Community Walking Challenge to encourage healthful lifestyle | SierraSun.com

Community Walking Challenge to encourage healthful lifestyle

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Get out and get walking during Tahoe Forest Health System's community challenge.
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Studies suggest walking 10,000 steps a day, roughly five miles, is the perfect antidote to the pitfalls of a sedentary lifestyle. Most people only take 900 to 3,000 steps in the course of daily living, so reaching the recommended 10,000 steps requires making an effort to walk.

A free community walking challenge, organized by the Tahoe Forest Health System Community Health Department, is designed to motivate Truckee/Tahoe residents of all ages to get up and get moving. Participants, who can sign up at no cost as individuals or as teams, are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps every day for the month of May. After sending step totals in at the end of each week, walkers are entered into a weekly raffle and a grand prize will be given to the individual and team who took the most steps at the end of the month.

At the kickoff presentation on April 30, 1-2 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. at the Truckee Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, participants will be shown how to set the stride on their pedometers (available for purchase for $10, cash or check only), take a test lap on the walking track, receive tips on walking technique and learn a few simple stretches to do before and after walking.

To register or for more information, including how to promote the 10,000 Steps a Day for the Month of May Walking Challenge within your organization, email walking@tfhd.com or call the Tahoe Center for Health & Sports Performance at 530-587-3769.

Tahoe Forest Health System is a not for profit rural health care facility located in Truckee, named one of the nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and Top 20 for Patient Satisfaction. For more information, go to http://www.tfhd.com.