APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge — #1BillionSteps

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Taking Small Steps for Big Change

Thanks to your exemplary pedestrian efforts and friendly competition, we crushed our goal to reach 1 billion steps by National Public Health Week 2017. We topped 2 billion steps!

We helped thousands of people start a healthy habit

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.

We showed how public health can achieve big goals

This 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.

Let’s start a movement for active communities!

APHA supports the Surgeon General’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. Please join us in advocating for communities that encourage physical activity. We have resources to help:

APHA will continue to promote step challenges in the future. 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.

In the meantime, keep walking! And let’s do all we can to make walking and moving easier for everyone in our communities.

Read this Public Health Newswire post about how two 1 Billion Steps Challenge teams — Dent County Health Department in Missouri and Platt College School of Nursing in Aurora, Colorado — used the challenge to promote health in their communities.

Questions? Email us!

Becoming the Healthiest Nation

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Changing our health means ensuring conditions that give everyone the opportunity to be healthy. Become a part of the movement for change.

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