• Winning teams announced in SSC's 8th Annual Walking Challenge

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    February 19, 2019
    Winning teams have been announced in Southeast Service Cooperative’s (SSC) 8th Annual Walking Challenge, in which over 800 individuals from 24 SSC member organizations competed. 15 Southeastern Minnesota School Districts and nine Local Government Members participated in two separate steps-based challenges.
    Winners in the School District Challenge included: Wabasha-Kellogg – 1st Place, Goodhue – 2nd Place, Grand Meadow– 3rd Place. The remaining teams, which each received an honorable mention, are listed in the order of their ranking: PEM, Rochester, Red Wing, Fillmore Central, Byron, Lewiston-Altura, Stewartville, Kasson-Mantorville, Lyle, Austin, Southland, and LeRoy-Ostrander. Red Wing was the winner for having the highest participation.
    Wabasha-Kellogg School District Wellness Coordinator Ashely Scheel shared, “The Wabasha-Kellogg Falcon Steppers thrive off of competition and take this contest seriously!  This year we doubled the amount of participants compared to last year. Last year during the final 2 weeks of the competition, our technology coordinator/math teacher, Mike Schumacher, calculated how many steps we would need to win.  He then set personal goals for each participant on our shared Google doc. This was a great motivator for our competitive bunch and helped us pull off the win!  This year we continued with that strategy. It is enjoyable to see walking habits continuing after the challenge and hearing that a person lost 5 pounds during it.  The walking challenge has built comradery, new relationships, and is a major talking piece at Wabasha-Kellogg! Red Wing schools found they were able to recruit more walkers by adding in a building vs. building challenge. Their wellness coordinator, Tara Nelson shared, “It was fun to see the number of steps come in from each building.  Buildings would meet after school to get steps in.”
    Fillmore County was the winner in the Local Government Division (the first time a county has won since 2012). The rest of the rankings were as follows: Freeborn County – 2nd Place, Rice-Steele 911 Center – 3rd Place.  The honorable mention placements included – Goodhue County, City of Albert Lea, Mower County, City of Spring Grove, Workforce Development, and City of Byron. City of Spring Grove was the participation winner.
    Stephanie Jaster, Wellness Coordinator at The City of Spring Grove, stated, “We all enjoy walking and we are more accountable when it is a challenge. We don’t want to let our teammates down.  We always need this extra push during the winter.”
    The contest, which ran the month of January, was based on the number of steps walked by participating members. Trophies (and bragging rights) are awarded to the winning teams. Certificates will be presented to all teams who participated.
    Southeast Service Cooperative has operated since 1976.  It is a public, non-profit cooperative of over 100 member schools, local governments, and non-profits impacting over 82,000 students and almost 18,000 employees in eleven counties to mobilize resources and add value through collaboration. To learn more about the Southeast Service Cooperative, visit www.ssc.coop.
    Nicole LaChapelle-Strumski, Program Manager
    (507) 281-6674