Healthy Lee Challenge Promotes Healthier Lifestyles
Individuals and teams from all areas of Lee County walked, biked, ran, danced and swam, logging 726,552 miles in response to Healthy Lee’s Million Mile Movement challenge. More than 6,000 people registered to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle by participating in the 90-day challenge that concluded March 31.
“We are pleased at the number of people who participated in the challenge, and the miles logged,” says Christin Collins, co-chair of the Movement, and Lee Health Business Partner for Health and Wellness. “The response to the challenge is a clear indication that Lee County wants to be a healthier community.”
Although the challenge was issued as a non-competitive initiative, several teams surpassed the goals they set for the movement. Here are the top ‘achievers’:
Robbie Roepstorff, Healthy Lee Chair, presented a Certificate of Achievement for outstanding leadership and innovation to Dr. Greg Adkins, Lee Schools Superintendent. Dr. Adkins, in turn, recognized the school districts top movers, including:
- Three top movers:
- Rich Chechilo, teacher, Dunbar Middle School
- Michelle Cron, school nurse
- Erin Grisse, teacher, Dunbar Middle School
- Top administrator:
- Jen Seluck, assistant principal, Estero High School
- Top human resources staff:
- Jeanne Beatson, Insurance & Benefits
The Million Mile Movement was created to support Healthy Lee’s mission to empower and inspire healthy lifestyle choices through education and action. This is the second time the challenge was issued by Healthy Lee; miles logged more than doubled this year, compared to the first challenge in 2015.
In addition to celebrating the success of the Million Mile Movement, Healthy Lee officials also shared the next initiative, the 5210 Pledge, which includes committing to eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, limiting recreational screen time to 2 hours per day, engaging in 1 hour of physical activity every day and drinking 0 sugar-sweetened beverages. Healthy Lee gifted posters to the district to help them promote the healthier lifestyle choices.