Magazine article The Nation's Health

1 Billion Steps Challenge Sign-Ups in Full Swing

Magazine article The Nation's Health

1 Billion Steps Challenge Sign-Ups in Full Swing

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NOW IS THE TIME for public health advocates to put their best foot forward in preparation for National Public Health Week.

Within the first week of its launch on Jan. 1, APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge, part of NPHW, saw nearly 300 teams pledge to log their steps. The goal, to hit 1 billion steps by NPHW in April, was surpassed in 2017, and this year's event is expected to be even more successful.

"Every year, the 1 Billion Steps Challenge gets bigger and better," said Melissa McNeily, MS, APHA's director of Affiliate affairs and a NPHW organizer. "We love that it's an opportunity for communities to get moving and get healthier together, and that with low barriers, it's easy for most people to get started right away."

The challenge allows participants to sign up through the Stridekick app on their mobile devices, then join a team or start one of their own.

Stridekick syncs with most fitness trackers to automatically log steps each day, or users can enter steps manually. Teams will be in friendly competition to see who racks up the most steps throughout the challenge.

Team captains can keep their members motivated through messaging tools on the app. Participants can also spread the word using the #1BillionSteps hashtag on social media.

Information on the 1 Billion Steps Challenge, including a toolkit, information on being a captain and frequently asked questions, is available on the NPHW website.

The 1 Billion Steps Challenge is just one part of APHA's efforts for NPHW, which has a theme this year of "Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together. …

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