State employees track fitness for “March To The Moon”
Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:25 pm
First Lady Andrea Conte and Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, recognized state agencies and acknowledged National Public Health Week today during announcement of results of the March to the Moon fitness challenge for state employees.
The top three placing state departments and agencies were honored with a presentation at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
The March to the Moon fitness challenge was open to all state employees, and was designed as a fun way to help promote and improve health and fitness.
Throughout the month of March, participants logged physical activity and earned fitness points using Get Fit Tennessee’s Fitness Tracker at www.getfittn.com, while competing as members of their department’s team.
At the end of the month, departments were ranked by the average number of fitness points in hopes of claiming the Health Commissioner’s Challenge Trophy.
The top five teams and their average fitness points are as follows:
1. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency – 4189.34
2. Bureau of TennCare – 2735.30
3. Commission on Children and Youth – 2706.80
4. Department of General Services – 2422.44
5. Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination – 2401.18
There were 756 participants in this year’s March to the Moon Challenge. These state employees walked the equivalent of a total of 60,200.89 miles, took 120,401,777 steps and earned 1,204,017.77 fitness points toward the grand prize of better health.
“We spend just as much time in our workplaces as at home, and health and safety of employees are a priority,” said Cooper.
Get Fit Tennessee offers free fitness and nutrition tools that individuals and employers can take advantage of online.
Users can design their own fitness challenges for family, friends or coworkers, or simply track their own progress as they work to improve health and fitness. All Tennesseans are urged to visit the Get Fit Tennessee Web site to receive free daily tips via e-mail, and to access features including a food diary and a cookbook of simple, healthy and economical recipes.
Get Fit Tennessee is a statewide awareness program developed by Governor Phil Bredesen with a focus on educating and empowering Tennesseans to move more and eat healthier to combat health risks facing the state, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.