APHA's Keep It Moving Challenge

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Join APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge!

APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote healthy behaviors and physical activity in your community. We have tools to help you find creative ways to stay active and motivate others in your neighborhood, workplace or congregation. You can use our sample marketing materials to invite your whole community to join!

Our goal is to collectively make it from one end of our challenge map to the other by April 10, while getting everyone’s physical activity levels up. You can track any kind of physical activity and convert it into distance to contribute to the challenge. Evidence shows that consistent physical activity helps prevent chronic disease, improve quality of life, maintain mental health and promote healthy aging.

If you participated in the Billion Steps Challenge in the past, you might be looking for ways to increase your walking, especially as COVID-19 keeps many of us at home. You can absolutely keep walking and running as your primary activity this year! By focusing on activities, we can make sure everyone finds a fun way to get moving and compete in the challenge.

The 2021 Challenge begins Jan. 1 and runs through April 10, the last day of APHA’s celebration of National Public Health Week. No matter how big or small your group will be, we make it easy for you to get people moving.

Let’s start a movement for active communities!

The Keep It Moving Challenge supports national health promotion efforts, including the Move Your Way campaign by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to educate the public on the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept most of us indoors, which has made it harder to stay physically active. We’re hoping to create a movement to encourage people to get active every day, even while spending most of our time at home and keeping our physical distance.

The Keep It Moving Challenge is fun, healthy and a great platform for starting larger conversations about the intersections between community design and active living. From Jan. 1 to April 10, we hope you’ll get your community involved in participating in the Challenge. We know we can reach our goal of more than a billion collective steps — in fact, last year’s Challenge nearly reached 2 billion steps! 

Help us do even better this time around.

Challenge Key Dates:
Challenge start: Jan. 1, 2022
Challenge end: April 10, 2022

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