Preventive and Behavioral Medicine team wins walking challenge

November 10, 2011

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Team “Move to the Beat” won the 2011 Road Bowl Walking Challenge. From left: Bob Magner, Barbara Olendzki, Danny Makridakis, Emily Panza and Sue Druker.

A team from the Department of Medicine’s Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine walked an average of 22,496 steps per day and won the grand prize in the Colleges of Worcester Consortium’s 2011 Road Bowl Walking Challenge. The team “Move to the Beat” comprised Susan Druker, Daniel Makridakis, Robert Magner, Emily Panza and Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH. 

An award ceremony marking the achievement will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Quinsigamond Community College, where the winning teams and leaders of each consortium school will also be honored.

Thirty-four UMMS teams, representing more than 200 walkers, joined this wellness initiative challenge. Over an eight-week period, team members used a pedometer to track their steps and logged them on the competition’s website. Overall, more than 900 walkers from consortium colleges competed.