In May, LJB staff and spouses were challenged to dig out their walking shoes for the first “Let’s Just Walk” step program, sponsored by LJB’s wellness committee. For the 12-week competition, participants were provided a pedometer to track how many steps they took each day.
Participants were organized into teams of five people for support and a little friendly competition. As with any good challenge, LJB also provided some incentive. Individuals who reached 300,000 steps by the six-week milestone and 600,000 steps by the 12-week milestone would win gift cards. The overall male, female and team with the most steps at the end of the competition also received rewards.
More than 85 participants signed up, including 18 spouses. A remarkable 80 percent of participants reached their six-week goal and 78 percent achieved their 12-week goal. Participants walked more than 58 million steps in 12 weeks, which is equal to 29,503 miles. That’s enough to circle the globe with 4,600 miles to spare. At a special awards event, LJB gave out more than $4,000 in gift cards to participants.
Congratulations to all our participants for stepping up to the challenge. I want to extend a special congratulations to Mike and Holly Metz, the overall male and female winners. I also want to recognize Team Pedestrian Effort for winning the team competition.
The best part about this competition is that it has changed behaviors and lifestyles for many employees. LJBers are walking together at lunch, walking and biking to work, and moving around the office more. One employee bought his first pair of tennis shoes and another’s dog lost six pounds during the competition.
The wellness committee is excited about the success of this competition and is looking forward to more opportunities to make LJB one of the healthiest employers in our region.