Patterson announces top three Count Your Steps winners

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, with Detroit Zoo mascots
Junior Z and Zooper Hero at his side, announced the top three schools
and school districts whose students walked the most steps during the
month of March at the eighth annual Count Your Steps finale.

Shrine
Catholic Grade School placed first this year; Franklin Road Christian
in Novi was second; and St. Fabian in Farmington Hills finished third.
West Bloomfield School District took first place among participating
school districts. Second place went to Avondale Schools. Clawson Public
Schools finished third.

Shrine third and fourth
graders joined Patterson and his furry friends to take a nearly two
mile “victory walk” around the Detroit Zoo.

“I
may be walking with the first place students today, but all the kids who
got out and got active this year are winners,” said Patterson. “The
number of obese children in the U.S. has doubled in the past decade. My
Count Your Steps initiative is designed to do something about it here in
Oakland County.”

Shrine’s students earned the
first place prize for the fourth year in a row by walking an average of
201,910 steps per student, a total of 55,323,390 steps. Franklin Road
Christian’s students walked an average of 195,108 steps per student, a
total of 19,901,059 steps. St. Fabian’s students walked an average
179,115 per student, or 18,269,778 total steps.

The
West Bloomfield School District averaged 1,656,758 steps per week;
Avondale Schools walked an average of 1,517,396 steps per week; and
Clawson Public Schools reported in with an average of 1,093,156 steps
per week.

The Count Your Steps program ran the
entire month of March this year with more than 17,000 students at 142
schools participating, logging 1,081,120,626 steps or 511,894 miles –
nearly 20 times around the Earth. Students also ate 261,980 servings of
fruits and vegetables. Since the program’s inception, more than 156,000
Oakland County third and fourth grade students have logged more than 16
billion steps or 288 times around the Earth.

Alarmed
by the growing national epidemic of childhood obesity, Patterson
launched Count Your Steps in 2004 to encourage Oakland County kids to
become active and make proper nutrition choices. For more information
about Count Your Steps go to www.countyoursteps.org

2011
program sponsors are: Platinum: PNC Bank. Gold: AT & T, Brooksie
Way, HealthPlus of Michigan, The Palace of Auburn Hills, The Detroit
Zoo, Oakland County Parks, POH Medical Center, and Oakland County Health
Division. Silver: Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and St. Joseph
Mercy-Oakland. Supporting: Medical Network One.