Local teams excel in Lunch Walk Challenge
The 2018 Spring National Lunch Walk Challenge was a tremendous success this year, and Grundy County teams excelled in the event. The goals of the challenge were to increase physical activity, encourage healthier lifestyles, and encourage a healthy social lifestyle through walking. Over the course of the ten-week challenge, individuals formed teams and walked regularly, tracking their progress along with others from across the country.
This year, 357 individuals representing eleven states participated on 71 teams, logging a total of 58,788 miles. Among them were 61 people on seven teams representing Grundy County, walking a total of 20,578 miles. The Grundy County teams placed first, second, and third in the national event, and all seven Grundy County teams walked over 1,000 miles each.
The first place team in the National Lunch Walk Challenge was “Fit ‘er Done” with 5,599 miles. Team members were Trey Anderson, Billy Campbell, Kayla Childers, Kayla Dyer, Baylee Jones, Tyler McCullough, Whitney Miller, Courtney Tate, Crystal Stiefel, and Gayle VanHooser.
“The Young and the Rest of Us” placed second in the challenge with 5,072 miles. Team members were LuAnn Baum, Carolyn Kilgore, Heather Killian, Brenda Layne, Michael Layne, Melinda Meeks, Garry Miller, Breigh Rymer, Tammy Sholey, and Mitzi Trussell.
In third place was “The Pace Makers” team with 4,678 miles. Team members were Cindy Brady, Michael Brady, Linda Crosslin, Connie Gallagher, Melinda Killian, Kayla McGee, Violet Norris, Kim Roberts, Nathan Sanders, and Jamie Weaver.
Other Grundy teams participating in the National Lunch Walk Challenge were the “CES Staff” (Bobbi Sue Fugate, Russell Fugate, Hope Nunley, Janie Tipton, and Jerry Tipton); “Daughters of the Mountain” (Mona Brittingham, Nancy Daugherty, Katie Goforth, Betsy Oliver, Emily Partin, Joy Partin, Elaine Pase, Marietta Poteet, Mary Priestley, and Flo Wilson); “Toyo Seat’s The Walking Dead” (Kim Arp, Stephanie Creighton, Katlynn Davis, Carol Givens, Teresa Green, Alissa Meeks, Allison Nolan, Michelle Rollins, Alicia Stubblefield, Cindy Whitman); and “Tracy Trailblazers” (Olivia Culver, Christopher Fults, Belinda Ivins, Caroline McCullough, Jan Roberts, Pam Warren).
Grundy County excelled in the individual rankings, as well. Ranking among the Top 10 individuals nationally for most miles walked were Billy Campbell (1,002), Michael Layne (937), Kayla Dyer (933), Melinda Killian (900), Brenda Layne (802), Kayla Childers (731), and Trey Anderson (688).
Activ8 Grundy promoted the national event and recognized all Grundy County teams and individuals at a ceremony held at Toyo Seat prior to the Mayor’s Walk in Pelham, on April 13. National Lunch Walk Challenge top teams and individuals received prizes at the event, and all participants received an Activ8 Grundy mini-banner. The National Lunch Walk Challenge kicked off Activ8 Grundy’s Passport to Health program, which will recognize and reward people participating in a variety of Activ8 Grundy events promoting movement, nutrition, and tobacco cessation.
For Carol Givens, the National Lunch Walk Challenge was life changing. Said Carol, “Before the Challenge, I was almost considering buying a walker; I had pain with each step. I was prescribed pain medications just to help me get through the day. Now I am not on pain medications and I can walk with little pain. Even though I can’t walk it all at once, I’m trying to push harder. I’ve been doing great! I’m doing the 1,000 Mile Challenge now, to walk one thousand miles in one year, and friends here at Toyo Seat keep challenging me to keep me motivated! I can and I will!”
“This has been an amazing challenge,” said Gayle VanHooser. “We have had some very healthy competition and enjoyed being intentional about getting extra steps in whenever and where ever! Thanks for encouraging us to make better lifestyle choices! We went from chicken fried to #GRUNDYPRIDE!”
“We are proud to see the success of each and every one completing this year’s Lunch Walk Challenge,” said Alexis Batausa of Williamson Health and Wellness, organizer of the National Lunch Walk Challenge. “We saw the growth and comradery of your teams working together to reach your goals. We hope you will continue to stay active through walking, running, exercise classes, and other activities to keep you moving and motivated.”
Activ8 Grundy and the Grundy County Health Council would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the National Lunch Walk Challenge. Activ8 Grundy encourages everyone to continue their progress towards staying active and improving health by participating in the Activ8 Grundy Passport to Health Program. Learn more at http://www.grundycountyhealthcouncil.org/healthier-t/ or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/activ8grundy/