USC Upstate News

USC Upstate issues health challenge

01- 13- 2009

23 teams enter Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days program
By Gary Glancy

Originally posted on: GoUpstate.com
Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:15 a.m. 

While temperatures are expected to drop later this week for Danielle Lewis' lunchtime walks, her motivation will likely be rising.

Team Psychopeds is on the move.

And so are 22 other teams assembled for the University of South Carolina Upstate's inaugural Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge, which kicked off Monday in front of the university's new Health Education Complex.

In all, about 160 USC Upstate faculty and staff - including Lewis and her team from the university's counseling and disabilities service departments - signed on for the fitness challenge, which should help those New Year's resolutions stay on track.

"It's amazing. I thought our initial response would be about 25 people," said Tammy Cramer, a USC Upstate human resources specialist who brought the idea for the program from West Virginia University, where she used to work. "This is the first year, so we're very pleased with the response."

Each team member has 15 weeks to complete 100 miles of walking, with a maximum of 12 miles per week to be logged and then recorded on the program's Web site. Each participant who completes the 100 miles by April 21 will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and if all team members complete 100 miles, they will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize.

Lewis said she walks two to three days a week on her own anyway, but now, "just having somebody else there to walk with and having the support of other people on your team is really beneficial," she said.

Chris Hanke, a member of one of two teams - one male, one female - from USC Upstate's information technology department, agreed that there is strength in numbers as he tries to honor his New Year's resolution of getting healthier.

"It makes it a lot easier when you have other people around you," he said.

Mark Ritter, the director of USC Upstate's new Wellness Center, said the program is a perfect way to bring together different departments on campus to join in the university's Healthy Upstate Carolina initiative, especially since the Wellness Center will be housed with the education and nursing schools inside the new building.

"We can do all kinds of collaborative work," Ritter said.

Ritter expects to move into the center by Jan. 21 and open the center to the campus community on Feb. 2.