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We came across this in our twitter feed and thought it was a great idea to encourage wellness in the workplace. We have since started a 10,000 step challenge in our office and everyone is upping their step game! We wanted to share this blog by the South Carolina Bar on their “Living Above The Bar” Wellness Program!

From the South Carolina Bar:

In August, you may have seen attorneys talk about how they’re #LivingAboveTheBar on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but what does that mean, and where did the hashtag come from?

As a group, lawyers have high levels of stress, dissatisfaction, burnout, divorce, preventable disease, suicide and substance abuse. Knowing this, SC Bar leaders knew that inaction would only serve to exacerbate these issues. In 2014 the Bar created the Wellness Task Force, and after a successful year made the task force into a standing committee. Living Above the Bar is the Wellness Committee’s program that aims to help lawyers achieve total wellness: mentally, physically and socially.

The committee has secured fitness partners in the community that offer SC Bar members discounts on anything from personal training to massages. They also developed a statewide speakers bureau and hosted a variety of health-focused sessions at the 2015 and 2016 SC Bar Conventions. These resources and more are housed on the committee’s website, www.scbar.org/livingabovethebar, which has an abundance of healthy tips, recipes and information.

Wellness

In August the committee decided to continue the wellness conversation with the “Just for the Health of It” Photo/Video Contest. The contest was led by Website Subcommittee Chair Jasmine D. Smith.

We wanted to reach out to the larger audience of SC Bar members to encourage them to take small steps toward improving their everyday lives,” said Smith. “We hoped the contest would give Bar members the opportunity to interact and discuss key wellness issues on a variety of social media platforms.”

The committee encouraged Bar members and the public to participate in using social media to share their healthy tips, recipes and workout regiments with each other. Multiple submissions were encouraged; however, all photos and videos submitted via social media had to include the hashtag #livingabovethebar and a caption with a brief description to be eligible for prizes. Participants also had the option to email their submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In the end, the contest received more than 175 submissions, addressing a wide range of wellness topics. Three contest winners were randomly selected on Facebook live stream on Sept. 12, and received an Apple Watch, FitbBit and fitness prize pack.

Thank you to all the Bar members and community participants who submitted such impressive videos and photos,” said Smith. “Your contributions will surely encourage members of our Bar to make small changes to live a healthier life.”

Check out the wellness blog at www.scbar.org/livingabovethebar to see all of the contest submissions!

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