Cayman’s Office of the Auditor General, more known for poring over spreadsheets and holding government to account, is apparently also filled with avid walkers. The office’s 14 team members, calling themselves The Watchdogs, took the civil service’s Every Step Counts prize for walking more than 3 million steps over three weeks.
The pedometer challenge included 58 members of the Cayman Island Civil Service who walked a total of almost 9.3 million steps. Coming in a distant second, the Government Information Services team (the GIS Hot Steppers) walked a total of more than 1.5 million steps among its 10 members.
“This is important because sedentary lifestyles contribute to increased risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. This, in turn, increases healthcare costs, curtails productivity and seriously impacts the quality of family life,” explained Winston Sobers, a member of the committee that organized the event.
Team members wore pedometers for three weeks to record each step they took to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices.
An award ceremony last week capped a month-long push for Cayman’s government employees to lead healthier lives. Cory Martinson, with the Information Commissioner’s Office, won the award for best smoothie in a “best healthy shake/smoothie” competition last month.
Three men from the Office of the Auditor General took the most steps in the three weeks, with Ruel Huet taking the top spot. He walked more than 870,000 steps, the equivalent of roughly 400 miles. There are 2,000 to 2,500 steps in a mile, according to what’s generally accepted by fitness experts.
Marcia Murray, with the Ministry of Health, took the gold medal for the women, walking more than 420,000 steps. The two winners received $50 gift certificates and 7-inch Alcatel tablets from LIME.