Area businesses stride toward healthier lifestyle


Running legend to kick off the 2008 Bellin Run Corporate Challenge
GREEN BAY — With the Bellin Run just months away (June 14, 2008), many local businesses are looking for the path to a healthier lifestyle for their employees. Part of that inspiration might come from running legend Frank Shorter, the keynote speaker for the Bellin Run Corporate Challenge informational meeting on Friday, February 8. The meeting takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Bellin Health & Athletic Performance Center, 1630 Commanche Ave., Ashwaubenon.
The informational meeting, which includes breakfast, will feature a motivational presentation from Shorter, the champion of the first Bellin Run in 1977 who also earned a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1976 games. He is considered one of the pioneers of the running “boom” which began in the 1970s.
The Bellin Run CorporateChallenge is a wellness program where local companies go head-to-head in a friendly competition while promoting a healthier lifestyle. Last year, more than 3,000 employees from 72 companies took part in the challenge.
“The Bellin Run Corporate Challenge is a big win for everybody involved,” said Randy Van Straten, Bellin Run race director. “While employees are gaining camaraderie and seeing the benefits of consistent exercise, employers are gaining a workforce that is more health-conscious.”
“The Bellin Run is an event for everyone and, whether you walk or run, it’s never too late to make this year your first 10K”, said Carol LeGate, Bellin Run Corporate Challenge coordinator. “Every individual has their own fitness level. The goal is to improve that level.”
Past Corporate Challenge teams have ranged from 2 to more than 200 members, linked to the workforces of local participating companies which vary from 10 to more than 2,000 employees. Bellin provides Corporate Challenge teams with training materials including t-shirts, guides and log books so each employee can be prepared for the Bellin Run. A coordinator also works on an individual basis with companies and their team captains to provide informational sessions and motivation. After the race, Bellin will present participation and performance awards to qualifying companies.