Cayuga Community College will once again do a wellness challenge, except this time, it will invite two other regional colleges to compete.

Last year, CCC campus community members walked 67,683,725 steps, lost 265 pounds, raised more than $420 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and contributed more that 2,000 canned goods, 20 hams and $270 to Cayuga and Oswego county food pantries, according to a press release from the college.

Now SUNY Cortland and Onondaga Community College have been invited to join the challenge and participate in a friendly competition to get healthy and help local communities, according to the press release.

This year also marks the pilot year of the re-branded SUNY Wellness Challenge. The eight-week competition will promote healthy living, fitness and workplace camaraderie. The challenge begins Feb. 25 and concludes April 21, according to the press release.

The challenge will involve four-person teams that will earn points by tracking their steps, exercise routines, intake of vegetables and fruits, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and by doing wellness events like giving blood.

The challenge is organized by the CCC Wellness Committee and the Administrative Professionals Group, as well as by peers at SUNY Cortland and OCC, according to the press release.

For information and to track the competition, visit http://www.sunywellnesschallenge.com.

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