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The Doctors Clinic employees, physicians participate in walking challenge

The Doctors Clinic employees and physicians are participating in a Workplace Walk-Off. Teams of five employees are competing for four weeks to see which team can walk the most steps. Forty-four percent of employees have made the commitment.

The Walk-Off Challenge was created to encourage employee health and wellbeing, with the ultimate goal of establishing healthy habit that will endure.

“I am simply thrilled and overwhelmed by the level of participation in our challenge. I am glad we have so many employees involved and challenging themselves,” said Kyrsten Wooster, human resources benefits specialist.

The goal is to reach a minimum of 10,000 steps each day. Pedometers were provided to the company by Premera Blue Cross and Propel Insurance, but a salesperson at Best Buy in Silverdale, which is adjacent to The Doctors Clinic’s corporate office, has noted an increase in sales of Fitbits, electronic pedometers.

“At The Doctors Clinic, we are committed to the wellbeing of our patients, our community and our team members,” said Executive Director Linda Brown. “Walking together to improve our wellness is our way of demonstrating our commitment to healthy lifestyles. We encourage others to join us.”

During the first week of competition, which began on April 2, the participants logged 9,678,389 steps, or approximately 4,840 miles. People around Silverdale have also noticed an increase in walkers in the area.

“During the second week, I’ve made it my personal goal to walk 20,000 steps each day,” said Sherril Devitt, a patient account representative. “The other night I still needed 2,000 steps to reach 20,000 so I got on my elliptical at home to get there.”

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