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Fitbits for leaders

Rostered leaders in the Southwestern Texas Synod, with the help of a grant from Portico Benefit Services, received Fitbits to use in their quest to become healthier. The tiny device measures steps taken and quality of sleep. Aside from regular workouts, users get “credit” for daily walking at work, home and for leisure. The Fitbits are to encourage community, accountability and improving physical wellness, said Lori Ruge-Jones, a member of the synod’s professional leaders team. The synod, which received grant money after enough leaders filled out the wellness survey, is “walking to Jerusalem” by Easter — 15 million steps. In the first two weeks of the challenge, the 32 walkers had logged 3.3 million steps.


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