Basin Electric employees walk to the moon and almost back in 2016

Basin Electric's Fitbit challenge encourages employees to get moving, even during the winter.

Basin Electric’s Fitbit challenge encourages employees to get moving, even during the winter.

Well, not literally.

But the steps that 200 Basin Electric employees racked up in the co-op’s 2016 FitBit challenge are enough to have taken them to the moon and almost back.

With a FitBit around their wrist, the 200 participants recorded 858,368,088 steps last year.

Factor in the average length of a human’s stride at 30 inches, and they walked 406,424 miles. That’s enough to get them to the moon, which is an average of 238,855 miles away, and almost back again.

If that’s not enough, their FitBits recorded a total of 2,238,587 total floors climbed by the 200 participants.

Basin Electric’s BE Well team, an employee committee that promotes wellness, launched the FitBit Challenge in July 2015 as a way to motivate employees to be more active and improve or maintain their current quality of life. The challenge features monthly and semi-annual prize drawings who achieve the goals of their groups.

Participation, which is optional, is open to all full- and part-time employees. Participants must have a FitBit and are required to link their FitBit account to Basin Electric FitBit challenge website.

Basin Electric’s BE Well committee encourages employees to continue their wellness journey in 2017 by participating in this year’s FitBit challenge. Basin Electric employees are allowed and encouraged to walk the Headquarters walking path during their morning and afternoon breaks, when path conditions are safe for walking.

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