Know which Middle Tennessee company topped Nashville Business Journal's list of residential brokerage firms two years in a row? And in 2015 donated over 11,000 service hours and $184,000 toward Middle Tennessee charities? And in 2016 donated over $90,000 to the Middle Tennessee Make-A-Wish Foundation? And in 2016 placed first in The Tennessean's Top Workplaces list? If you answered Parks, you'd be correct.
Bob Parks cares about people and believes in taking care of those who work for him. Therefore, it's no surprise that Parks is now partnering with Foundation Wellness, LLC on a wellness program and in a big way. Mr. Parks and his managing brokers, led by the company's Fitness, Finances, and Fun committee, believe in doing things to foster their workforce's pursuit of optimal health and vitality. "We believe this initiative is an important part of creating a magnificent life for Parks agents," Mr. Parks shared with FW. "We’re excited to begin the health and wellness program to round off the wonderful training and education that we offer to our agents." In this vein, Parks Realty will be gradually rolling out an onsite yoga program at eight locations, beginning in Murfreesboro on May 10th. And before beginning yoga at each Parks location, I will be speaking at the office's sales meeting the preceding week, explaining to the agents what is going to be taking place, some of the benefits of group exercise and the benefits of yoga in particular.
Yoga is an ideal way to kickoff a wellness program. A regular yoga practice decreases stress, anxiety, and resting blood pressure; increases strength and endurance levels; and improves balance and mobility. No matter your fitness goal, there is something for you in a regular yoga practice. There is even a growing body of evidence that yoga has a positive effect on direct medical spending.
Regular yoga also leads to improved self-awareness and self-esteem and causes one to be a more mindful eater. In a 2015 article from Harvard Health Publications, the authors point out that these yoga practitioners are "more in tune with their bodies" and consequently "may be more sensitive to hunger cues and feelings of fullness." The article goes on to state there is empirical evidence that this leads to weight loss:
Researchers found that people who practiced yoga for at least 30 minutes once a week for at least four years, gained less weight during middle adulthood. People who were overweight actually lost weight. Overall, those who practiced yoga had lower body mass indexes (BMIs) compared with those who did not practice yoga. Researchers attributed this to mindfulness. Mindful eating can lead to a more positive relationship with food and eating.
So, Parks agents, we hope you will take advantage of this wonderful resource that Bob is now providing, one with benefits ranging from improved muscular strength to cardiorespiratory endurance to weight control. Foundation Wellness is proud to be your new wellness partner! For more information on yoga and its many benefits, please visit the links above. And for those of you who aren't Parks associates, please consult the "getting started" page of fwnashville.com to learn more about beginning a wellness program at your place of business.