For the second year in a row APHA will coordinate a steps challenge to encourage physical activity and strive for the goal of reaching one billion collective steps. The challenge, appropriately named APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge, is open to everyone and is supported by StrideKick, who has once again offered users free access to their fitness tracking platform. Participants can sync their devices or enter steps manually. It’s simple and accessible for everyone! APHA will manage all of the details – all you need to do is sign-up and walk, jog or run your way to helping APHA reach 1 billion steps.
Last year’s challenge, which took place from April through May, resulted in nearly 600 million steps – an enormous number, but still short of the goal. This year, the challenge will be launched January 9, 2017 and will run until National Public Health Week 2017, which takes place April 3-9, 2017. Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign-up and no amount of steps is too small – all are welcome!
It’s fun. It’s healthy. And it’s also a great platform to start a conversation about designing communities that promote physical activity for all. Give everyone access to parks, paths and sidewalks that make walking easy and safe. Expand the number of bike lanes and promote active commuting. These are examples of community improvements that will help create the healthiest nation in one generation.
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Images courtesy of the Easter Highlands Health District, Eastern Highlands, CT