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LIV walks the walk

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Cite as: November 2011 85(11) LIJ, p.14

LIV employees clocked up more than 56,000 kilometres during a recent corporate health challenge – the equivalent of walking around the world and then from Melbourne to London.

Sixty-three staff members, in teams of seven, took part in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC), aimed at raising money for charity while encouraging office workers to get active and take a virtual walk around the world.

Armed with pedometers, the LIV staff were among 130,000 people to take part in the GCC for 16 weeks, during which time 152 billion steps were taken and a combined 6 billion calories burnt.

Participants tracked their progress on a website and learnt about a location’s customs, history, foods, politics and geography as they paid a virtual visit.

The online journey took LIV’s entrants from New Zealand to Papua New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia, India, Afghanistan, Sudan, Poland, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada and finally the Mutnovsky volcano in Russia.

LIV facilities manager Elina Eliades, whose group outstepped all other LIV teams, said during the challenge staff would congregate on Monday mornings to compare notes on how many steps had been walked or kilometres cycled or swum over weekends.

She said some staff members had lost weight and all were keen to hold on to healthy new habits, with many participants now embarking on nightly walks.

The challenge raises money for research into chronic disease prevention, a Ugandan orphanage, and a Global Children’s Challenge that allows children to participate in a similar event free of charge in a bid to help tackle childhood obesity.

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