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Blue & You Fitness Challenge concludes with awards event

Little Rock, Ark. (June 26, 2018) — The 2018 winners of the Blue & You Fitness Challenge were announced at the Challenge wrap-up event held July 5 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

The Challenge is the longest-running, free-to-the public fitness contest in the state and celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. Since the website went live in 2007 and began tracking participants, more than 100,000 people have competed. Participants log their exercise throughout the Challenge and receive points for their teams..

This year, 8,162 participants in 177 groups joined the competition. The groups hailed from 41 states and ranged in size from 2 to 1,428 participants. They averaged 51 days of exercise during the 92-day Challenge, or nearly 4 days per week..

As part of the 15th anniversary, a special competition was held between the three founders of the Challenge: Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services. A three-part, relay race-themed video series kept the team members motivated as the contest progressed. The final installment revealed the winner. Find out more. “Inspiring others to care about their health is what the Challenge – and this company – is all about,” said Curtis Barnett, president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Blue Cross. “Getting out into the community, and helping others get active in a fun and interesting way was our goal for the Challenge, and a goal we have been able to meet since 2004.”

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) also announced the winners of its Healthy Active Arkansas Hospital Challenge and School Challenge at today’s event. ACHI’s challenges encouraged Arkansas hospitals and schools to participate in the Blue & You Fitness Challenge, competing against each other for statewide fitness recognition. In all, 22 hospitals and 46 schools participated.

“At ACHI, we believe hospitals must lead by example when it comes to health and fitness,” said Dr. Joe Thompson, ACHI president and CEO. “Similarly, schools are an ideal environment to foster lifelong healthy habits. This contest complements the Healthy Active Arkansas plan for reducing obesity and improving the health of Arkansans, two of our passions.”

Winners of the ACHI Healthy Active Arkansas Hospital and School challenges were determined by highest overall percentage of staff participation in three size categories: small, medium and large.

2018 Blue and You Fitness Challenge Winners

Founders' Challenge
1st place – Arkansas Department of Human Services
2nd place – Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield 
3rd place – Arkansas Department of Health

Group Category 1 (2-3 Participants)
1st place – Active Arkies
2nd place – On the Move
3rd place – Bear’s Fans

Group Category 2 (4-5 Participants)
1st place – Oregon Trail Blazers
2nd place – Scruggs Fab Four
3rd place – Prince Hall #5 Alive

Group Category 3 (6-7 Participants)
1st place – #BlueYouAway 
2nd place – Ellen Smith Tigers / First National Bank of Wynne / SFLIC
3rd place – Marguerite Vann Elementary

Group Category 4 (8-9 Participants)
1st place – WRBobcats
2nd place – Brown & Brown NWA
3rd place – Slimslimslayers

Group Category 5 (10-11 Participants)
1st place – TENWONDERS
2nd place – CrossRidge Community Hospital
3rd place – Magazine School District

Group Category 6 (12-15 Participants)
1st place – Lamar Middle School
2nd place – Fraser Imagineers
3rd place – Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission / Emerson School

Group Category 7 (16-18 Participants)
1st place – The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas
2nd place – USA Truck
3rd place – Silver Sneakers of Clinton.

Group Category 8 (19-23 Participants)
1st place – Florence Mattison.
2nd place – Pace Industries Harrison Division
3rd place – Levi Hospital

Group Category 9 (24-29 Participants)
1st place – Pace-Patterson Mold and Tool
2nd place – TEAM SPEDMHSD
3rd place – Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union

Group Category 10 (30-41 Participants)
1st place – Umarex USA
2nd place – City of La Mesa / Grafton Rocks / K&K Veterinary Supply
3rd place – Johnson Dermatology / Gearhead Outfitters

Group Category 11 (42-99 Participants)
1st place – ACHI. 
2nd place—FIS Little Rock
3rd place— Opportunities, Inc.

Group Category 12 (100+ Participants)
1st place – Summit Utilities
2nd place – Searcy Public Schools 
3rd place – America’s Car-Mart

2018 ACHI Healthy Active Arkansas challenge winners

Hospital Challenge winners:
Small – Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital, Little Rock
Medium – Baptist Health Medical Center, Conway
Large – St. Bernards Medical Center, Jonesboro

School Challenge winners:
Small – Bob Courtway Middle School, Conway
Medium – Emerson Elementary School, Taylor
Large – Chicot Elementary School, Mabelvale

About Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 106 million members — one in three Americans.

About Arkansas Department of Health
The mission of Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans. The ADH accomplishes this mission by responding to outbreaks and other public health emergencies, implementing programs to educate and improve health outcomes, licensing and certifi of professionals and facilities, and providing evidence-based preventive health services in communities throughout the state. In 2016, the ADH received national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

About Arkansas Department of Human Services The mission of the Arkansas Department of Human Services is to improve the quality of life of all Arkansans by protecting the vulnerable, fostering independence and promoting better health through a wide array of services, public assistance programs and licensing and regulatory functions.

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