PrintA new year presents a time to reflect, recharge and set new goals. At APHA, we’ve set a goal this year of taking 1 billion steps by the end of National Public Health Week — and we want you to join us!

Our 1 Billion Steps Challenge is a fun way to connect with others and take steps to improve our nation’s health. Regular physical activity like walking can greatly reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. With this challenge, we hope to get as many people as possible to start the healthy habit of walking every day.

The challenge runs from Jan. 9 to April 9. You can join our team, or start your own with a group of friends or co-workers. We provide the technology platform that lets you count steps by syncing your device or entering them manually. We also have resources and materials available to help you promote a walking event to your entire community. If you are already planning a steps challenge using another platform, we can count your activity toward our goal of 1 billion steps as well. Read more about how the challenge works in our Q&A.

There are countless ways to start logging steps: take family walks, schedule walking meetings at the office or walk your children to school. The more people who join, the quicker we’ll reach our goal and encourage healthy habits.

We will begin counting steps on Jan. 9, so register for APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge and join a team today!