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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) hosted our fourth annual Step into Summer 2019: Four Town Walking Competition from April 28th through June 8th in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. During the 6-week event, district residents and employees within the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield engaged in a friendly neighborhood competition in an effort to jump start an active and healthy summer.

Neary 700 participants of all ages from each respective town teamed up to track their activity using pedometers, Fitbits, or similar tracking devices, and reported their steps on a weekly basis aboard the Walker Tracker website. In culmination of the competition, CCHD held a closing ceremony on July 9th at The Richard D. Tulisano Summer Concert Series held at Elm Ridge Park’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill to commemorate this year’s participants and crown 2019’s champions.

The High Stepper Award Trophy, awarded to the town with the highest average steps per participant, was presented to Berlin’s Revenue Clerk Sheel Patel. At first place, the town of Berlin has been crowned champion for four consecutive years, registering a total of 18,872 miles with an average of 200.8 miles per each of their 94 participants during this year’s competition.

The Impact Award Plaque, awarded to the town with the highest number of participants, was presented to Newington’s Mayor Roy Zartarian. At second place, the town of Newington registered a total of 49,202 miles, the highest total miles in the competition, with an average of 183.6 miles per each of their 268 participants.

At third place, the town of Wethersfield registered a total of 33,790 miles with an average of 171.5 miles per each of their 197 participants. At fourth place, the Central Connecticut Health District registered a total of 1,371 miles with an average of 152.3 miles per each of their 9 participants. Last but not least, at fourth place, the town of Rocky Hill registered a total of 17,257 miles with an average of 138.1 miles per each of their 125 participants.

Collectively, all five teams have walked a total of 120,491miles: 4.8 times around the circumference of the earth (24,900 mi) or half of the way to the moon (238,855 mi) over the course of the 6-week competition!

The Central Connecticut Health District would like to express our sincerest gratitude and congratulate this year’s participants. We are also thankful to the representatives from our four towns who serve on the Steering Committee and to our partners at Anthem and Walker Tracker. We invite you to join us next year for 2020’s Walking Competition to keep moving in the right direction one step at a time!

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Step Into Summer 2019: Four-Town Walking Competition

The competition has ended! Congratulations to all participants!

Closing Ceremony

In culmination of the competition, CCHD will hold a closing ceremony on Tuesday, July 9th from 6-8 PM at The Richard D. Tulisano Summer Concert Series held at Elm Ridge Park’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill to commemorate this year’s participants and crown 2019’s champions.

Featured Awards

High Stepper Award Trophy: awarded to the town with the highest average steps per participant.

Impact Award Plaque: awarded to the town with the highest number of participants.

For more information about Rocky Hill’s Summer Concert Series, please turn to page 13 within the Summer 2019 Brochure.


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2019 Step Into Summer Four-Town Walking Competition

April 28th - June 8th


May 6, 2019 - Great going to the over 600 walkers who have signed up to participate in the Four-Town Walking Competition! Tell your friends, share a walk and move towards improved fitness!

There have been a few questions about syncing devices with the step tracking program. This article from the supportive folks at WalkerTracker may be of assistance. Here’s a helpful article explaining how syncing works.

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CChd’s 2019 four-town walking competition begins April 28th.

Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will host the fourth annual ‘Step into Summer: 2019 Walking Competition’ from April 28th through June 8th in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and our four towns. During the 6-week event, district residents and employees within the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield engage in a friendly neighborhood competition in an effort to jump-start an active and healthy summer.

Berlin has won the High Stepper Trophy each year! Will they win again?

Starting April 15, you can register here. Or visit https://cchd4town.walkertracker.com

New this year: Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, we will be able to use their exciting new step-tracking program: WalkerTracker. There is also a mobile app (search for WalkerTracker) that syncs with many phones, and wearable devices. But make sure to use this web address on the mobile app to register: https://cchd4town.walkertracker.com For instructions on using WalkerTracker click here. Don’t forget to register for your Town Team!

Guidelines: Any physical activity is encouraged. However, activities such as swimming and bike riding or those that are not trackable on a pedometer (or a tracking device) are limited to 30 minutes or 3,000 steps per day to be fair to the foot-based focus of the Walking Competiton.

Pedometers are also available for free on a first come first served basis. If you would like a pedometer, please contact the representative in your town:

Berlin: Lecia  Paonessa - lpaonessa@town.berlin.ct.us

Newington: Nick Pizzoferrato - NPizzoferrato@NewingtonCT.Gov

Rocky Hill: Rita Chhabra - rchhabra@rockyhillct.gov

Wethersfield: Cheryl Pearce - cheryl.pearce@wethersfieldct.gov

We invite you to join the 2019’s Walking Competition in an effort to keep moving in the right direction one step at a time!

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!