Team captain Steve Compton attributes success to more walking, better eating habits and a healthy spirit of competition.
As the BizicallyFIT™ 2012 Health Challenge drew to a close May 6, the six people on Hennepin County Government’s Skywalkers team were indeed walking a little lighter. Throughout the 12-week competition, the team had exercised an average 88 minutes per day—enough to snag first place in the Challenge’s Exercise category, which measures the minutes exercised by each team each week. In total, 10,000 participants on more than 1,600 teams competed in the Challenge.
“We are all a little thinner and likely a little stronger,” says Steve Compton, Skywalkers team captain. “I am really proud of the team’s efforts. Every individual was key to that success.”
The Skywalkers team’s three women and three men walked, biked, ran, gardened and broke a sweat on the local softball field as much as they could. While family events and travel posed challenges for some at times, the team continued to fit in exercise wherever and whenever it could. In part, Compton attributes his team’s enduring momentum to the competitive spirit fostered by the Challenge.
“To see our rank in each category climb each week and to eventually top the minutes exercised and climb into the top ten in steps and to go from 250th in weight loss to 30 something was great motivation,” he says.
The Skywalkers team is part of 1,086 individuals who joined the Challenge on a Hennepin County Government employee team. In total, Hennepin County Government teams exercised 1,764,465 minutes and walked 248,050,732 steps – enough to walk around the earth 3.78 times.
Beyond the fun of his team’s win, Compton says the Challenge has also benefited team members by instilling in them a “habit of exercise” that all plan to continue. For others trying to enjoy better health and fitness, Compton’s mantra is simple: “Everything in moderation – except exercise,” he says.
About the BizicallyFIT™ 2012 Health Challenge
The BizicallyFIT™ 2012 Health Challenge is a free statewide competition designed to encourage Minnesota’s employers to help employees adopt healthy lifestyles. The Challenge is sponsored by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota, a group of Minnesota companies joined together to create fun, engaging and informative events and competitions to help Minnesotans get and stay healthy. Alliance members that make this challenge possible include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Cargill, Medica, the Midwest Dairy Association and Target. Learn more at www.healthiermn.com or contact Brianna Chambers at 612-802-3440 or email@example.com.