The Hart Healthy Challenge has officially come to an end. Ben Blaylock took first place with Janice Boyd stepping in at a close second.
In honor of Heart Month and in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and interactions between the team, we challenged our staff to a friendly competition in February. Using Jawbone UP24 devices to track steps, everyone attempted to reach and surpass daily goals of 10,000 steps recommended by the American Heart Association. Together, our team walked 3.4 million steps during the month-long challenge!
We value the health and happiness of our employees, and it was amazing to see how the competition created a natural motivation in the team to move more. Everyone “won” something this past month by increasing their daily steps and fitness goals.
As part of the first-place prize, Ben received $2,000 to donate to his charity of choice, Operation Homefront. Based in Ben’s hometown of San Antonio, Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance to service member’s families and wounded vets. The charity is close to Ben’s heart since many of his family members currently serve or have served in the military.
Janice Boyd earned second place in the challenge and also received $500 to donate to the charity of her choice, Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. Morning Dove helps people, primarily children, to work with physical and emotional challenges. As an animal lover and owner of two horses, Janice understands the healing impact horses have on people and was thrilled with the opportunity to give back to such a deserving organization.
Ben set a New Year’s resolution in January to get back in shape. After a few weeks, he hadn’t made the progress he was hoping for, so he decided to sign up for a half marathon called the “Alamo 13.1” in San Antonio. At the same time, he was asked to join the “Hart Healthy Challenge” and the timing was perfect! Training for the half marathon and aiming to win the Hart Healthy Challenge, Ben was more motivated than ever and lost 20 pounds in just a few weeks!
“This wouldn’t have happened without the challenge,” Ben said. “Seeing the rest of the team’s activity motivated me to surpass the step goal every day. All the walking strengthened my legs, making a huge difference in my training.”
Similarly, Janice found an increased motivation to exercise because of the Hart Healthy Challenge. She became aware of sitting for too long and would do anything to achieve her daily step goal such as walking the dog, jogging in place, walking on the treadmill, doing jumping jacks and sometimes just running around the house.
“I’m active by nature,” Janice said. “But the Hart Healthy Challenge made me more conscious of being still and drove me to move more than usual.”
The other team members were close behind Ben and Janice and we’re proud of everyone for pushing their limits, to not only increase their health, but also give back to a bigger cause! Many thanks to the team! We hope this challenge inspired not only our staff, but other companies in our industry to put the health of their employees first.