Walking Works holds wrap-up event

December 21, 2006

A wrap-up event on Wednesday, Dec. 13, concluded the 2006 Walking Works season for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine employees. Prizes were awarded for best team captain, most influential team member and best team event or activity. Winners were drawn randomly from a pool of nominees.

Emily Fox, captain of team UndeFEETable, won for best team captain. According to her team, Fox deserved to win for her positive and encouraging attitude and for constantly inspiring her team members to stay on track.

Katie Prothero, co-captain of Team X, won for most influential team member. Prothero's teammates said she inspired their team by sending out weekly e-mails summarizing the team statistics, such as individual steps, team steps and team ranking. The updates kept all team members informed, especially those who were not employees. Prothero also dubbed each team member with a motivational nickname.

KAOS, led by Blain Kerr, won for best team event or activity. The team organized a weekly five-mile, team run and ran the York White Rose Five-Mile Run together. Each team member achieved a personal time goal, and two of the female team members won first and third place prizes for the best times in their age group. After week one, KAOS set a goal of 800,000 steps per week. By week eight, they reached their goal, with four weeks to spare.

Walking Works is a program designed to encourage all employees to include moderate exercising in their daily routines as a way of enhancing their overall health. Approximately 1,600 College of Medicine and Medical Center employees took part in the 2006 program.

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