Last updated: April 15. 2014 9:25AM - 1452 Views
By - mharrelson@civitasmedia.com

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When one pictures a banker’s job, it’s usually a thought of them sitting down for the majority of the day in front of a desk or teller’s window.

That may be true, but the 10 members of Fidelity’s three Richmond County branches’ RichmondFit team have logged quite a few miles on their feet.

In March, Fidelity Bank signed up for RichmondFit, a workplace wellness competition launched by the First in Health Richmond County 2020 Task Force.

RichmondFit’s goal is to encourage people to get up and move, be more physical and track their steps and activities through April 30. The program offers a team-oriented challenge in which groups from local businesses are judged solely on the average number of steps per team member.

The concept is pretty straightforward. The top three teams in both the large business and small business categories will be recognized, as well as the top three individuals.

Ann DePrizio, Fidelity Bank’s RichmondFit coordinator, understands it can be difficult to record a lot of steps when your job requires sitting down.

“We are getting out to the walking trails and keeping a pedometer on everyday,” said DePrizio. “We walk in the neighborhood, some of us took exercise classes or go to FirstHealth to get on the treadmills.”

As of Monday morning, Fidelity Bank was seventh among the top 10 teams with an average of 228,336 steps but DePrizio hopes to get that number up.

“We’re trying to recruit a few others who work here who aren’t on board yet,” said DePrizio. “We’re trying to maintain because we mostly sit.”

Through mid-Monday morning, the combined efforts of all those participating in RichmondFit has yielded almost 48 million steps, or 21,320 miles. That’s close to the equivalent of one trip around the globe.

The four-person team from Unimin Corporation in Marston remains in first place with an average of 784,721 steps per teammate. Walmart moved up to second place with 343,622 steps ahead of Richmond County government with 323,851 steps.

Finishing out the top 10 teams: The Richmond County Daily Journal (323,851), City of Hamlet (252,779), Discovery Place KIDS (251,695), Fidelity Bank, Rockingham Housing Authority (181,920), FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital (141,665) and Richmond County Health Services (120,756).

The program began March 3 and runs through April 30. Due to high demand, coordinators have re-opened registration to individuals or teams wanting to participate.

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