Trader Joe’s, Westminster Towers, Smart City, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park and Cheney Elementary School are just a few of the many teams that are still actively walking and getting fit together in this fall’s Walk90 Challenge. Here are just a few highlights from our teams.
At First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, 30 congregants took their active and involved nature to the next level by participating in the Walk90 Challenge. “We already have an active church family, but I think the Walk90 Challenge has increased our awareness of how much activity we do individually and gives us an incentive to increase it daily,” said Betsy McKeeby, parish nurse.
The camaraderie and enthusiasm at First United Methodist Church is contagious and its success is in large measure to the total team effort. “We are glad to be a part of such a program,” said Reverend Gary Rideout, minister of congregational care and a Walk90 Challenge participant.
Cheney Elementary School also has a strong contingent and is hoping the “third time’s a charm” for their Walk90 Challenge team as they vies for 1st place in the public school competition. “We walk all day around the school campus , so we might as well keep on walking [for the big cash prize],” said Tracey Gibson, principal of Cheney Elementary School, who is supportive of creating a healthy school culture.
If Cheney ES wins the competition, they plan on applying their cash award ($1000 for first place) toward something healthy for the students and staff. Team Cheney’s advice for fellow Walk90 participants: avoid the elevator, create more walking teams, and during the holidays, use portion control and spend less time watching football on the couch! Get out and enjoy this beautiful Florida weather!
Another strong team is Hadley & Lyden, a 50-year-old Winter Park insurance company, with 13 active Walk90 Challenge corporate participants. April Whitaker, customer service representative for Hadley & Lyden has been the company’s Walk90 Challenge coordinator and cheerleader. April had participated in Healthy Central Florida’s (HCF) Sole Challenge (single day walk) last year with her son and had a great time. This year, though, she said she needed some additional accountability to walk for the full 90 days and decided to recruit her co-workers.
“Our employee group activity primarily consisted of our annual holiday party. The Walk90 Challenge has offered a healthy employee activity that gets us motivated to walk before, during and after work,” said Whitaker. Thank you, April and Team H&L!
And thanks to all the great teams and individuals. We hope that everyone uses these last 30 days to stay healthy and on track during the challenging party season. Walk strong!