STAFF from four emergency services in the Burdekin have taken up the Burdekin Be Active 10,000 Steps Challenge this year.
Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said a total of 29 staff from Ergon Energy, Queensland Ambulance Services Home Hill, Queensland Ambulance Services Ayr and Marine Rescue Burdekin had signed up for the six-week challenge.
“The teams will be provided with pedometers and will log their steps each day. The group with the highest average number of steps at the end of the challenge will be awarded with great prizes,” he said.
“The challenge is a great way to increase awareness of the 10,000 Steps Program and promote physical activity within the Burdekin Shire.
“The 10,000 Step Challenge is also open to the public who can log on to the 10,000 Steps website and track their own step log. Residents can loan pedometers for free from the Ayr and Home Hill Libraries.”
Mr Vaccaro said the challenge was for each participant to notch up at least 10,000 steps a day, which is the recommended daily step goal for a healthy adult.
Ergon Energy Area Operations Manager (Burdekin) Mark Biffanti said there were 10 staff members from the Home Hill Depot taking part in the challenge.
“This competition encourages staff well-being and kick starts their get-fit program,” he said.
The Emergency Services 10,000 Steps Challenge is being co-ordinated by the Burdekin Shire Council Be Active Advisory Committee as part of its charter to increase physical activity within the shire.
The challenge starts on Monday, May 7, and will finish on Monday, June 18.