Date:                July 20, 2018

To:                   Local Media

Contact:           Luis Pantoja, Health Educator

                        Central Connecticut Health District





CCHD Congratulates 2018’s Walking Competition Participants!


Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) hosted our third annual ‘Step into Summer: 2018 Walking Competition’ from April 29th through June 9th in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. During the 6-week event, district residents and employees within the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield engaged in a friendly neighborhood competition in an effort to jump-start an active and healthy summer.


Participants of all ages from each respective town teamed up to track their activity using pedometers, Fitbits, or similar tracking devices, and reported their steps on a weekly basis aboard Anthem’s Walking Works website. In culmination of the competition, CCHD held a closing ceremony on June 28th at ‘The Richard D. Tulisano Summer Concert Series’ held at Elm Ridge Park’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill to commemorate this year’s participants and crown 2018’s champions.


The High Stepper Award Trophy, awarded to the town with the highest average steps per participant, was presented to Berlin’s Mayor Mark Kaczynski (R). At first place and registering a total of 9,354.1 miles with an average of 173.2 miles per participant during this year’s competition, the town of Berlin has been crowned champion for three consecutive years.


The Impact Award Plaque, awarded to the town with the highest number of participants, was presented to Rocky Hill’s Town Manager John Mehr. This award recognizes the importance of getting out and being more active, even if the activity level is increased by a relatively small amount. At second place, the town of Rocky Hill registered a total of 12,659.4 miles, the highest total miles in the competition, with an average of 143.9 miles per participant.


At third place, the town of Wethersfield registered a total of 10,028.8 miles with an average of 133.7 miles per participant. At fourth place, the town of Newington registered a total of 10,514.5 miles with an average of 131.4 miles per participant. Last but not least, at fifth place, the Central Connecticut Health District registered a total of 989.3 miles with an average of 123.7 miles per participant.


Collectively, all five teams have walked a total of 43,546 miles: 1.75 times around the circumference of the earth (24,900 mi) or a fifth of the way to the moon (238,855 mi) over the course of the 6 week competition! Additionally, CCHD will reach out and award the individual with the highest number of steps in each of the four district towns with a brand new Fitbit Charge 2. The Central Connecticut Health District would like to express our sincerest gratitude and congratulate this year’s participants. We invite you to join us next year for 2019’s Walking Competition in an effort to keep moving in the right direction one step at a time!


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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a twelve member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. Our central office is located in the Wethersfield Town Hall with satellite offices in Berlin, Newington, and Rocky Hill.