The Get Up Get Moving campaign, offered by the Alexander County Partnership for Children and funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, has ended with Millersville Child Development Center claiming the title of most steps walked during the campaign. Millersville Child Development Center was also the winner of the October challenge recording 2.7 million steps. A total of 17,328,122 steps were recorded by the staff participating at Millersville CDC during the six month Get Up Get Moving campaign.
Debbie Morgan was the individual overall winner walking the most steps of any child care provider in Alexander County, 2,151,144 steps. Coming in second was Shirley Hickerson with 1,953,608 steps. Debbie and Shirley are mother and daughter who constantly motivated each other. They would check each other’s pedometer throughout the day to see who was the most active. They would even call each other in the evening to check on their pedometer step counts. Both Debbie and Shirley are employed by Millersville Child Development Center. Debbie was the overall winner for the month of October with steps.
Other winners recognized for most steps at their center included Dara Grinton from LuLus Child Enrichment Center with 1,509,932 steps and Rita Parson from First Baptist Child Development Center with 642,992 steps. LuLus CDC was the second place winner with 11,996,578 steps recorded for the campaign.
The Get Up Get Moving six month campaign began in May and ended in October. Over 41 million steps were recorded by participants using pedometers that recorded each step that participants took. Each month individuals reported their total steps to their employer and the child care center reported total monthly steps. This campaign was designed to encourage movement and activity within the child care center.
During evaluations, participants reported feeling better, reducing stress, and losing weight. Most participants indicated they will continue wearing the pedometer to record steps to ensure a higher level of activity.
Susan Cogdill, Executive Director of the Alexander County Partnership for Children, spoke on the benefits of the Get Up Get Moving campaign. “The Partnership for Children was honored to be chosen to receive funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Child care teachers are influential in the physical activity of young children. Movement throughout the entire day while caring for young children is not only a necessity but a requirement to maintain a successful classroom environment. Preschool children begin learning about the importance of physical activity in the classroom through their role model, the classroom teacher. Get Up Get Moving has allowed over 72 teachers and assistants to recognize and value movement throughout the day.”