By Stephanie Stanislao
FCC Content Services Studio
Well, not literally, but they at least walked enough steps — 44,466,124 steps … or 22,233 miles — to total nearly traveling around the world.
On May 30 the employees celebrated the end of their employee-driven “Walking Works” challenge, which was introduced in March as part of the company’s wellness initiative. Participants were given a pedometer to help keep track of their daily steps, which were logged as part of a friendly competition.
Teams of four, as well as individual participants, “stepped up” their health game, competing to win cash prizes.
Although the walking competition was taken seriously, team names were chosen in good fun. Some of the most clever and “punny” names were “The Twisted Blisters”; “Stop Gawking, We’re Walking”; and “Kickin’ Asphalt.”
The competition drew 120 participants throughout The Forum building, some of whom work for The Forum itself, and employees who work for other company divisions.
“Our goal was to get people thinking about being more active and making healthier choices,” said organizer Lisa Tillotson, who also is a member of the Forum’s Wellness Works team. “It was our first effort in getting everyone moving, and overall it went really well.”
“The Commandos”; Michael Vosburg, Jay Ulku, Dave Roepke, Rob Beer; 2,969,010 total steps.
“Stop Gawking, We’re Walking”; Amy Ouren, Alyssa Wiedenmeyer, Jill Colosky, Todd Holland; 2,962,676 total steps.
“Holy Walkamolies”; Jessica Hastings, Sarah Pavek, Paula Walden, Renee Nygren; 2,688,898 total steps.
Andrew Gottenborg; 1,300,762 steps.
Jill Colosky; 1,131,020 steps.
Michael Vosburg; 1,004,650 steps.