New York Stock Exchange Gets Active

Participants of the Get ACTV group run in New York.

Even in the business-first madness of Wall Street, active lifestyles are taking center stage.

That much was certain in New York on Thursday, when more than 80 people participated in the New York Stock Exchange's "Get ACTV Day" with the Active Network.

To welcome a partnership between the now-publicly traded Active Network (ACTV) and the NYSE, Active helped organize four one-hour workouts for NYSE employees. There was a beginner walk, an intermediate run, a fitness boot camp and a meditation and relaxation yoga session.

Thursday's program was just one of a number of ways the NYSE is encouraging health and wellness among its employees.

"We are very much interested in the health and well-being of our employees," said Sandi Stein, vice president for global benefits at NYSE Euronext. "We care about them being productive in their lives, with their families and at work."

The NYSE offers gym memberships and other programs like a stair-climbing club (there are lots of stairs in New York) and a table tennis tournament. Recently, they organized a corporate challenge to promote fitness.

"We asked the staff to attain 500 minutes of physical activity over a 5-week period, with the chance to ring the opening bell with our CEO," Stein said.

Thursday's Get ACTV program featured running and walking at Battery Park, a yoga session at the NYSE office and an ActiveX strength-training session at Crunch Gym in lower Manhattan. ActiveX is a corporate wellness program offered to Active Network employees.

Trainers from Crunch Gym helped lead the ActiveX session, and Ambassadors were on hand to provide inspiration and lead the group run and walk.

Stein was thrilled that Thursday's program was another way to get employees out and about. It's one of many ideas offered as part of NYSE Euronext's health and wellness initiative.

"We also just launched a corporate championship network. We're asking our staff to get together, put a running club together, put a walking club together, do events, things like that," Stein said.

"Management is endorsing this, making sure people understand that from the top they have the support. We want our staff to know that we live and breathe these values also."

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