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Faculty and Staff Teams Compete in GUWellness Walking Challenge

GUWellness Walking Challenge Winners

After claiming victory in this year's GUWellness Walking Challenge, members of the winning team – from left, Julie Lundgren, Kim Saak, Matthew Lewis, Gloria Kimball, Tara O'Toole, Erin Timmons and Anna Dubinsky – pose with their celebratory frozen treats.

August 29, 2012 – The Office of Student Financial Services, led by team captain Tara O’Toole, won this year’s annual GUWellness Walking Challenge.  

From June 16-July 27, 13 teams walked together, apart, during the workday, after work and on weekends to accumulate miles to log in for points in the walking challenge, sponsored by the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits.

“The walking challenge is an annual event, but this year we extended it to six weeks and really put an emphasis on fitting walking into the work day – on and around campus, between offices for meetings, over lunch,” says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president and chief benefits officer. “Also for the offices that registered, we encouraged participation from all members to walk as a team.”

In second place were the Bounding Benefits (Faculty and Staff Benefits) led by team captain Rachel Bridges. The Eurasian Security Team (Center for Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies), led by team captain Christina Watts, won third place.

“Our victory goes to show that competition is good …,” says winning team member Matthew Lewis, director of research and finance in student financial services. “We look forward to continuing our insane walking habits throughout the fall and spring and look forward to defending our title in summer 2013.”

The first place team will receive a “Day of Wellness,” which includes seated massages, a healthy lunch and group wellness-related activities.

O’Toole and a few other team captains will receive pairs of athletic shoes from Georgetown Running Company for motivating their teams and effectively tracking the members: Amanda Carlton, Office of Student Programs; Laura Masters, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; and Laura German, neurology department.

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