APHA set an ambitious goal this year of walking 1 billion steps by National Public Health Week and helping thousands of people start a healthy habit. Thanks to the exemplary pedestrian efforts and friendly competition of our participants, we crushed our target number and topped 2 billion steps!
From Jan. 9 to April 9, more than 8,000 people walked on 696 teams to help us reach 2.2 billion steps. Congratulations to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for walking 78,314,116 steps, the most overall steps by a group, and to Team Dedication, who had the highest daily average of steps.
Achieving 2.2 billion steps was a huge team effort. Our members, Affiliates and many of our friends in the public health universe engaged and motivated people in their local communities across the country. It goes to show that if we walk together – in real life or virtually – we can create conditions that put the U.S. on the path to becoming the healthiest nation.
This year’s challenge may be over, but the movement to create more active communities continues. APHA supports the Surgeon General’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. You can join us in advocating for communities that encourage physical activity. Check out these resources to get involved:
- Transportation and Health Tool: assess how your community is doing in terms of transportation and Health. Great for gathering statistics specific to your area.
- Webinar: Advancing Physical Activity Through Innovative Approaches: learn about DC Park Rx, Walk with a Doc at the HEALing Community Center in Atlanta, and after-school park programs at Miami-Dade Parks, Florida.
- APHA’s Health and Transportation pages: find more information on the link between public health, equity and transportation.