Miles for Wellness Challenge 20: The Moonlight Trail, began Sept. 23 and highlighted an eight-week physical activity celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon mission. Participants were able to virtually visit museums and exhibits that explored the history of space travel.
Participating teams began their virtual journey in North Carolina at the Museum of Life and Science Aerospace exhibit, traveling across the U.S. to virtually visit NASA facilities, a museum dedicated to Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, and more. Participants virtually returned to North Carolina, to finish this adventure at the North Carolina Museum of History's exhibit "The One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race."
Cumulatively, state employees walked, hiked, cycled, danced, etc. to accumulate 2,242,038,000 steps or 1,121,019 miles. That is the equivalent of 45 times around the earth and slightly over 2 round trips to the moon and back!
1st Place: Walking Warriors
O’Berry Neuro Medical Treatment Center; NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, Goldsboro, NC
Front row left to right: Squatting – Medical Director and Interim Center Director Dr. Michael Bunch, Susan Bryant, Kimberly Stallings, Yashanda Jones, Team Captain Julie Hall, Anne Smith, and Debi Artis. Back row left to right: State Wellness Coordinator Katherine Hilliard, Alan Cuddington, Nick Harris, Kenny McNeese, Team High Stepper Dennis Liles.
2nd Place: Quads of Fury
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
Front row left to right: Arianna Covington, Team Captain Nick Gawlik, George Sills, Thomas Long, and Phil Perry.
Back row left to right: Debby Pyatt, Team High Stepper Natasha Romeo, and State Wellness Coordinator
Katherine Hilliard. Not pictured: Mark Perlin, MaKayla Seifert, and Jacob Williams.
3rd Place: Lunartics
Division of Workforce Solutions, Alamance Center; NC Dept. of Commerce, Burlington, NC
Left to right: Amber Currie, Shelly Karas, Team Captain AJ Glass, Team High Stepper Richard Wright,
Lisa Arnette, Maribeth Ross, and State Wellness Coordinator Katherine Hilliard.
Not pictured: Senika Rush, David Monteleone, Teresa Boone, and Ikel Williams
1st Place: BTRM+Plus
Division of Health Benefits; NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, NC