Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) named Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire the winner of its On the Move company challenge, a national wellness competition focused on fueling corporate health initiatives to combat physical inactivity and ignite behavior change.

ABOUT The Challenge

Participating employees tracked activity through Fitbits, completed weekly move challenges and health quizzes while also engaging in online team support. Nationwide, almost 80,000 employees participated in this 12-week online challenge spanning April, May and June. The Cooperative was formally recognized as the winner of the competition on June 27, 2016.

87,000,000 STEPS

43,000 MILES


Collectively, the organization took over 87 million steps, covering about 43,000 miles. Group Health Cooperative employees walked around the world – nearly twice.

"We have an amazing, health-focused culture here at the Cooperative. With support from WELCOA and by coming together as a team, we were able to increase our daily physical activity and reach our goals. We knew the challenge would be difficult but our hard work has paid off!"

Celestee RoufsHealth Promotion ManagerGroup Health Cooperative of Eau Claire

WELCOA is one of the nation’s most respected resources for building high-performing, healthy workplaces. With a 30 year history and more than 5,000 corporate members, WELCOA has an impeccable reputation for helping businesses and health professionals improve employee well-being.

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LEADING THE WAY Inspiring Others



In order to help encourage healthier communities in Western Wisconsin, Group Health Cooperative sponsored the participation of several local businesses in the challenge. In total, Group Health Cooperative provided $7,288 in funding for almost 1,000 area employees for the challenge. Some of these companies included: