This spring, Draper employees had a chance to walk their way to fitness—and to some nice prizes, as well.
214 employees participated in Shape Up and Ship Out—a 600,000 step walking challenge. 170 employees completed the challenge, taking a total of 127,670,134 steps in three-months.
“Walking is proven to improve health with 4 of the top five health risk our employees face,” according to Linda Brinson, Draper’s Safety and Wellness Director. “It helps with BMI, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. It would even be a great replacement for tobacco use—the fifth health risk.”
Here’s the way the contest worked. Participants had to log at least 200,000 steps a month for three months. At the end of each month, everyone who hit the monthly goal was entered in a drawing.
The first monthly prize was a trip to Santa Claus, Indiana. There were three winners: Helen Rust, who works in one of Draper’s projection screen departments; Amy Howard, inside export sales; and Brandon Miller, maintenance.
The winner of the second monthly drawing was Joe James from Draper’s maintenance department. Joe won a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The grand prize was a four-night, five-day cruise for two to the Bahamas, plus round trip gas money to get to the embarkation point. The winner was Jack Nunn, who works in one of Draper’s screen departments.
“What we hoped to accomplish was to keep giving our employees and their families the tools to make healthy lifestyle changes and meet their goals,” according to Linda. “By consistently offering various activities it keeps everyone striving towards better health.”
As you might gather from that last statement, Linda says the Draper Wellness Committee is not relaxing.
“We have a few things up our sleeve to take us through the remainder of 2014,” she says. “Without giving too much information away, it will include steps, cycling, classes and methods to get through the holidays on the healthier side.”
In the meantime, Yoga class, gardens and a farmer’s market are among the wellness programs filling out the rest of the summer.