Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Wellness Challenge 2020

Glastonbury, CT June 30, 2020 – The winners of the recent Chamber Wellness Challenge have been announced! They include teams from Mary Wade, Inc., and Spectrix Services.

The Chamber Wellness Challenge was a 90 day team walking challenge for area businesses and individuals that Eric Thompson, Principal of of Blue Back Health co-chaired with Shana Schneider of Fitstyle by Shana. It was sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare in partnership with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, and their Health and Life Sciences Committee, of which Eric has been a member for over 4 years. Chamber Wellness Challenge participants were able to access Blue Back Health’s wellness technology platform to log their steps through a number of options including text tracking, mobile app, and wearable devices.

Over the course of the 90-day Challenge, 40 teams walked. Each individual team member had a goal of 450,000 steps at the end of the 90 days. At the close of the event over 15 teams met the challenge and total steps walked were in excess of 100 million!

“On behalf of all the teams, and our Blue Back Health team, this was one of the most successful community events we have seen” said Eric Thompson. “With everyone in quarantine mode the Chamber Wellness Challenge provided the opportunity for virtual teams to stay active, track their steps, watch the leaderboard, and enjoy a distraction from COVID-19.”

Garrett Sheehan, President & CEO of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce stated, “The Chamber Wellness Challenge was only possible because of the technology and team at Blue Back Health. Eric Thompson created a seamless platform for tracking wellness across a group of independent, small businesses. These businesses and their employees were able to participate in a program that featured the benefits of a large corporate wellness program, but was individualized to maximize their success. It was an incredible demonstration of scale and collaboration built on a dynamic network platform.”

“As the chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care & Life Sciences Council, it was my pleasure to work with Eric and his team to roll-out the Chamber Wellness Challenge.” said Paul Bartosic, Direct of Sales, Harvard Pilgrim. “Even in light of COVID-19, Eric’s team pulled off an amazing feat. In addition, as one of the participants in The Challenge, I found the technology very user-friendly and a great way to track my progress toward various goals. For all of these reasons, I was eager to have Harvard Pilgrim Health Care sponsor this year’s Challenge.”

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