Shasta County participants took enough steps during this year’s Walktober Challenge to make it nearly halfway to the moon.

This October, 820 people from 34 different workplaces throughout Shasta County walked 115,803 miles during the month-long challenge, which encourages working professionals to be more active and healthy.

Redding Rancheria’s Chairman Jack Potter Jr. has gone through a transformation, and the Walktober Challenge gave him that extra push of motivation for some serious health changes. He even included five hours of walking while trick-or-treating with his grandson on Halloween to reach his goals.

“The Walktober Challenge has taught me to set goals for myself and to date, I’m down 104 pounds since March of this year without going under the knife,” says Jack Potter Jr. “I am thankful for my eyes being opened to a healthier life, which will hopefully extend my years.”

The challenge aimed to encourage everyone, but especially working people, to become healthier, happier and more energetic at work.  Compared to less active adults, people who are more active have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

United Shasta and Shasta Mosquito Vector Control District took first place in the challenge for the large and small workplace. Both will receive a traveling trophy and a bike blender smoothie party for their participants. This is the 2nd year in a row that Shasta Mosquito Vector Control District has won the challenge for small workplaces.

Seven other participants were randomly selected for prizes that ranged from YMCA personal trainer sessions to the grand prize of a one night stay at Win-River’s Chair Suite with a spa and dining gift card. The Walktober Challenge will return in October 2019.

The Walktober Challenge is organized by Healthy Shasta’s Health Works group, a network of partners that foster a supportive work environment that encourages healthy lifestyles.