Brookfield, WI, August 17, 2016Sharpery, Wasketball, Office Chair Rowing, Boxing . . . Competition was fierce at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans' Office Olympics event on Tuesday, August 16 in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

 About 50 employees represented 11 countries in five competitions including Sharpery (archery using flip charts and sharpie markers), Wasketball (basketball using waste baskets and recycled paper), Shot Put (performed using bocce balls from the summer office bocce league), Boxing (stacking empty boxes while wearing boxing gloves) and Office Chair Rowing.

 The International Foundation's goal with Office Olympics was to build camaraderie and teamwork, incorporating elements of workplace wellness.  "Wellness isn't just about physical health anymore," said Julie Stich, CEBS, Vice President of Content at the International Foundation. "We're seeing a more holistic approach incorporating mental health and social well-being."

 The International Foundation is not alone in hosting events like Office Olympics. Their Workplace Wellness Trends: 2015 Survey Results report found that 82% of organizations offer wellness-related initiatives. Almost 60% of employers report their primary reason for offering wellness initiatives is to invest in employee health and engagement.

 "As an employee benefits organization, we are surrounded by data pointing to the value of workplace wellness programs," said Terry Davidson, International Foundation Executive Vice President.  "When people get away from their desks and collaborate with those from other departments during fun and positive wellness activities, you see it break down any communication barriers.  This translates directly into the work environment."

In case you're wondering, Team Madagascar took home the most gold medals, in Office Chair Rowing and Boxing. For more information on workplace wellness survey results, visit




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