Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 11, 2011

Active U winners announced; $9,800 donated to Emergency Hardship Program

Active U's sixth year proved to be its biggest to date, with more than 11,300 participants logging more than 20 million physical activity minutes and raising $9,841 for the U-M Emergency Hardship Program.

Division winners

More than 450 Active U teams competed in 10 divisions. Top teams in each division are based on the percentage of personal goals achieved by team members and logging minutes at least three days per week:

• Big House division — Eyes on Brighton
• Blue division — Wii Support U 3
• Diag division — Southern Fried Assets; Ham Around the World (tie)
• Go Blue division — Hard Core Four Plus One
• Maize division — Campbell's Kids
• The Rock division — 100 Percent Solution
• Varsity division — The Grenades
• Victors division — eFabulous
• Wolverines division — CVC Girls Gone Wild
• Wolves division — MCOHR

Charity donations

This year, participants donated more than $9,800 to go to charities chosen by randomly selected teams from each of the university's three campuses. All three teams, MOTT PACU, Ross Careers and The Thompson Tornado, selected the U-M Emergency Hardship Program (EHP), a university program that assists employees who are experiencing an immediate, severe and temporary financial situation due to an emergency. 

"This is an excellent sign of commitment by our staff and faculty to help fellow employees who are in need," says Tom Waldecker, director of the U-M Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and a member of the EHP Finance Committee. "We all are susceptible to having a financial situation that catches us off guard and unprepared. The Emergency Hardship Program helps to fill some of the gap caused by an emergency financial crisis."

For more information on the U-M Emergency Hardship Program, go to

Grand prize winners

Active U also gave away three cash grand prizes ranging from $250 to $500 to Active U participants who successfully completed eight out of 12 program weeks and answered the post-program questions. One winner was chosen from each campus:

• JoAnn Ford, UM-Flint, $500
• Noel Hornbacher, UM-Dearborn, $250
• Tamara Neely, U-M, Ann Arbor campus, $250

Jessica Sobolewski, MHealthy physical activity coordinator, says MHealthy will continue to offer its online physical activity tracker year-round for faculty and staff who want to continue to track their exercise. Go to to access the tracker.

For more information on MHealthy programs and services, go to