Healthification Has Mercy Jumping

May 13, 2011

By Mercy's Tina Rockhold

Health·i·fi·ca-tion – verb 1. The process of getting your health groove on. 2. The act of transforming oneself from an unhealthy being into a physically fit specimen.

Healthification is designed to encourage well-balanced, healthier lifestyles through nutrition, physical activity, emotional and spiritual wellness, and smoking cessation.

The initiative, recently introduced by the Sisters of Mercy Health System, has reached a fever pitch with the approach of National Employee Health and Fitness Day May 18 and the release of a promotional rap video. Performed by rapper M.C. Spookytooth, the video features Mercy co-workers – from surgical techs to radiologists – performing jumping jacks in preparation for the Mercy Million.

“The idea behind the Mercy Million is not only to get people moving but also remind us that exercise can be fun, especially when we do it together,” said Vik Khanna, Mercy’s executive director of health and wellness. “We chose jumping jacks because most Americans learn them as a child. They can also be modified so anyone with limited mobility can still participate. Just think, fitness legend Jack LaLanne did jumping jacks for years and lived to be 96.”

The jumping jack challenge will feature 38,000 co-workers across the four-state region attempting to achieve one of the largest one-day fitness activities at work, all in an effort to get people moving.

Brent Miller
AKA "M.C. Spookytooth"

“By enabling our co-workers to be better stewards of their most precious personal resource, their bodies, we can collectively become a stronger, more productive workforce,” Khanna said. “We are at risk for serious health problems if we don’t get a handle on some of our unhealthy habits. Mercy co-workers have the ability, if provided the support, to improve their overall fitness, greatly reducing their disease risks and improving the quality of their lives.”
 

While some co-workers may perform their jumping jacks in private, others will jump in unison in Mercy cafeterias, parking lots, conference centers or lobbies on May 18.

“With 65 percent of Americans overweight and childhood obesity tripling in the past 30 years, we must encourage our co-workers, our families and our friends to exercise,” said Mercy’s health and wellness vice president and medical director, Lance Luria, M.D., who has held health talk sessions across the four states Mercy serves, encouraging co-workers and community members to get healthy. “We can’t afford to sit on our tush any longer and do nothing.”
 

 
 

Healthification Photos for Media Use

01 – Brent Miller, AKA "M.C. Spookytooth", is a Hot Springs, Ark., attorney and wrote the lyrics to "Healthification." On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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02 – Brent Miller, AKA "M.C. Spookytooth", performed in the Healthification video with co-workers from St. Joseph's Mercy in Hot Springs, Ark., including (left to right) Mike Long, Ben Sheppard and Lee Kathryn Frisby. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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03 – Brent Miller, AKA "M.C. Spookytooth", performed in the Healthification video with co-workers from St. Joseph's Mercy in Hot Springs, Ark., including (left to right) Ben Sheppard, Mike Long and Lee Kathryn Frisby. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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04 – Co-Workers at St. John's in Springfield, Mo., celebrate Healthification by doing jumping jacks. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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05 – Co-Workers at St. John's in Springfield, Mo., celebrate Healthification by doing jumping jacks. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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06 – Co-Workers at St. John's in Springfield, Mo., celebrate Healthification by doing jumping jacks. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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07 – Theresa Briggs, Kristie Johnson, Dr. Gary Rosas and Kay Carey perform jumping jacks at the Emergency Department at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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08 – Melissa Heidbrink (left), a registered nurse, and ultrasound student Courtney Watts do jumping jacks at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo.. On May 18, 2011, 38,000 Mercy co-workers will attempt to do one million jumping jacks to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
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