APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge FAQs — #1BillionSteps

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Our goal is to collectively walk 1 billion steps by April 9. We hope to get as many people as possible to start the habit of walking every day. We know consistent physical activity like walking helps prevent chronic disease and improve quality of life, mental health and healthy aging.

Sync your device

If you have a device that counts steps, like a Fitbit, smartphone or pedometer, you can have your device enter all the steps that you walk. Visit APHA's Stridekick page to register, sync your device and start submitting steps. You will be able to see how many steps you are taking over time to help reach our goal. Every time you visit the Stridekick website it automatically pulls down your steps for the last 24 hours. So remember to visit once a day to make sure we count all your steps.

Manually enter your steps

If you do not sync a step counting device, the Stridekick website lets you manually enter steps. There are two ways you can manually enter steps.

Option 1: sign in to your account on the Stridekick website (https://stridekick.com/tc/apha) and click on the "insights" link in the top, right-hand corner.

screenshot how to manually log steps

On the next page click on the "data log" link in the top left of the page, and you will see a form that allows you to manually enter steps on each day. We ask that you enter steps at least once per week so we can accurately track our progress towards 1 Billion Steps.

screenshot how to manually log steps

Option 2: Within one week of joining the challenge, you will see a "manual entry" shortcut added to the top left corner of every stridekick webpage. This will take you directly to the manual step entry page.

screenshot how to manually log steps


How to estimate your steps without a counting device

If you do not have a step counting device you can enter an estimate of how far you walk in miles (or fractions of a mile) and we will calculate steps for you. If you don't know the exact distance, just give us your best estimate. For example, a typical person walks at a pace of 3 miles per hour on average, and a typical person takes 2,000 steps per mile. So a typical day’s estimate could be as follows:

15 minutes, walk the dog
10 minutes, walking on daily commute
15 minutes, walk with colleague at work

= 40 minutes or 2 miles

+ 3 miles during a workout on the elliptical machine at the gym

Total for day = 5 miles

Total steps = 5 x 2,000 = 10,000 steps

Team Competition

The team competition is purely for fun, and bragging rights. You can create your own team with a group of friends or colleagues, start a team for your company, or promote an event to get your whole community walking. Set up your team on Stridekick’s platform and you will be able to track the progress of both yourself and your team. You can do the challenge on your own, but it is always more fun to exercise with friends. Good luck to you and your virtual team!

Questions? Email us!

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Join the Movement

1. BECOME A PARTNER - Show your support for public health and prevention!
2. SUBMIT AN EVENT - Add your NPHW event to the hundreds of celebrations nationwide.
3. TAKE ACTION - Take one small step each day for a healthier life.
4. ATTEND AN EVENT - Join your community to celebrate NPHW.
5. STEP IT UP - Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge. Let's get everyone moving!

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