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Health Action Council’s Healthy Kids Fall Step It Up Challenge Winners Announced

Old Kids on the Block from Painesville City Schools Wins the Fall Challenge

Old Kids on the Block from Painesville City Schools earned the win for the Health Action Council Healthy Kids Fall Step It up Challenge. As the Top Steppers, they will receive $1,500 towards health improvement for their school. Participants Maria Reynosa, Ronda Guthrie and Tina Faur worked their way daily to win it, logging in 1,996,530 steps with average total steps of 665,510.

The Healthy Kids Fall Step It Up Challenge is a no-cost step program that promotes overall health and well-being for Ohio based schools and the community. Teams consist of employees, colleagues, or parents, with a minimum of three participants.   
All participants rallied, with a record amount of wellness warriors, totaling 613 participants and 106 teams. This active group totaled 130,545,953 steps, which unlocked a $500 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio.

“When people get together, move, eat right and reach goals, it is a collective win for all,” said Patty Starr, President & CEO of Health Action Council. “Setting good examples about health and wellness, while having fun is the best gift to give our children and ourselves.”

OHSAA district board region winners are:
Northwest: Bluffton Pirates from Bluffton Local Schools
Northeast: Step Brothers from Painesville City Schools
Central: Dublin Jerome Celtics from Dublin Jerome High School
East: Fort Frye Cadets from Fort Frye Local Schools
Southwest: Angels in Motion from Holy Angels Catholic School
Southeast: Sheridan High School

These schools each won $1,000 for achieving the most steps in their OHSAA district board regions. “This challenge was a great chance for us to work for a better balance in what we do to stay healthy. We developed and modeled habits that we can use to maintain our health for quite some time going forward,” said Domenic Wlodyka, Assistant Principal of Harvey High School. “It was a great opportunity for friendly competition in the building and we look forward to similar challenges like this in the future.”

While everyone benefitted, the following were mini challenge winners, sponsored by CVS Health:

  • Stephanie Stratton with team NELSD from Northeastern Local Schools logged in over 10k steps, earning her a Fitbit Charge 4.
  • Andrew Tabler, with Team Ashland City Schools from Ashland City Schools worked an impressive 60 active minutes, successfully acquiring a $10 Starbucks gift card.
  • Dorie Hoffman from Stepping It Up—Maple Elementary of Painesville City Schools posted her favorite workout music in the challenge group chat, earning her a $10 Spotify gift card.
  • David Miller with Spartan Steppers of Richmond Heights Local Schools dominated the weekend mini challenge with 10,000+ steps every day, Thursday through Sunday, yielding a Fitbit Charge 4 and $15 Adidas gift card 
  • Tricia Bond of the Maumee Panthers from Gateway Middle Schools hydrated her way to a $15 Panera gift card by drinking at least 8 cups of water per day.
  • Mercedes Flores of the Wobbly Wheels from Painesville City Schools encouraged her teammates by posting a team picture on Facebook, and now owns a Fitbit Charge 4 and Step-It-Up t shirt.

“It’s amazing when people come together, encourage each other, have fun and become a healthier version of themselves,” said Starr. “We couldn’t be happier for this group and more grateful for their enthusiastic participation.”

Interested in joining the Spring 2023 Challenge March 20 - April 9? Contact Noelle Reinhart at [email protected]

About Health Action Council
Health Action Council is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization representing mid and large-size employers that enhances human and economic health through thought leadership, innovative services, and collaboration. It provides value to its members by facilitating projects that improve the quality and moderate the cost of healthcare purchased by its members for their employees, dependents, and retirees. Health Action Council also collaborates with key stakeholders - health plans, physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry - to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the community.

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