Staff Walk for Joplin, MO Hospital

Staff members at Upland Hills Health participated in a wellness campaign this summer to help raise money for St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, which suffered tremendous damage from the F5 tornado that directly hit their hospital on May 22. The tornado was the deadliest to hit the United States since 1947.

41 of the 42 teams of 4-5 staff members from Upland Hills Health walked approximately 4,000 steps each day (outside of work) from July 11-September 4 until they “reached” Joplin, MO.  The winning team logged 1,638 miles and cumulatively, all teams walked a total of 43, 491 miles. Incentives were provided to participants when teams reached pre-determined check points. Incentives were chosen to encourage health and wellness and included a Salad Bar and Wellness Center certificate and a coupon to Green Spirit Farms in Dodgeville for fresh produce. 

“Our Wellness Committee recognized an opportunity to rally staff members to take steps to improve their health.  Some staff have commented that the challenge to increase their steps was an eye-opening experience and has made them more conscious of their everyday activity,” commented Jaime Austin, Registered Dietitian and Co-Leader of the Wellness Committee at Upland Hills Health.

A donation of $1,000 will be made to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in honor of the teams that completed their goal of walking to Joplin