1 Billion Steps
We know regular physical activity like walking can greatly reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. Walking can be relaxing, spiritual, or when we do it together, it can be just plain fun. The American Public Health Association’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote good health and physical activity at Georgia State University.
The 1 Billion Steps Challenge supports broader health promotion efforts and the intersections between community design and active living, such as 2015’s “Step It Up: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.” We hope you’ll join us in advocating for initiatives that make it easy for all people to engage in physical activity in their communities.
That’s why we are joining APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge. We’ve created a team called Healthy State GSU team so we can all enjoy walking together.
It’s always more fun when you exercise with others. Take family walks, schedule walking meetings at the office, walk your children to school – the more people who join, the quicker we’ll reach 1 billion steps. Plus, we’ll be encouraging healthy habits among our family, friends and co-workers! Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health.
Please sign up today to walk with the Healthy State GSU team for the #1BillionSteps Challenge. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to track their steps. The #1BillionSteps Challenge is the Healthy State event for January 2018.