GINCC to reward wellness

ISHPEMING – The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is offering community members the chance to win up to $100 for engaging in behaviors that promote individual and community wellness.

GINCC will have a wellness campaign now through June 30, in the hopes of expanding upon recent statewide recognition of both a western Marquette County Community and an event with its Chamber-Wide Wellness program.

The City of Ishpeming was nominated as a finalist of the Michigan Governor’s Fitness Award for Most Active Community, and the 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race was named one of three finalists in the Extraordinary Event category of this year’s MGFA. Both Ishpeming and the Polar Roll will go to Lansing later this month to accept their awards.

“We are thankful for our race directors, outdoor enthusiasts and trail organizations that give our community the chance for adventure,” the release stated.

The campaign focuses on wellness programs that prevent illness and injury, promote health and productivity, and lower the total cost of health care, according to the release.

“We aim to develop and maintain a healthier, more productive workforce and community,” the release stated.

The program will be similar to GINCC’s Holiday Punch Card Campaign, the release stated, with rack card categories such as:

– Assessment: Timely health risk assessments and regular schedules check-ups.

– Education and coaching: Through health coaching and classes, we encourage chamber members to change their health behaviors for the better.

– Interventions: Consulting with health specialists to reduce health risk.

– Recreation: Providing ongoing classes and resources to be active as an individual or in a group. Individuals can provide classes for chamber members or we can promote local ongoing recreational events like 5Ks, gardening, bike rides, and local yoga classes.

GINCC director Danielle LaCavalla said participants in the program will complete five items the rack card and submit the cards to the chamber at 910 U.S. Highway 41 W. in Ishpeming.

The chamber will hold prize drawings at the end of April, May and June, the winner will receive $100 and will also be featured in the Chamber’s weekly email blast, the release stated.

LaCavalla said the rack cards now are available for participants to pick up at the chamber and other participating locations, including U.P. Health Systems and the YMCA or the cards can be printed online from the chamber website, after that date.

To submit a health and wellness program or to learn more, contact GINCC at or call 906-486-1111.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is