Taking the stairs – 4/8/2019

Author: ROBERT S./Friday, April 05, 2019

Rich Liekweg

BJC | Be on the lookout for Trish Lollo, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital president, and me on Wednesday, April 10, as we will both be on the move in support of this year’s CEOs Against Cancer’s “Fit2BeCancerFree” step count challenge.

This challenge, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will include both of us and many other presidents and CEOs from across the nation who will count their steps (what did we do before Fitbits?) to promote a healthy lifestyle. Our Fitbit steps will be linked to a leaderboard posted to cancer.org/CEOchallenge so you can track our progress throughout the day.

Trish and I are hoping to make you proud on April 10. We’ll be posting photos on social media and Workplace throughout the day to document the fun. We’re also inviting all BJC team members to wear their tennis shoes that day and get some extra steps in.

In addition to being a wonderful way to help combat cancer, the day will also serve as an opportunity to promote the importance of exercise and healthy eating … which ties directly to our BJC mission of improving the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO, and Trish Lollo, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital president, display their Fitbits. | Courtesy photos

The work we do together to support events like the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk, Komen Race for the Cure, Pedal the Cause, BikeMS and other health-related events — ultimately — plays a role in promoting good health. It’s important for us to be involved because each of us, as caregivers, should take steps to improve our personal health, just as we do in caring for our patients.

The long winter is finally behind us and this springtime weather is a great motivator to start fresh and develop some new healthy habits, whether it’s kicking tobacco, losing a few pounds or committing to taking more steps every day. So, let’s lace up those tennis shoes, get walking and take the stairs.

And, in case you’re wondering, Trish beat my step count during last year’s challenge … but we’ll see who wins this year!

On a separate note, another big event coming up right around the corner (April 15) is our BJC Employee Engagement Survey. I hope that you will take a few minutes to complete the survey and let us know what you feel is going well and what suggestions you have that will help make your work experience and environment even better. John Beatty, BJC senior vice president and chief human resources officer, will write a guest message in the April 22 edition of this column where he will share more details about the survey with you.

Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO

Email me at RichL@bjc.org and follow me on Twitter @bjc_president.


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