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Step It Up Walk Challenge

What is step it up:

Step It Up is a collaboration among local organizations, community leaders, and advocates to make Pierce County more walkable. This initiative is centered around equity and building trusting relationships with underserved populations.

Why walkability is important:

Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Despite these benefits, most of the population does not get the recommended amount of daily exercise. However, walking is an easy way to start and continue a physically active lifestyle –  and a walkable community makes it easier for people of all ages to be active!

What is the challenge:

The 30:30 Walk Challenge encourages Pierce County residents of all ages and abilities to get outside and walk! This challenge is designed to increase awareness about the positive physical and mental health benefits associated with walking, such as the reduced risk of disease (i.e. obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes) and enhances the ability to cope with stress and depression, anxiety. 

The first 300 participants to complete 30, half-mile walk trips in June and July will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. After completing 15, half-mile trips, participants will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Users may complete up to five half-mile trips per day, all gift cards will be awarded virtually through the Miles App. 

Why now:

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may feel restricted in our ability to be physically active. However, being active now is important to boost physical and mental health. Walking as a form of physical activity is appropriate for all ages and abilities, and benefits both the body and mind. In addition to relieving muscle strain and improving blood flow, walking can reduce high blood pressure, help manage weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Walking also improves mental health by reducing the risk of anxiety, stress, depression, and improves overall feelings of well-being. 

How do you participate: 

Current Miles App users in Pierce County will automatically be enrolled to participate in the challenge. To learn more about the challenge, open your Miles app and the Walk Challenge will be under “Rewards”.  New Miles app users may also join — Simply download the app to get started!

Helpful tips for using the Miles App:

-You must allow the app to track your location, the app is designed to work in the background and cannot log your trips if location services are not on

-The app will automatically detect your mode of transportation. However, if the app does not classify your trip as the correct mode (i.e. it says you rode a bike when you were walking), you can change the mode. If you continue to experience issues, please contact support@getmiles.com and a Miles representative will help you log your miles

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