Bowdoin’s ‘Step Challenge’ Ups Its Game, Boasts 17-Hour Energy

Bowdoin housekeeper Jan Day enjoys a cup of coffee at a celebratory gathering after walking from 4:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., with breaks, for the Finance & Administration team.

 

For five years, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs has hit the track – challenging staffers to walk in the name of health and fitness.

This year, they stepped it up a notch – challenging employees from Finance & Administration to do the same.

“We started it back in the fall of 2007 as way to educate folks on how sedentary our jobs can make us and to encourage folks to be active – especially during this period of time over Thanksgiving when work is crazy but you also get a little down time,” says Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Margaret Hazlett.

Fifty-one staffers from Student Affairs and 246 from Finance & Administration participated in the step challenge at the Farley Field House track Wednesday.

“For many of us, the benefits of this challenge – aside from shedding light on how easy it is to be inactive in a day – have been the camaraderie and the humor used to motivate us,” says Hazlett.

 

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