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Triple Threat From Beachwood City Schools Wins The Fall Health Action Council Step It Up Challenge

Team OSM from Swagelok and Greatest Step Team! from Beachwood City Schools are second and third place winners

Team Triple Threat from Beachwood City Schools won the Fall Step It Up Challenge and earned themselves a healthy lunch and a $300 donation to either a local school garden project or Ronald McDonald House Charity in their name. The winning team consisted of Jason Downey, Mark Grey and Veronica Wendl. This active group averaged 824,114 average total steps and logged in an amazing 2,472,344 total steps.

“Thank you, the challenge was fun to see what other competitors all over the nation were doing on a daily basis and it motivated me to stay active throughout the entire day,” said Jason Downey, member of the first-place team. “Always pushing me to go one more! I will continue to maintain my steps as I feel more energized with my step counts.”

The second-place winners were Team OSM from Swagelok. Team members Ben Sanda, Gary Clapper, Joe Whitthorne, Jonathan Espersen earned 496,088 average total steps, and a whopping 1,984,354 total steps. Rounding third was Greatest Step Team! from Beachwood City Schools consisting of VK Tabernik, Garth Holman, Suzy Tucker, David Luddington, Tony Srithai, Alise Kulbago, Amy Hazelton, and Shuling Tai Lo amassed 376,739 average total steps and 3,013,918 total steps.

This challenge included 39 teams and 504 total participants who achieved 110,846,394 steps and unlocked a $500 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. 

“One way to identify a healthy workplace is where people work together not only for the betterment of the company, but for the collective health and wellness of the employees,” said Patty Starr, president, and CEO of Health Action Council. “The people who show up, get healthy and encourage each other are not only winning personally, but setting an example for others to feel welcome and join in.”

Individual winners were randomly selected and were among the top 15 steppers. The winners were:

  • Top Stepper Veronica Wendl from Beachwood City Schools team Triple Threat - 1,298,186 steps 
  • Cindy Koller from Cuyahoga Community College 10KSB Rocks! team – 1,077,368 steps 
  • Chelsea Woodland from Hitachi Solutions America Sumo San-itizers team – 614,139 steps 

“This was a great way to push ourselves, while also teaming up with great colleagues! I love an active competition where teammates can support and cheer you on! I was motivated by several factors, one of them being that my teammates were pushing themselves, which in turn made me want to push myself,” said Veronica Wendl, member of the first-place team and Top Stepper, “I'm thankful for not only the opportunity to compete, but with great teammates at that!”

Mini Challenge winners were:

  • Brianna Wolken from team Energizer Asheboro 1 logged in over 10,000 steps, earning a Fitbit Charge 4.
  • Jenn Barr from Lakeland Community College logged in over 60 active minutes, taking home a $10 Starbucks gift card.
  • Suzette Mason from team Energizer Asheboro 1 posted her favorite workout music in the Facebook group page earning her a $10 Spotify gift card.
  • Eric Plummer from team Job Sneakers won the weekend mini challenge by committing to over 10,000 steps every day from Thursday – Sunday and taking home a Fitbit Charge 4 and a $15 Adidas gift card.
  • Alexis Holderman from OHSAA drank at least 8 cups of water a day and won a $15 Panera gift card.
  • Beth Butts from Hitachi Solutions posted a Facebook team picture and collected a Fitbit Charge 4 and a Step It Up t-shirt.
  • Richard Plan from Nextbite achieved over 10,000 steps and attained a $10 Starbucks gift card.
  • Jeffrey Schwarzkopf from City of Toledo posted his favorite Halloween treat while showing how he earns his steps and took home a $15 Target gift card.
  • Kyle Malmberg from Tri-C logged in over 60 minutes and now owns a Fitbit Charge 4 and Step It Up Swag pack.

Encourage employees to step into spring in our 2023 Spring Step It Up Challenge from March 20-April 16! Deadline to register is Friday, March 17. For more information and to register, go here. For additional questions, please contact Noelle Reinhart at [email protected].

About the Health Action Council Step It Up Challenge
The Health Action Council Step It Up Challenge is a no-cost, four-week step program that promotes overall health for the workplace and community. The process is simple. Register a team made up of employees, colleagues, customers, family, and friends. Teams must have at least three participants.

Enjoy some friendly competition this spring with team-based and individual-based challenges. Compete in various weekly mini challenges along the way and win valuable prizes such as gift cards, Fitbits, and swag. Register now!

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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