These feet were made for walking
The Golden Girls of Tasman District Council have walked their way to Slovenia.
In cyber-world, at least.
The group of seven are part of the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC), a health initiative aiming to combat the worldwide obesity epidemic and reverse sedentary work habits.
All GCC participants are given a pedometer to count their daily steps – with a goal of 10,000 per day – and the teams' total then helps them move across the virtual globe. Beginning in London on May 24, the teams have 16 weeks to walk their way across more than 130 destinations.
The Golden Girls are currently at location 31, Predjamski Castle in Slovenia.
Tasman District Council is one of hundreds of business, nationally and internationally, who have joined.
Human resource manager Joanna Craness said the programme was popular from the beginning, with enough people for 11 teams of seven registering.
"Health and safety in the workplace has had a lot of focus in the last 15 to 20 years, particularly safety. This was a good opportunity to to start focusing on the health side of safety."
There had been no cheating that she was aware of, but Ms Craness said there had been pedometer casualties.
"There's been pedometers down toilets and under trucks. It's a good thing we get given two."
On its website, GCC says there are 180,000 participants worldwide.
The Golden Girls are currently ranked 3775, one of the top performing TDC teams, only slightly behind Hot to Trots, who are ranked 3692.
Both teams are walking faster than the three Nelson Mail teams that have entered, with the top team, Feat Me, ranked at 8602.
There is also a Children's Challenge, which begins in September. Applications for the Global Children's Challenge close on July 20.
To register, visit gccjunior.org.
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