Corporate competition raises more than $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters
October 5, 2017 (GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Move Greater Green Bay, a communitywide step challenge, finished strong on September 30 with more than 30 teams from businesses and nonprofit organizations competing. Winners of the month-long challenge, sponsored by Forsite Benefits, were awarded Thursday during a presentation on City Deck Landing that included a check presentation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin, the charitable beneficiary of the initiative.
Zepnick Solutions, Inc. an engineering consulting firm in Howard, came out on top with an average of 17,588 daily steps per team member. Second place was Packer Fastener, with an average of 12,721 steps, and third place went to Greatland, with an average of 11,605 steps.
More than 1,000 individual participants logged their daily activity using fitness trackers to compete to become the highest average stepper for the month. The challenge tied in perfect with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to model positive behavior for the community’s youth, and coincided with National Childhood Obesity month during September.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be part Move Greater Green Bay,” said Katie Hess, Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin. “Our message is focused around modeling positive behavior and we literally walked the talk! Initiatives like these show the true spirit of Greater Green Bay. The best way to make change in the community is to do it together one step at a time.”
The team registration fees helped raise more than $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs.
“In addition to raising money, what this is truly about is inspiring and challenging each other to be healthier,” said Drew Leatherberry, Benefits Consultant at Forsite Benefits. “We’re all responsible for building a healthier community. A healthier tomorrow starts with the steps we take today.”
Collectively, the challenge participants reached impressive milestones. A total of 273,707,117 steps were taken in the month of September. This translates to roughly 13,685 miles. Also, the average number of steps per participant was 9,086, which high exceeds the national average of 5,900 steps per day.
The top finishing team from Zepnick Solutions used the challenge to take an already active staff to a new level.
“Our team has always been physically active,” said Cindy L. Kobielak, Zepnick’s Wellness Coordinator.
“It was fun to see our team’s competitive spirit shine this past month. We’re proud to be the winners and we’re equally proud to be part of a community striving to be more wellness-minded, while raising funds for a meaningful cause like Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
Many other organizations reported an increase in team member activity as part of the challenge. One participant noted, “I find I look for opportunities to move to get steps in, even to the point of walking around during commercials when I am watching television.”
Another individual reported, “I hadn't been doing much for the past three-plus months, but wanted to be more active. This was the push I needed to get going. I now have been getting up before work each day and working out. A little motivation went a long way.”
A leader at another organization noticed her team moving more throughout the day, “We were delighted that we had such wonderful participation in this event. It promoted a more team environment which matches what we want to promote with the rest of our company.”
If you are interested in participating in next year’s challenge please visit www.forsitebenefits.com/move and subscribe to our emailing list.