Fit For Work Accounts team member Jenny Harris is training for a marathon in October. She is active year-round, training for different sporting events. However, some of the Fit For Work team are not usually quite so energetic. Last year Jenny introduced the team to Steptember, a campaign run by The Cerebral Palsy Society in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia. The charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight in the month of September.
This year Fit For Work has 11 teams of four people participating in Steptember. “It’s a fun and simple way to get more active. It gets everyone moving more, which is great for their overall health”.
Last year our team members reported getting fitter, sleeping better, losing weight and feeling happier. But Steptember is much more than these benefits. Jenny explains, “You can turn your steps into dollars by getting friends and family to donate to you, raising funds towards supporting kids and adults with cerebral palsy.”
Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. All funds raised go towards helping Kiwi kids and adults with cerebral palsy gain access to specialised services and programmes to aid in everyday life.
Unlike many other charity challenges, Steptember is done in your own time. Just take 10,000 steps a day whenever you like, wherever you like, and log your steps online or via the Steptember App. Keeping track of those steps is just as easy with pedometer you receive just for signing up.
“Our Fit For Work teams compete on number of steps taken and amount of money raised. Because it is a competition, we are really motivated to achieve the goal of 10,000 steps a day” explains Jenny. In order to help achieve our goals, Fit For Work hold walking meetings and a lunchtime “walking bus” where participants can take a 30-minute walk during their lunch break to help get their steps up. Other exercise and activities also count. “More people are cycling to work too as these count to your overall step tally”.
Fit For Work Managing Director Lenny O’Connell encourages these initiatives. “At Fit For Work, we focus on fostering a culture of health within the organisation and we do our best to support ideas and initiatives that promote the health of our team. It comes down to one of our core beliefs, that work is good for health and health is good for work”.
Otago and Southland Regional Manager Emma Spriggs took this shot of Lake Dunstan on an early morning walk.