More than 30 UNCG employees are a part of the Be Active Worksites Throwdown Challenge, sponsored by Be Active NC. HealthyUNCG is coordinating the teams for UNCG, which has 7 teams competing with teams from across the state.
All the teams are doing great, says Michelle Cathorall, director of HealthyUNCG, and have increased their amount of physical activity. Almost all of them increased their average minutes of activity over the first week.
At last report, UNCG is in third place for average minutes of physical activity for all participating worksites in the state. There are 20 worksites – with 139 teams – participating across the state, Cathorall says.
Team Chunky Monkey is currently the top Lets Get Active Team in the state.
“We have five on our team,” says Rebecca Lockhart, Program Assistant for the NC Rated License Assessment Project.
“I received an email about the Throwdown and shared it with others in the office. I was hoping to get a couple of people to join me because I wanted to participate, instead 10 people in our office were interested so we formed two teams.
So, how did they come up with that name – Chunky Monkeys? “At first we were thinking ‘practical’ team names, then we decided to have fun with it instead.” The other team participating from their group is the “Weapons of Mass Reduction.”
“For me, the best thing about the initiative is that it provides that extra boost and motivation to think about how active you are and fit extra activity into your day on purpose,” adds Lockhart, the team captain.
Cathorall adds that one UNCG individual did not engage in regular physical activity before the challenge – and had 820 minutes of activity last week.
Employees may earn Spartan Points for participating.
More info is at the HealthyUNCG Throwdown page.