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Teachers walk across America

Local school district employees walk to get in shape
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More than 200 Eureka Union School District employees recently walked across America. Well, not literally, but they did keep track of how many steps they took in a 10-week period, and the total mileage would have been enough to get them all the way to Atlantic City in New Jersey. The employees moved their feet as part of Walk Across America, a program organized by the district’s wellness committee to encourage exercise and healthy living among staff. The majority of the employees in the 28 teams walked around 120 million steps. Ten thousand steps equal about five miles. Employees received free pedometers to count their steps, and some participants tracked their blood pressure, pulse and weight. Many participants lost weight and lowered their blood pressure, said wellness coordinator Vivian Gundestrup. “It’s been good for me,” said Lori Zeledon, secretary of Ridgeview Elementary School, in a press release. “I look at my pedometer several times throughout the day to see how I am doing. And for the first time in my life, I have now joined a gym.” Awards were presented to the top walkers during a celebration April 15. The top four participants walked about 1.5 million steps each in the 10-week program. “Their pedometers were working overtime!” Gundestrup said. ~ Sena Christian