The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center recently partnered with Bank of America to offer wellness services to BOA employees.
October 2020 – It’s called preventative maintenance, an upstream approach to health and well-being.
Corporations and organizations are very aware of the many difficulties and challenges employees are facing during the pandemic and the chronic, long-term stress it is causing. One of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s generous donors, Bank of America, is taking a proactive approach.
Bank of America staff in Iowa have launched a series of physical and emotional wellness opportunities for their teammates called Get Iowa Moving. They are running four different activities every other week from September through October. Activities include, walking outdoors, guided mindfulness meditation, chair yoga, and desk exercises. All sessions begin with a reminder of the benefits and programs the bank offers and how to take advantage of them, especially though their employee networks. Bank of America knows that members of their employee networks feel more connected and engaged at work, which is an important component of overall wellness.
“I was talking with my market president about ways we can connect with our team in this virtual world, and she reminded me of her often repeated mantra, ‘Move your body, heal your mind.’ I thought of the things Bank of America is offering teammates across the country like chair yoga and guided mindfulness meditation. I thought it could be a fun way to further engage our Iowa teammates if we made it local and special for us.” Says, Annie Brandt, Bank of America Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Iowa. Annie is also a long-time supporter of the Center, 2019 Women Helping Women co-chair and volunteer.
Would you like to get your team involved in preventative healthcare? Learn more about the Center’s mindfulness offerings HERE.
Written by Allison Peet, certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor.