Worcester Health Joins National One Billion Steps Exercise Challenge

Snow Hill, MD – This spring, the Worcester County Health Department is inviting all residents to join our team as we take part in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) One Billion Steps Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to get people outside and walking, with teams working together across the country collectively to log a billion steps by the end of Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017). Worcester Health is sponsoring its own team of walkers and anyone can join, no matter your fitness level.

According to APHA, “walking is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health.” Walking is fun, free, and the perfect activity for any weather. You can walk inside when it’s cold and rainy, or head outside to the trails and parks on sunny days. Enjoy the solitude of a solo walk or get a group together for a social stroll.

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

The One Billion Steps Challenge is already underway and you can join Worcester Health’s Team today. We will help you log your steps and provide information about upcoming Just Walk events. Call 410.632.0056 for more information or email worcester.prevention@maryland.gov