From employee health screenings and health fairs to exercise classes and the inaugural Walking Challenge, employees at Regional Medical Center began a focus on wellness in 2012 that is continuing on into the new year. The system is applying to be named a “Fit Friendly Worksite” by the American Heart Association. Fit Friendly Worksites are recognized by the American Heart Association as employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health, including providing walking paths and promoting walking programs.
More than 700 employees finished the Walking Challenge on 64 different teams. A total of 177,146,999 steps were walked by MED employees for the 5-week challenge. This is equivalent to approximately 88,574 miles, or 3 ½ times around the world, or a third of the way to the moon! The Miles High Club was the top team with more than 5.7 million steps walked. When Dr. Reginald Coopwood, President and CEO, announced the winners he encouraged the staff to keep moving.
“The walking challenge was the start of what I hope will become viral in the organization – a drive to be healthy,” said Dr. Coopwood. “It is important for our well being to live and work in a fit and healthy environment.”
Dr. Coopwood presented the winning team of the Walking Challenge with a trophy during the closing celebration in December. Pictured left to right: Courtney Jackson, Arzell Young, Dr. Reginald Coopwood, Roxanne Willis, Archie Stewart, Charles Franklin, Willie Weeks, Maurice Brown, Odell Brown, Rex Hibbard and Mike Adams.