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Team B Pirates From Bluffton Schools Wins Health Action Council’s Healthy Kids Step It Up Challenge

A collective 577,868 steps earned them $1,500 for their school

What happens when school employees gather to exercise and compete? They model healthy living for their students and earn money towards a health improvement project for their school!

Bluffton school’s team achieved Top Stepper with an amazing 577,868 average total steps to earn their school $1,500, courtesy of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).  

This spring, 25 teams and 254 participants competed, completing an impressive 50,193,603 total steps.  

“Everyone benefits from adopting healthy habits. The easiest way to teach these habits to students is by example,” said Patty Starr, President & CEO of Health Action Council. “This program also gives schools the opportunity to win money for a health improvement project. Participants set a good example and improve health, while benefitting their school.”

Six district winners won $1,000 for their school. The winners were: Horizon Science Academy-Cleveland and Jackson-Milton Local Schools, Sheridan High School, Liberty-Benton Local Schools, Dublin Jerome High School, Fort Frye Local Schools, and Holy Angels Catholic School.

Mini challenge winners, include:

  • Kathryn Lecher from Holy Name High School, with a $10.00 target gift card and achieved over 11,800 daily steps.  
  • Kelly Boerger, North Adams High school won a Fitbit Charge 4 for a Facebook post. She said, “Every step counts! Jennifer Napier, Paula Kell-Bun & Casie Reed and I are in a Step Challenge to show kids how we can all be healthier at school.  
  • Ashley Allan from Holy Name High School won a $10 Starbucks gift card for the hydration challenge.
  • Bobbie Bonner from Gilmour Academy won a Fitbit Charge 4 for a daily step achievement of 13,300.
  • Viangie Gibson from NELSD won a $10 Panera Gift card for a Facebook post.

Interested in joining our Fall Healthy Kids Step It Up Challenge? All Ohio K-12 schools are invited to participate and register their team here!

In partnership with MoveSpring, the Healthy Kids Step It Up Challenge is a three-week step program that brings families, school leaders, teachers, coaches, and communities together to promote improved health and wellness.

For any 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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