Many people are familiar with the term “selfie” (social media slang for a self portrait), but have you ever heard of a “healthy selfie?”
In honor of Men’s Health Month, 29 male employees at Bassett Medical Center are showing off their healthy selfies to encourage and inspire other men to get in shape and stay active, according to Bassett’s spokeswoman Karen Huxtable.
Bassett’s wellness committee is sponsoring the “Healthy Selfie” contest on Facebook to increase awareness of men’s health issues this month, Huxtable said.
“Hospital employees are known for taking care of others,” Huxtable said, “but it’s also important that they make sure to take care of themselves.”
The employees, ranging from doctors to security officers to maintenance workers, posted their selfies to Bassett’s Facebook page to show patients and the community how they stay healthy, Huxtable said.
Patients and Facebook followers will vote for their favorite selfie by clicking “like” on a particular photo, according to Huxtable. The three photos with the most likes by the end of voting on June 23 will win $100, $75 and $50 gift certificates to a local sports store.
The selfies range in content from sporty (hiking, biking, kickboxing, swimming, yoga, playing golf, scuba diving) to quirky (zip lining, shoveling manure, running a chainsaw.)
All are examples of ways to get moving, according to Brain Savage, a Bassett employee who participated in the contest.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said Savage. “It shows everybody doing a wide variety of exercises and showing different interests. I think it will inspire people.”
Savage, Bassett’s manager of reimbursement, said he stays healthy by running, skiing and “chasing after his children.”
Since college, Savage has also made an effort to incorporate exercise into his daily routine by biking or running to work, he said. His healthy selfie shows him hiking near the border of Massachusetts with a rattlesnake in the foreground.