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Get on your feet! The Workplace Walking Challenge begins Monday

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PHOENIX — A Phoenix company is challenging workers and their bosses to get up and move.

Terryberry’s Workplace Walking Challenge begins Monday. Companies and their employees can compete for prizes when they achieve the most average steps per worker, the most creative social-media posts and so on.

“Technology has allowed us to do some pretty amazing things while at work, but it creates a sedentary environment. And it’s having a negative impact on us,” U.S. Western manager for Terryberry Alex Allion said.

Even five minutes of activity, Allion said, means “People have a clearer mindset; there are fewer sick days. And, if people are walking together, there’s some camaraderie that goes a long way in terms of team building.”

The challenge runs through Nov. 11.

Terryberry has been part of the greater Phoenix business community since 1981 and currently serves more than 300 organizations across the state. The global business serves approximately 25,000 organizations with recognition programs, services and products.

“This program is about building a culture of wellness that transcends to all aspects of an individual’s personal and professional life,” said Mike Byam, a fourth-generation managing partner of Terryberry.

“Through both our wellness program and similar efforts at companies we work with, we’ve learned that employees who exercise regularly improve both a company’s bottom line and its culture and now we’re hoping to see that trend spread across Arizona.”

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