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Hardy student honored nationally in fitness challenge

Monday, August 1, 2011

Jordan Haley from Hardy was nationally recognized July 14 as a top student in the Blue and You Fitness Challenge.

Highland High School also received an award during the fitness challenge event.

Haley attended the award ceremony at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock with groups from 33 states.

The groups gathered and the "true identities" of groups and students were revealed as winners of the 2011 Blue and You Fitness Challenge.

This is the eighth year for the fitness challenge, an exercise contest held annually March 1 through May 31. Besides the challenge hosts -- Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS)--representatives from other companies, organizations, and state agencies statewide (and outside of Arkansas) joined in the competition and were recognized at the awards ceremonies.

As Challenge participants exercised their way virtually across the United States, they could receive daily motivational messages by following the Challenge on Facebook and Twitter. Winners from the year's challenge and pictures from the media conference will be posted on Facebook and the Web site. (www.blueandyoufitnesschallenge-ark.com)

"Thousands of Americans decided to boost their fitness routine and give 'Fitness a Pow!' by participating in the Challenge this year," said Richard Cooper, vice president of Human Resources for Arkansas Blue Cross.

A total of 183 groups representing large and small companies, banks, schools and universities, physician offices, churches, hospitals and state agencies made a commitment to fitness by spending some time exercising and reaping the rewards of better fitness.

The 9,998 individuals participating in those groups logged 468,886 checkpoints during the contest.

To log a checkpoint, participants exercised at least 30 minutes, which translates -- at a minimum -- to 234,443 hours of exercising during the Challenge.

Four measures determined the winners of the Challenge: 1 -- Goal Participation (percentage of participants meeting/exceeding 30 checkpoints; 35 points); 2 -- Exercise Frequency (average number of checkpoints per participant; 35 points); 3 -- Overall Participation (percent of eligible population participating; 20 points); and 4 -- Persistency Rate (lowest rate of nonstarters; 10 points).

The highest scoring group on a single item earned the points assigned to that measure and was the winner of that measure.

The group earning the most cumulative points was declared the overall winner (in each group size category).

Highland High School achieved the Group Category 6 (15-16 participants) award. Jordan Haley, a senior at Highland High School, was one of four overall student winners. In addition to being recognized as top achievers, Blue and You Fitness Challenge participants reaped health and fitness awards.

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