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Pedometer Challenge wraps up, winner logs more than 1 million steps


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Pedometer challenge winner: Justin Haley loaded his new kayak onto his vehicle Tuesday afternoon after the Pedometer Challenge awards ceremony at Petersburg Indian Association.

Petersburg Mental Health Service's Pedometer Challenge wrapped up this week with the winner logging more than 1 million steps during the seven-week challenge that allowed community members to compete as individuals and teams to see who could take the most steps.

"It was amazing to see the results," said PMHS senior clinician Kim Kilkenny. "I'm so impressed that someone got over a million steps."

Justin Haley was the big winner. He walked from his house in the Severson Subdivision to work at the Waste Water Treatment Plant each day-a ten mile jaunt round trip. Along with walking around the facility throughout the day and other exercises, Haley walked a total of 1,177,371 steps.

"The last couple weeks I was doing 50,000 steps a day," Haley said during the awards ceremony. "I had 350,000 steps the last week. That was hard."

"Which didn't leave him a lot of time to wash the dishes," his wife joked.

"Yeah, I have an awesome wife," Haley responded.

As a reward, Haley won first dibs out of a selection of prizes and chose a kayak, which he took home after the awards ceremony last Tuesday afternoon.

Kilkenny said the event is a great way to get the community involved in health and wellness. She said exercise, even as simple as walking, improves mental and physical health problems and that individuals should attempt to take 10,000 steps a day.

"If we're moving, it improves our physical health and our mental health," Kilkenny said. "There is no pill that will make you feel good if you're not moving."

PMHS used grant funding to organize this year's Pedometer Challenge and Petersburg Indian Association ran the event last year.

The funding was part of a one-year grant, and Kilkenny hopes to find another funding source for a challenge next spring.


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