Staying active a way of life at Discovery Place KIDS

Staff report

March 31, 2014

It’s so true it’s almost unfair. The staff from Discovery Place KIDS are comfortably in fifth place in the team standings of RichmondFit, a corporate team challenge coordinated by by the First-in-Health Richmond County 2020 Task Force.

And “playing with kids” is one of the top activities logged by more than 400 registered RichmondFit users. At Discovery Place KIDS, of course, that type of activity comes with the job for those who work at the nonprofit museum. The activity is sixth in a long list of of activities that count towards steps for RichmondFit participants.

In the team standings, Marston-based Unimin Corporation remains way ahead of every other team with an average of 485,779 steps per team member. Richmond County government moves up two spots from last week to second place with 244,067 steps per person. The city of Hamlet’s team remains in third again this week with an average of 214,247 steps per teammate while the Daily Journal moved up one spot to fourth place (206,028) and Discovery Place KIDS has a firm grasp on fifth place (166,682).

Walmart is just behind in sixth place (152,499), followed by Fidelity Bank (144,634), Rockingham Housing Authority (123,705) , FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital (102,604) and Richmond County Health Services (86,740).

Combined, all RichmondFit participants have recorded a total of more than 33.5 million steps, which translates to 14,894 miles — or 0.6 trips around the world.

Individually, Belinda Sota took over the top spot from two weekly contenders. Through late Monday morning, Sota had logged activity worth nearly 1.4 million steps. Mike Threadgill slipped to second (1.1 million) while T.J. Wilkerson is third (940,315), Alana McRae is fourth (931,998) and Keith Mabe is fifth (653,950).

Different types of walking — leisure, quick pace and power — remained, by far, the top activity of choice for participants. The three subcategories together have a combined 1,134 hours logged by RichmondFit participants, taking up three of the top five spots. Only light housework (389 hours) and grocery shopping (190), third and fourth, respectively, break up the 1-2-3 possibility.

The health and wellness initiative began March 3 and continues through April 30. Registration was initially to close March 10, but it was later extended another week. On Monday, Roxanne Elliott, of FirstHealth Community Health Services, said the RichmondFit organizers agreed to open registration once again due to high demand.

“We had so many requests,” Elliott said in an email to the Daily Journal. “Everyone on the task force agreed this is about getting people moving, so the site is open for additional individuals to register.”

At last count, there were 406 registered participants in the first-year initiative.