Worcester Health Finishes Third in National One Billion Steps exercise challenge PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department took part in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) One Billion Steps Challenge this spring, walking more than six million steps between February and April. Members of Just Walk, Lifestyle Balance, and other Worcester Health programs helped our county place third out of 696 teams across the country.
 
“Together, Worcester County took small steps toward making big changes in our health and lifestyles,” said Prevention Director Kat Gunby. “We thank everyone who participated in this challenge. This is our county’s way of saying that we support the Surgeon General’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities.”
 
Walkers more than doubled the original goal of the challenge by the end of the contest, according to the APHA, with 2.2 billion steps recorded nationally. Worcester Health wants to encourage the community to continue the efforts started with the One Billion Steps Challenge. Walking is the perfect activity for all ages and fitness levels. With the weather warming up, it is a great time to explore the county’s wide variety of nature trails and parks. 
 
Benefits of walking include:
  • Weight loss and weight control.
  • Improved mood and lower risk of depression.
  • Lower risk of several diseases such as:
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Some cancers
 
To learn more about the Just Walk program or future Fun Walks in Worcester County visit worcesterhealth.org for more information or call 410.641.0056. You can also email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 15:36
 
 

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