2013 October - GraceBlood-on-the-GO


For the second year GraceBlood supported a team, “GraceBlood-on-the-GO,” for the 2013 Global Corporate Challenge event.  The GCC is the world’s largest and most exciting corporate health initiative.  Developed specifically for the workplace, the GCC tackles the global health crisis resulting from longer workdays, sedentary occupations, and little or no exercise.  More than 180,000 participants from 90 countries and over 1,500 organizations participated in this year’s program.  Some of the recognizable businesses taking part this year were Shell International, Commercial Bank, Petco, McAfee, Alcoa, Tyco, JP Morgan, Fujitsu, Spinnaker, and Novartis.

The GCC has proven results and is endorsed by some of the largest organizations in the world and their CEOs.  The program increases staff fitness, promotes teamwork, fosters a positive competitive spirit, is great fun, and supports the workforce to be active, healthy and more productive.

Each participant in the GCC receives a “Starter Pack” that includes two GCC pedometers (one is a backup.)  For 16 weeks each person wears a pedometer all day, every day, and records their step count on-line each morning for the previous day. 

The site records each team member’s daily step count, computes averages, and plots the team’s progression along a virtual tour of the world.  The more active they are, the further they go, the healthier they become, the more productive their organization becomes.  Participants are also encouraged to look at their eating habits and are supported to change to a healthier diet with daily information and weekly eating plans provided by a nutritionist.

The World Health Organization, US Center for Disease Control, US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services, American Heart Foundation and the National Heart Foundation all recommend that individuals take 10,000 steps daily to improve their health and reduce the risk of disease.  (The average for workers before the GCC is 3,000.)  The GCC uses this 10,000 step recommendation and encourages participants to reach this target each day of the event.

This year our seven-woman team completed the sixteen week GCC just shy of our goal of 10 million steps.  Four of the seven members averaged more than 11,000 steps per day; one member averaged over 12,000 steps per day.  One member even had a personal best day of 26, 960 steps!  GraceBlood remains committed to helping our team stay healthy because we know healthy associates make for healthy businesses. We found the GCC to be a great motivator as well as great fun:  exercise, like so many things, is more fun as we work together as a team. 

To read more about the program visit:  www.gettheworldmoving.com  


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