District Wellness Challenge Helps Staff and Students Stay Healthy
As part of the LCPS Healthy & Fit Project, a districtwide health and wellness program, approximately 500 employees throughout the district participated in the Turkey Trot Challenge, a five-week challenge that was designed to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among students and staff. This is the third wellness challenge the district hosted through Wellable and two more are already set to take place during the 2017-18 school year.
“These challenges are helping to create a positive wellness culture which helps our staff and students to make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Barbara Berger, LCPS health and nutrition specialist. “It’s wonderful to see all of the participation and collaboration that went on during this challenge, and we hope to see even more with the next challenge.”
As part of the challenge, LCPS employees cumulatively logged 54,590 miles worth of walking steps and completed more 13,326 daily health challenges from Oct. 11 – Nov. 14.
Throughout the challenge, employees who completed health and wellness activities earned points to enter drawings for a wide variety of health and fitness prizes. Approximately 175 teachers also earned additional points in the challenge by incorporating health and wellness activities into their classrooms with students.
“By participating in these wellness activities, our employees are helping to lead by example when it comes to health and wellness,” said Naomi Wong, staff wellness intern. “It’s a great way for everyone in our district to stay happy and healthy.”
For her pioneering health and wellness efforts throughout the challenge, Heather Stein, a kindergarten teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School, was awarded the Most Committed Challenger award and a TomTom Spark 3 fitness tracker. In addition to creating staff walking routes around the school, Stein also started an infused water initiative and coordinated weekly yoga classes at the school.
The challenge was created by the LCPS Healthy and Fit Project, in partnership with Wellable, an online employee wellness platform, and funded by the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, a private foundation which supports health and wellness initiatives in West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, México.