Oktoberfest Health Challenge!

You are all invited to join your JHSC in a Health and Wellness walking challenge.

The challenge is from Oct 1-31st . We have chosen an Oktoberfest theme to walk the beautiful countryside along the Rhine River in Germany – from Frankfurt to Bonn.

Thank you to all who have registered. Please send your updates to Sarah or myself to track your progress for you. We will update and email all the participants the tracking sheet every week. You can send them to us daily or weekly – whichever works best for you. If you carry your iPhone with you there is already a health app on your phone, but there are plenty of pedometer or step apps for free for all the different kinds of smart phones. Or, for around $10 you can buy a pedometer you hook onto your belt if that’s easier. The idea is to keep it simple and get in motion! You may be surprised by how many (or how few) steps you actually take in a day!

EVERY SINGLE STEP counts towards a healthier you, so even if you just want to record your daily steps and be part of the challenge we welcome all participation! If you are trying to complete the challenge, you should know that the trip is 156 KM so you will need to average 6000 steps or about 5KM per day. We have decided that we will also give credit to anyone who is a bicyclist or swimmer and steps will be calculated as follows:

  • For every KM bicycled, we will give you 300 steps
  • For every 100 M swam, we will award you 475 steps
  • We are using 1250 steps as one KM to do our calculations.

 

Oh and yes, there are incentive prizes – though truthfully the greatest reward is a healthier you! So on behalf of your entire Joint Health and Safety Committee I encourage your participation to join us on this journey!

 

Lisa McConnell

Safety & Compliance Manager

Here’s the form if you still need it triton walking challenge

 

Here are some Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Oktoberfest!

Known for it’s buxom beer maids and bearded men wearing lederhosen, here are soem facts about the legendary annual German event that are certainly worth toasting.

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It’s not a beer festival

“Wuuuuhat”? Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest – or “Wiesn”, to the locals – is not a beer festival, but the anniversary celebration of the wedding between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and his wife, Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. When the love birds hitched in 1810, the royals commemorated the event with a public party where not a single drop of the liquid gold was spilled! It wasn’t until 1819 that the horse races were replaced by beer vendors. Despite their initial prudence, you’ll still find doting monarchists today raising a stein (“krug” in German) in honor of the old lord and lady who made it all possible.

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Oktoberfest doesn’t serve beer…

Another mind-boggling fact to get your weary head around, the festival doesn’t serve ‘beer’, per se, but the appropriately named Oktoberfestbier. Served in 13 huge drinking tents, and made by just six Munich-based breweries, these special tipples are unique to the event, and calling them anything less than their given namesake could see you in trouble with the devoted local patrons.
It has an alternative side…
Believe it or not, there’s much more to Oktoberfest than booze. Music is a very important factor in the celebrations, with every alcohol tent featuring brass bands playing a mix of reworked chart hits from the likes of the Black Eyed Peas alongside traditional German Oompah classics. If a song and dance isn’t your thing, you can head for the Armbrustschützenzelt tent. A popular pavilion for locals and internationals alike, you can spend your time inside drinking Paulaner brewhouse’s Oktoberfestbier, devouring a succulent knuckle of pork and practicing your bow and arrow skills in the annual crossbow competition.
Oktoberfest has attracted between 5 and 7 million visitors each year during the last decade. Statistics say that roughly 70% of visitors to Oktoberfest in Munich come from Bavaria, 15 % from the rest of Germany and 15% from European countries, the US, Australia and Canada.

Survival of the strongest

Not only are they exclusive to the party, these VIBs (Very Important Beers) pack a punch. Served in the classic 1-liter beer stein, the average Oktoberfestbier delivers a whopping 6% ABV, making these golden-amber lagers stronger than your average brew. Nevertheless, these strong beers are consumed in their olympic-sized pool load – with 6.4 million litres bought at last year’s event.

No drinking without consent

You’d think that this behemoth of a beer celebration would be a bit of an anything goes affair, but you’d be wrong. Drinking at Oktoberfest can only commence when the master of ceremonies – the mayor of Munich – cracks open the first barrel of beer, proclaiming ‘O’ zapft is’ (‘It’s tapped!’).
The Oktoberfest “tents” are huge halls made from steel and wood. They are erected only for the Octoberfest, and then removed from the Wiesn. There are 14 large tents with seats for up to 10,000 people, inside and outside. Then there are about 18 smaller tents with seats for a few hundred guests. In summary, there more than 100,000 seats at Oktoberfest in Germany.

It doesn’t start in October

What’s in a name? Not much it seems, as this legendary autumn event doesn’t even start in October! Over the years there’s been a shift to an earlier, hopefully sunnier mid-September start, with the whole festival starting this year on September 19th, and it finished on October 4th, when 12 riflemen sounded a salute on the steps of the Bavaria Statue.

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Drink to your good health!

The reason why Oktoberfest has become such an important and popular Munich landmark is not out of mere hedonism, but necessity. Southern Bavaria was once notorious for its awful fresh water supply, so to avoid cholera, the plague and other such nasty ailments, locals would wet their whistles with the safer, arguably tastier alternative of beer. Water purification has come on leaps and bounds since the 19th century, but that’s not to say that some traditions are worth keeping nonetheless. So, drink to your good health, or ‘zum Wohl!’ as the locals shout!
Paris Hilton is permanently banned from Oktoberfest
While drinkers as young as 14 can join the party if accompanied by an adult, the security are known for their no-nonsense approach to safeguarding the celebration. A selection of handsy over-drinkers are banned each year, but top of the notoriety list is the hotel heiress.

Dressed in her skimpiest Bavarian ‘dirndl’ (the traditional Oktoberfest dress), the American socialite showed up to the 2006 to promote a brand of canned wine, without any sort of prior arrangement with the Oktoberfest organizers. After some sizeable and intoxicated public outrage, Paris was banished from ever returning to the party.
Entry to the Oktoberfest grounds (Wiesn) is free and you do not need to pay to go into the tents. The most expensive beer is sold at the Bratwurst Hall for 10.40€ for one liter.  The cheapest beer can be found at the Vinzenz Murr Metzgerstuben Tent for a straight 10€.

It’s a surprisingly kid-friendly zone

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Over recent years, organizers for the festival have tried to steer away from the image of the world’s most popular watering hole to a more family friendly extravaganza. The carnival aspect has always been a big deal at Oktoberfest, but now it’s bigger than ever, with a Ferris wheel, roller coasters, games and traditional Bavarian parades open to people of all ages, shapes and varying degrees of drunkenness.
Source

http://www.momondo.com/inspiration/oktoberfest-2014-facts/

http://www.germany-insider-facts.com/oktoberfest-munich.html

http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/article/About+the+Oktoberfest/About+the+Oktoberfest/The+official+beer+prices+for+2015!/4227/