy Lunch Potluck. Once a week, schedule a healthy lunch potluck where everyone brings something wholesome and nutritious to share for lunch. Set ground rules in advance with the group – like no refined white flour or sugar, or all vegetarian, or whatever makes sense for your group.

Hold Water Cooler Contests. Help encourage water drinking at the office by holding a contest. Hang a chart near the water cooler with everyone’s name on it and give everyone a reusable water bottle. Have them put a check by their name every time they fill up their water bottle. The person with the most checks at the end of the week wins a prize – and the hydration admiration of their peers.

Plan a Weekend Excursion. If you really like your coworkers or classmates, schedule a hike or basketball game for the weekend. Aside from being fun, it will be the talk of Monday morning.

What are your healthy living tips for the office or at school? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting @repairtheworld.

Top 5 Ways to Volunteer While Getting Healthy

January is Healthy Living Month here at Repair the World. Stop by all month long for interviews with our favorite health-focused organizations, inspiring stories, and tips to change your life while changing the world.

Lots of people begin each January with resolutions. Some folks resolve to get healthy – to eat better, exercise more, or give up an unhealthy habit. Others make a resolution to volunteer more often and engage with their communities. We say, why not combine the two? Here are our Top 5 ways to volunteer while getting healthy. Win. Win.

Be a Big. Enroll with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and you’ll get paired up with an awesome kid who can double as an exercise buddy. Shoot hoops together, go on a hike, or try kayaking or bowling together with your “Little.” You’ll make connections and change not one life, but two!

Staff a Health Fair. Volunteer to run a table or help set up or clean up at a local health fair. While there, chat up all the great organizations and health providers in attendance.

Volunteer at a Yoga studio. Are you a yoga fiend? Get your stretch on while making a difference. Most yoga studios have some kind of work study program where you volunteer a few hours a week or month at the studio and get free or reduced-price classes. The Kripalu Center, a well-loved yoga retreat center in Massachusetts, also has a great, 6-month volunteer program for those who want to make a long-term commitment.

Run it Out. Volunteer with a local fitness and community organization like the New York Road Runners. Help others achieve their fitness resolutions by staffing a race, and get hooked into a health-focused community.

Play for Peace. Peace Players International is an awesome organization that uses basketball to bring children together in conflict-ridden countries like South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel, the West Bank, and Cyprus. Volunteer at one of their sites and make a difference in kids lives while shooting hoops for peace.

What’s your favorite way to get fit while volunteering? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting @repairtheworld.