Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that our employees logged more than 1 billion steps during its recent Million Step Challenge, an employee-engagement program to encourage healthy habits in the workplace. Employees formed teams and logged their steps, along with other exercise, from July 1 to Sept. 29. The goal for each team member was to log 1 million steps during the challenge.
At the end of the 13-week competition, 1,282 Stormont Vail employees had logged 1,028,870,460 total steps, for an average of 8,189 steps per participant per day. Participants could also convert other exercise, such as swimming, cycling and even yard work, into steps for tracking.
“What better way to show Stormont Vail’s commitment to health than through a challenge to our own team members,” said Randy Peterson, president and chief executive officer. “Taking care of ourselves means we can take even better care of our patients and communities.”
While most participants got their steps in as part of their daily work, others had to get more creative, finding time during lunch for a walk, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and parking farther from the entrance. Teams were composed of employees from across the organization and nearly every department.
“The response we had to the challenge was great,” said Darlene Stone, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “We called it the ‘Million Step Challenge’ to represent an individual goal. But now that we’ve seen the enthusiasm and teamwork the competition caused, we’re thinking ‘Billion Step Challenge’ would be more appropriate. And we met it.”