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Our Employees Are Walking a Billion Steps Toward Better Health

By Allison Bonner | July 22, 2015 | Careers & Culture, Employee Spotlights

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Walking a billion steps might seem like a big challenge, but that’s just what our CEO, Brad Wilson, has asked us to do as a company.

And we’re already halfway there.

So What Exactly is The Billion Step Challenge?

The Billion Step Challenge doesn’t just encourage employees, family and friends to reach 10,00 steps a day (that’s the American Heart Association recommendation to help reduce the risk of heart and other chronic diseases)it’s also a challenge to find creative ways to move more. Because with our hectic schedules and busy lives there’s no other way to succeed!

Our employees are paving the way with inspiration, and we wanted to share some of their tips since we’re already at the halfway mark with over 500 million steps. These ‘Super Steppers’ are helping us make major strides towards our goal.

Check out some of the smart ways our employees have added more steps to their day:

The Incremental Stepper : Mark Dessauer

Mark writes:

I am proud to be one of the ‘Super Steppers’ and usually strive to reach 10,000 each day. Since getting a Fitbit two years ago, I started using what I like to call ‘one step at a time’ approach to reach my 10,000 steps each day.

My goals do not start out with a five mile run to get my steps in all at once, but rather I try to fit all my steps in each day by wracking them up in smaller segments. I love my Fitbit because it gives me a baseline, and on an average day without any extra activity, I reach about 4,000 steps. So I decided to build upon that number and take advantage of opportunities to be active throughout the day. A few of my favorite ways to squeeze in extra steps include:

  • Taking the dog for a walk before work – it helps both of our moods and only adds an additional ten minutes to my schedule
  • Parking in the back of the parking lot
  • Always take the stairs up and down
  • I try to schedule walking meetings with my coworkers
  • I schedule ‘Get Up’ appointments on my work calendar to remember to stand up and walk for one minute each hour. It is amazing how I can get glued to the computer if I don’t stand up and take a few steps
  • Finally, I give the dog a longer walk with one of my sons when I get home to reach the 10k goal and have some quality dad time with my kids
  • On the weekends I also love to take the whole family to hike our NC Kids in Parks Track Trails to get the whole family involved and enjoy the great outdoors.

The Road Racers: Our Jimmy V Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Team

pic2Our BCBSNC Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon team not only stepped it up to help fight cancer by running with the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, but they also contributed all of their half marathon training steps towards our Billion Step Challenge. Earlier this year, a group of 63 BCBSNC employees, otherwise known as Team V, have been trained for the Rock ‘n’ Roll half and full Marathon. On race day, these employees contributed about 26,000 steps each – that’s over 1.5 million steps in just one day!

Feeling inspired? Check out these 6 Essential Tips to Train for a Half Marathon to learn more about our employee’s journey to the 13.1 finish line, and get your own copy of our Billion Step Challenge Half Marathon Checklist to help you reach a new goal of your own!

The Office Role Models: Meet the Finance Teampic1

Our finance team is always hard at work, but they still find ways to make reaching 10,000 steps a day look like a walk in the park. That’s right, this group proved that with a little hard work and friendly competition, a billion steps may not be that far away.

The finance team decided to host their own mini-challenge – May Madness – and pitted 5 groups against each other to win ultimate office bragging rights.

Competition was stiff, and the winning team only beat the second place team by 168 steps. Nevertheless, one team had to be crowned the winner. The ‘WeBFit’ team won with over 151,556 steps, and everyone in the mini-challenge collectively reached almost 8 million steps in just two weeks! This group has certainly set the bar high for the rest of The Billion Step Challenge.