(June 29, 2011) – More than 3,500 individuals who live or work in 22 Hennepin County communities took nearly 700 million combined steps toward a healthier lifestyle during the four-week Step To It Challenge that ended June 5
“Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Step To It Challenge, which has become a springtime tradition in Hennepin Count y,” said County Board Chairman Mike Opat. “With the help of the Minnesota Twins, our community partners, and KARE-TV’s Health Fair 11 in 2011, the challenge once again proved to be a fun way for residents to show their community spirit and get into a healthy routine of physical activity.”
The Most Active City with the highest overall step total was three-time winner, Brooklyn Park, where more than 101 million steps were recorded.
First-time participant, Mound, took first in the Highest Average Steps per Participant category with more than 365,000 per participant. Crystal and Golden Valley finished second and third, respectively.
“Overall we had a great turnout for our first year in the Step To It Challenge,” said Collette Roberts, Mound Step To It coordinator. “I am personally ecstatic with the results of the program and pleased with the number of participants and the level of community support. Thanks to everyone for their participation and support. We look forward to an even bigger and better challenge next year.”
Golden Valley’s city council members captured first place in both the Highest Average Steps per Participant category and in overall steps in the separate competition that takes place among participating city councils each year. Second and third in both categories were Osseo and Richfield, respectively.
Among participants who logged steps during all four weeks of the competition, the top “mega-steppers” in each city had step totals ranging from 460,000 to nearly two million steps. All mega-steppers win a pair of tickets to the July 15 Twins–Kansas City Royals game at Target Field, where they will be recognized during pre-game ceremonies on the field. The names of 10 youth, aged 17 and younger, were drawn for a chance to lead the seventh-inning stretch during the game.
Cities involved in the 2011 challenge were Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Crystal, Dayton, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Minnetonka, Mound, New Hope, Plymouth, Orono, Osseo, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Shorewood and St. Louis Park. For more information on the challenge and this year’s results, see the Step To It website at www.steptoit.org.
The Step To It Challenge, organized by Hennepin County, is partially supported by Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the threat of chronic disease. Step To It is one of a number of strategies designed to increase physical activity and reduce the percentage of Minnesotans who are obese or overweight.