Healthy Central Florida recently wrapped up its 90-day walking challenge which attracted more than 1,200 individuals and 110 teams. Many success stories were shared as a result of participation in the challenge. One woman reported losing 100 pounds since last May and getting a much-needed boost from the Walk90. However, among all of the successes, one walker, who finished in the middle of the pack, really stood out.
Tammy, who works for Florida Gas Transmission, said after being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other health issues, she was searching for ways to shed pounds and get healthier. “I found the Walk90 and it really helped and motivated me,” she said. Tammy also recruited her co-workers, many of whom were also looking for ways to get healthy.
In addition to losing 30 pounds during the challenge, Tammy’s glucose numbers are way down and she has significantly reduced her use of medications. Like Tammy, numerous Walk90 Challenge participants shed pounds, gained energy and friendships, and made strides toward better health.
Tom Carter, who is 76-years young, is the 2016 Fall Winner of the Walk90 Challenge.
Tom has been an avid walker for many years, having participated in the Volksmarch movement, a German walking club, where he has completed multiple 62.5K (100 mile) walks while living in Germany.
Tom obviously walks a lot and logs many of his weekly steps while helping others by volunteering four days a week at Mead and Leu Gardens. As this year’s grand prize winner, with 3,224,782 steps, Tom wins a one-year membership to RDV Sportsplex (thank you to RDV!).
Five finalists, all with equally inspiring stories and huge step counts, each won a Fitbit Flex. These winners (listed below with their step counts) also enjoyed a luncheon in their honor.
CW Stidham – 3,239,224
Karen Smith – 2,970,862
Anne Marie O’Brien – 2,956,232
Pink Hinson – 2,610,583
Erick Almasi – 2,385,301
With 110 registered teams, it was clear that the competitive spirit was alive and well. Faith groups, schools, workplaces and groups of friends, like the “Retired not Expired” group walked, talked and got healthier together. The top finishers in three categories won great prizes.
School Winner: ($1,000)
Lake Sybelia Elementary School
Faith Community Winner – ($300)
First United Methodist Church
Corporate/Organizational Team Winner –
CareerSource of Central Florida
CareerSource will be featured in a half-page ad in the Winter Park Maitland Observer and the team will enjoy a catered breakfast for up to 20 with chair massages and additional goodies.
Together we really can become the healthiest community in the nation! Stay tuned for the Move60 – a 60-day get active challenge which begins on March 1st. It’s free and open to all. Visit www.healthycentralflorida.org to learn more.