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Jogging Belles From City Of Toledo Water Distribution Win Health Action Council Step It Up Challenge

Joseph Kreer, Julie Navarro, and Kimberly Nowak are the Individual Winners

All over the country, Health Action Council’s Summer Step It Up Challenge had people walking, jogging, dancing, and accumulating impressive numbers of steps. “Jogging Belles” from City of Toledo Water Distribution were the winners, averaging 733,729 steps per team member and accumulating a whopping 2,201,187 total steps. Team participants Julie Navarro, Charlene Levy, and Mary Lewis won their team a healthy lunch and a donation to a local school garden project or Ronald McDonald House Charity in their name.

This national challenge attracted 527 total participants who logged in an impressive 111,586,316 total steps. Collectively, they unlocked a $400 donation for a local school garden, sponsored by CBIZ. Through the MoveSpring platform, participants had access to daily healthy habit reminders such as staying hydrated, practicing mindfulness, getting the recommended daily serving of fiber, and getting outdoors to increase vitamin D levels.

“Each time we have a competition, the results are more impressive and inspirational,” said Patty Starr, President & CEO of Health Action Council. “Adding healthy habits reminders, mindfulness, and encouraging the use of the great outdoors are such important aspects of a person's total well-being, and it is impressive that these teams embrace total health during the challenge and encourage others.”

The 2nd Place Team was “Rapid Thigh Movement” from Beachwood City Schools, averaging 630,139 steps per team member and 1,890,418 total steps. Team Participants were Lisa Morgan, Patti Krupinski, and Katie Ball, and they received a healthy lunch up to $150 and a $200 donation to either a local school garden project or Ronald McDonald House Charity. The 3rd Place Team was “TheTacosReturn” with 607,154 average steps per team member and 3,035,772 total steps. Team Participants were Jeff Szczecinski, Steven Silvaroli, Kim Silvaroli, Laura Szczecinski, and Will First, winning Step It Up swag.

The individual winners were Joseph Kreer from Hitachi Solutions with an unreal 1,028,226 total steps, Julie Navarro from City of Toledo Water Distribution with 880,043 total steps, and Kimberly Nowak from Beachwood City Schools – 605,771 total steps. These winners were chosen from the Top 15 Steppers and received a new Fitbit Charge 5.

Participant, Mary Lewis said, “I enjoy it because it keeps me accountable and forces me to get more steps than I do on a normal day.”

Mini challenge winners, include:

  • Chloe Hart from Mac Haik Management won a Fitbit Charge 4 for completing over 10,000 steps.
  • Mary Milazzo from Heidelberg University won a Fitbit Charge 4 for posting in the Facebook Challenge Group Page that she got her steps in by walking her dog.
  • Matt Butler from Lake Shore Cryotronics won a $10 Starbucks gift card for drinking over 8 cups of water in one day for the hydration challenge.
  • Kathryn Valenzuela from SVVSD and Esteban Acuna from Hitachi Solutions won Fitbit Charge 4 devices for completing over 10,000 steps each day in a four-day mini challenge.
  • Rachael Sedlack from Team Tri-C won a $10 Panera gift card for posting her favorite healthy recipe on our Facebook Group page.
  • Noe Castillo from Mac Haik Enterprises won a Fitbit Charge 4 for completing over 10,000 steps.

Interested in joining our Fall Step It Up Challenge? We invite all members and non-members to participate. Register here!

In partnership with MoveSpring, the Step It Up Challenge is a four-week step program that brings employers all the benefits of an official step program without all the administrative hassles, while improving health and wellness.

For questions about the Step It Up Challenge, please 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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