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Join your neighbors in a 6-week fitness challenge!

When: Sunday, April 29, 2012 through Saturday, June 9, 2012. Registration is now open!

Where: Anywhere you walk, bike or are active!  For six weeks wear the pedometer that we provide you with and keep track of how many steps you walk.  You may also translate biking, swimming, etc. to “steps” by using our online calculatorThe calculator will also tell you how many calories you have burned.

How: Create a team of five, select a team captain and name, and have your team captain sign your team up. All team members should send their weekly walking totals to their team captain who then must report your team total online by Wednesday 5pm each week.

Cost:  Registration for a team of five is $40 ($8 per person).  Team members are provided with a pedometer, reflective gear to make walking safer and a guide to walking and physical activity opportunities in Platteville. 

Who may participate: Anyone who lives in or near the City of Platteville and wants to walk more and be healthier. NOTE: If you have a chronic illness, joint problems or any exercise restrictions you need to check with your health care provider before starting any exercise program.



What is 10,000 Steps?

Modeled after the popular UW-Platteville 10,000 Steps program, for the second year in a row we bring you a program for City residents and community members.  Grab a team and gear up your motivation, we provide the rest! This six-week program (Sunday, April 29, 2012 through Saturday, June 9, 2012) provides participants with a pedometer and asks you to count your steps each day- aiming for 10,000 steps per day.

Doctors, researchers and the Surgeon General (in 2001) all agree that 10,000 steps per day is a an excellent health goal. A person who walks 10,000 steps a day will burn between 2,000 and 3,500 extra calories per week. Increasing your daily steps can give you more energy, less stress, better weight management and decreases your chance of developing many diseases.

Prizes will be awarded to teams including those with the most steps, the most improvement, the most creative team name, and the best team spirit (there is a limit of one award per team).

This program is sponsored by the City of Platteville Community Safe Routes Committee and orchestrated by the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, thanks to funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  The program is an outcome of the Platteville Safe Routes to School planning process, which seeks to make safer, and encourage, walking and biking in the City of Platteville.

How long is 10,000 steps?
The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long which translates into just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, or 10,000 steps to walk about 5 miles. Over the 6-week program, the total distance traveled per 5-person team is approximately 2,100,000 steps or 1,050 miles!