Ten employees in the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office found a spot on the green grass of the Capitol grounds to celebrate after recording thousands, and even millions, of steps in the Walk This Way wellness program.
Leading the way in this group of walkers was Sarah Muller, who recorded 4.4 million steps for the year. She is a research analyst at the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center. Close behind was Troy Reiners, director of the Child Support Payment Center who recorded 4,187,875 steps, and Staci Bolton, a specialist in Treasury Management who recorded 3,212,590 steps.
Muller plays volleyball year round and works out regularly. Reiners also works out regularly with weight lifting, elliptical training, and basketball; participates in the wellness program’s empowered coaching initiative; and since January has been a regular at Weight Watcher meetings. Through these efforts Reiners has lost 65 pounds and lowered his cholesterol level significantly. Participating in the wellness program is “a smart decision,” he said. “It has worked wonders for me.”
Bolton, who gets up at 5:40 a.m. to work out, says she is at her lowest weight since high school and has more energy to keep up with her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. “Not only is the wellness plan cost effective, but it is great for holding you accountable for your own health,” she said.
Betty Gilg, applications development manager, logged 649,170 steps in 2 ½ months to meet the 600,000 requirement for the wellness program. But, in addition, she jogs an average 15 miles a week and ran in the Lincoln half marathon in 2011. “Keeping track of my steps makes me conscious of how much I am actually moving and motivates me to go a little farther,” she said.
Walk This Way is one of several programs available to state workers as part of the State of Nebraska wellness program. About 4,700 people participated, recording an average of 1 million steps or about 289 miles, the governor’s office said. Participants reported more energy, weight loss, reduced cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and an improved ability to manage stress.
Here are the other walkers from the Treasurer’s Office and their totals: