ST. JOHN | Lake Central School Corporation conducted a “Walking for Wellness” challenge to employees during the month of April. District wide, 333 employees recorded the number of steps they took daily in an effort to help their school complete the highest average per participant. Schools also received points based on the percentage of employees who participated and turned in a tally sheet. District wide, the average number of steps for the month was 225,049 while the winning school, Homan Elementary boasts an average of 247,540 with an incredible 95% participation! The Wellness Committee as a whole received a lot of positive feedback on the activity and plan to conduct another contest in the fall.
The following is a brief review of how district champions from Homan Elementary “stepped up” to the Walking for Wellness initiative as described by Homan’s Wellness Committee representative, Melody Wolff:
The people that work at Homan are like an extended family. This past school year we set up a monthly exercise initiative. When the ‘Walking for Wellness’ challenge came up for April it seemed a perfect fit for everyone at Homan. Going around asking people if they would like to participate was easy. The majority of responded positively “yes”. The common phrase in passing was ‘what’s your number?’ This brought a smile as we compared pedometers. As the month progressed the moral of everyone was happier and more cheerful. Weekly numbers were posted and it showed the average steps were going up. Homan was walking. When the challenge was over, some people had established a routine and are going to continue on their own. The goal was to get as many people walking as possible - we exceed anyone’s expectation.