Move Smart! 2011 Halloween contest winners

We had some amazing entries in this year’s Halloween contest. The competition was tough, and the decision even tougher. Congratulations to this year’s winners, who walk away with a $100 Amazon gift card!

2011 Halloween contest - Zombie Workout
Best Individual
James Landry
Constellation Energy

2011 Halloween contest Halloween Social
Best Group
Millie Lovos (dracula), Henry Buchheitt (top hat), Anita Wills (witch),
Burnadette Concepcion (smiling pumpkins), Maggie Johnson (clown),
Lataya Adams (blue bunny ears)

2011 Halloween contest - Super hero family
Honorable Mention
Josh Biggart
BCN/Dakkota Integrated Systems

2011 Halloween contest - Favorite time of year
Honorable Mention
Lacie Lyons
Walkingspree customer – Canada

2011 Halloween contest - Walkingspree family
Honorable Mention
Khuong Tran
Constellation Energy

Honorable Mention
Nancy Nguyen
Prime Therapeutics

2011 Halloween contest - Ghost rider and family
Honorable Mention
Ernesto Arteaga
TEVA Pharmaceuticals

2011 Halloween contest - Walking dead
Honorable Mention
Joy Thompson
Blue Care Network

2011 Halloween contest - Walk it off!
Honorable Mention
Gloria Nastas
Blue Cross Blue Shield

For more photo submissions, check out the Halloween photo album on our Facebook page

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Move Smart! Be smart when increasing your step goals

One of the key components to the Walkingspree program is walking challenges. They help motive and keep you on track. Meeting the daily step averages can give you a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. So much so, that you will want to start exceeding those goals and set some of your own.

So be smart when setting your next daily step target and do it gradually. Jumping to 10,000 steps a day when you average 5,000 may result in injury, so be smart and increase your steps over time.

Take your daily average and increase it by 20 percent (multiply current average by 1.2; current average 5,000 x 1.2 = 6,000). Update your new step goal on your Walkingspree home/portal page and track your steps daily. Once you have achieved your new goal and maintained it over a period of a week, increase your step goal again by 20 percent. If 20 percent is too challenging, increase your steps by 10 percent.

The good news is that studies show wearing a pedometer helps people increase their steps.

Here are ways to get in more steps:

  • Take the long way to the restroom, water cooler or break room.
  • Park your car at the back of the parking lot.
  • Take a walking break at work.
  • Take a lap around the grocery store or mall before shopping.
  • Walk with a buddy.
  • Make taking a walk before or after dinner a new habit.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

And of course, it’s Halloween and a great way to get in more steps. Take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the decorations, or tag along with the kids as they go trick-or-treating.

Share your favorite ways to get in extra steps in the comment section below or post your tips on our Facebook page.

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Move Smart! Making and Keeping Your Step Goals

Set your walking goals

Before the crush of the holidays and the threat of bad weather dim our resolve to exercise, take some time to set your walking goals. These time-tested strategies will help you keep on track.

Set a Specific Goal: Saying you are going to walk more and get healthier is great, but to be a true goal it needs to be specific and measureable. Determine your daily step goal and go for it and set it up on your home/portal page.

Use Your Pedometer: Not only is your pedometer an accurate way to track your steps and monitor your progress, it is also an excellent motivator. Knowing you have X number of steps to go might be the motivation you need to get moving. Who knows, it might motivate you to get in an extra 1,000 steps over your goal!

Make Time: Set a specific time to do your walking. It will help you develop a routine and thus help you achieve your daily step goals. Put it at the top of your “To Do” list and don’t let other priorities be an excuse not to walk. Remember, you are priority No. 1.

Keep a Record: Your Walkingspree account makes this easy. Review your daily step count and monitor your progress on your Step Tracker. Make sure you upload your steps frequently; say once or twice a week or even daily, to help you keep on track.

Get a Buddy, Be a Buddy: Participants who walk with a buddy walk farther. Be they real or virtual, buddies are a great way to get and give support, and push for “one more time around the block”. You can keep tabs on your buddies and send them gifts by clicking on the “Buddies” link located under the green navigation bar on your home/portal page.

Do you have a tip that works for you? Share it on our Facebook page or post it in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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Move Smart! 2011 Count Step-a-Lot Halloween Contest

Kone employees' entry into Walkingspree 2010 Halloween contest
The annual Walkingspree Count Step-a-Lot Halloween Contest is the perfect way to take more steps and have fun at the same time. And, if you’re dipping into the Halloween goodies, it is a great way to burn off some calories, too.

To help motivate you to take more steps this Halloween, whether it’s out walking with your kids from house to house or dancing up a storm at a Halloween party or traipsing to the door handing out treats, we’re offering you the chance to win a $100 gift card!

Good luck and have fun!


Send us a photo or a video of you wearing or holding your pedometer with some sort of Halloween theme in the picture. You can be dressed up, or you can be in front of a Halloween decorated yard as long as it’s Halloween theme related.

The winning photo or video will be posted on the Walkingspree blog and in the Walkingspree facebook page. You must have your pedometer showing in the photo or video or you won’t be eligible for the prize.

All entries must be in by noon EST. Thursday, Nov. 3rd. Send your entry to

There will be two category awards:
1. Most creative costume/theme.
2. Best group photo – get a group of coworkers together for a photo.


The winners will each receive a $100.00 Amazon Gift Certificate. The group prize goes to the submitter of the photo unless accompanied by a list of individuals in the photo, in which a draw can be done for the group if preferred.

Check out more photos from previous Walkingspree Count Step-a-Lot Halloween Contests.

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Move Smart! World Heart Day is Sept. 29

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death worldwide and claim 17.1 million lives a year, according to the World Heart Federation.

Even more alarming, an astounding 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stoke are preventable if certain lifestyle choices are modified – like tobacco use, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity.

This year’s World Heart Day theme – One World, One Home, One Heart – focuses on heart health within the family. The federation is challenging everyone to reduce their own risks and those of their loved ones by not smoking, eating better, and increasing physical activity.

Walking is one of the best ways to increase your activity and decrease your risk of heart disease. Study after study shows that by walking just 30 minutes least 5 times a week can make a huge impact in your health.

Walking is heart healthy. It:

  • Helps control weight
  • Reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces blood pressure in people with high blood pressure
  • Reduces the chances of developing high blood pressure
  • Helps raise the level of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)

So, show yourself some love and keep walking. And show someone you love by taking them on a walk every day.

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