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That’s a Wrap on the 3rd Annual 2016 LDS Activity Challenge

Promoting healthy lifestyles is important at LDS. For the past 3 summers, LDS has challenged its employees to get out and be active. Good physical health supports increased productivity and creativity at work. And that’s what we’re all about.

This year, organizers of the activity challenge set some pretty lofty goals for employees. Goals that would be difficult to achieve for a less motivated bunch — but not this group and not this year.

Let’s meet the teams!

  • Step Children
  • Red Hot Chili Steppers
  • Steppin Wolves
  • School of Walk
  • LDS Skywalkers
  • Mission Slimpossible
  • Seven Wonders
  • Sole Survivors

The challenge kicked off on June 1st with a daily goal of 6,000 steps per person per day with hopes of ending the season with 100% employee participation. LDS steppers could be seen near and far racking up the steps and reaching their daily quotas — around campus, on the trails, at the beaches, the gym, even at the mall. Teams tracked their steps using a multitude of devices including smart phones with health apps, smart watches, GPS enabled wearables and even a few old school click-on pedometers (only three were accidentally destroyed this year).

Fast forward two months to the end of the 2016 challenge. And how did teams do?


We hit the participation mark and soared past 6K per day to an astounding 6,682 steps per person per day. That’s a grand total of 19,785,428 steps… or 9,368 miles. That’s like walking from Cape Horn, Chile to Anchorage, Alaska. We nearly hit our overall goal of 28 million steps and would surely have done so had we not inadvertently destroyed three of those pedometers and/or forgotten to carry or charge the more technology savvy tracking devices. A user-error we will set out to correct next challenge season.


Kudos to all the teams that participated and happy stepping in the off season. Until next challenge.