After week one of the Cleveland Health Challenge the team from the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce held a 6.4 mile advantage over the Cabinet Cruisers from Delta State University. As of Friday, Oct. 5, the chamber team had completed 92.4 miles with the Delta State team close behind with 86 miles completed and the City of Cleveland team in a distant third with 34 miles walked.
The contest includes 11 team members from each organization. The first team to walk a cumulative 250 miles, which is equal to the distance from the Delta State fitness trail to the Blue Cross/Blues Shield Foundation of Mississippi headquarters and back, will be declared the winner.
The Health Challenge is part of the “Healthy Campus/Community Initiative” which seeks to build a campus and community culture of wellness while addressing the unique health challenges of the Delta. The initiative is led by Delta State’s College of Education, which was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.