Sixth grader Noah Sarauer won the WW Health 'Dash to Disney' Grand Prize Trip. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Sixth grader Noah Sarauer won the WW Health 'Dash to Disney' Grand Prize Trip. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

Submitted by Maggie Cogbill, WW Health

BALDWIN, WI – Western Wisconsin Health (WW Health) held the Dash to Disney finale event on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to finish their family-friendly 10-week community walking challenge and awarded one lucky participant a trip to Disney World. A total of 442 participants completed the challenge!

The location of the finale event was changed to the Baldwin-Woodville High School to accommodate the overwhelming number of participants. Activities included games, photos with The Boy Who Never Grew Up and his Green Fairy Friend by Suzanne Wynveen, and additional surprise prizes. Participants had to be present to win and they were present filling the bleachers in gym with excited anticipation.

Prizewinners included:
• Grand Prize Trip to Disney – 6th grader Noah Sarauer
• WWH Fitness Center $50 Gift Certificate (Donated by WWH) - Chase Margelofsky
• Mall of America Prize Package (Donated by Thunder Country) - Anson Veenstra
• Water Craft Rental Gift Certificate (Donated by Glen Hills County Park) - Kristin Moore
• Mall of America Prize Package (Donated by Thunder Country) - Justin Fritz
• State Park Pass (Donated by Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinic State Parks, Inc) - Jake Meier

Participants of the Dash to Disney challenge worked together to achieve one goal: walking to Disney World! Throughout the challenge, participants (ages 5 and up) virtually stepped to 7 different Disney locations around the globe. Alexis Warzon, a personal trainer at WW Health, tracked the progress along the way and provided fun facts about each location. Total, participants accumulated 350,079,704 steps during the 10-week challenge. This is approximately 175,039.852 MILES! By the 3rd week of the challenge, the group had traveled through all 7 destinations, so the team at WW Health decided to set a new goal of 3 trips and came very close to reaching that goal.

Everyone who participated in this walking fitness challenge was a winner! You are not only imagining a healthier you, you are creating a healthier you.

“We are so pleased with the participation of so many families throughout the community,” said Natasha Ward, Director of Community Health Improvement. “This was larger than we ever dreamed possible – having to triple our goal was a great unexpected surprise. We hope this challenge has inspired them and others to continue their wellness journey.”

For more information about wellness opportunities at WW Health, please visit wwhealth.org.