Join Kane Health Counts in the Billion Steps Challenge

 
Submitted by Kane County Department of Health
Posted1/9/2019 7:27 PM
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  • Kane Health Counts encourages residents to participate in the Billion Steps Challenge, sponsored by the American Public Health Association.

    Kane Health Counts encourages residents to participate in the Billion Steps Challenge, sponsored by the American Public Health Association. Courtesy of American Public Health Association

Kane County is participating in the "Billion Steps Challenge," a national walking challenge.

The American Public Health Association's Billion Steps Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote good health and physical activity in your community.

The association's goal is to collectively walk 1 billion steps by April 7.

The challenge began Jan. 1, 2019, with a goal of reaching more than 1 billion collective steps by the association's National Public Health Week celebration the first week of April.

They hope to get as many people as possible to start the habit of walking every day.

Consistent physical activity, like walking, helps prevent chronic disease, and improve quality of life, mental health and healthy aging.

The American Public Health Association offers tools to help you organize a walking challenge in your neighborhood, workplace or congregation, or you can use their sample marketing materials to invite your whole community to join! No matter how big or small, they make it easy for you to get people moving.

Locally, the challenge is hosted by the Kane Health Counts' Chronic Disease Action Team. Visit www.kanehealthcounts.org

Here's how to join:

• Download MoveSpring app on your device (available on Google Play or the App Store), or use the web version.

• Create an account, connect your device and complete your profile.

• Enter organization code: APHA2019

• Select "APHA Billion Steps Challenge" as your group name

• Click "join a team" and select our team: KaneHealthCounts and click join. (Once you join, do not remove yourself from the team. If you do it, will not let you re-join).

You are all set for the Billion Steps Challenge!

Kane Health Counts is sponsored by the Kane County Health Department, a Public Health Accreditation Board accredited health department. To learn about other Public Health programs and services, visit kanehealth.com.

The Kane County Health Department was recognized as a winner of the 2015 Healthy Communities Achievement Award for their chronic disease prevention initiative focusing on tobacco use. The emphasis was on reaching those residents of the community who bear a disproportionate burden of tobacco use and the illnesses associated with it.

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