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  • Assurance colleagues Jennifer Jungers and Suzi Stephens get in the wellness spirit by doing a "walking lunch" at nearby Busse Woods in Schaumburg.

      Assurance colleagues Jennifer Jungers and Suzi Stephens get in the wellness spirit by doing a "walking lunch" at nearby Busse Woods in Schaumburg.

  • Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

      Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

 
By Jill Micklow
Wellness Specialist

Assurance has been a longtime proponent of corporate wellness programs, as it has empowered our employee base and provided them with both short and long-term benefits. Our faith in corporate wellness is what drove us to become the exclusive sponsor of the Daily Herald Fittest Loser competition. Through this competition, our goal is to show that wellness does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. Each week, we'll be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere.

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Get Movin' with Four Simple Steps:

1. Walk with a colleague or client.

Invite a co-worker to join you for a walking break, meeting or appointment.

2. Sit up straight.

Sound too simple? Actually, sitting up straight and tightening your stomach muscles can make a big difference in your posture (and it helps prevent back pain too!).

3. Stretch your body (and your mind).

A few good stretches can help relax your body and clear your mind. You can stretch while working at a computer, talking on the phone or just for the fun of it!

4. Explore your workplace options.

Do you always use the same restroom, water fountain and route to your office? Enjoy a few extra steps by using facilities that are farther away!

• Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team. With a passion for improving the health of companies and their employees, Jill works closely with her clients to create large-scale corporate wellness programs. After first identifying her client's specific health and wellness goals, Jill then helps to develop, implement and manage a strategic wellness program tailored to their needs. Additionally, she works closely with Assurance's Benefits Communications Specialist to develop supplementary marketing materials to promote the success of these initiatives. Through education, motivation and engagement, Assurance clients and their employees see an improvement in overall health, morale, productivity and ROI thanks to Jill's efforts. Jill joined Assurance in 2009 and has since received certifications as a Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager (CWWPM). Prior to Assurance, she graduated Summa cum Laude from St. Norbert College with a bachelor's degree in business and finance.

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