Health District of Northern Larimer County
Health District On the Move
Health District On the Move
made great steps toward a healthier community during its three-year
initiative that ended in August 2005. On the Move
enrolled 225 companies and 5,000
participants. Community participants logged more
than 2 billion steps! Click
(PDF file) to view
program results and to see what our participants had to say about the
Although the program is no
longer enrolling groups, the Health District On
Manual is available to groups wanting to
implement the program!
If you have questions about the program, contact
Karen Spink at 224-5209.
Health District On the Move is a 15-week
walking program that encourages groups of individuals to increase the
number of steps they take. Participants wear a
pedometer each day to track their number of
Get your work, church, or other organized
group moving – simply click on the Health District On the Move
How does the program work?
Each person has a
pedometer, or small step counter that is attached to clothing, to track
the number of steps he/she takes each day.
their steps daily for 15 weeks and log them on a log sheet or
in a computer database. The first week is
considered a baseline week – participants simply log their daily steps
without attempting to increase their activity level. From there,
participants attempt to challenge themselves to increase their daily
steps each week.
||What is the
goal of the program?
Participants try to increase their steps
throughout the day by adding simple activities like taking a short walk,
parking farther away and walking to the store. Individuals set goals to
build on progress made each week.
The overall goal is to
increase steps by 10 percent each week to
reach 10,000 steps a day.
What is the cost to provide this program to my group?
The Health District On the Move
Manual is free for your use. Participants only need a pedometer,
available at most stores for $10-$30. Some groups choose to provide
small prizes or incentives to motivate their participants.
||How does my
group get started?
Each group will need a coordinator to
promote and monitor the program. The Health
District On the Move
provides forms, flyers, and suggestions to use
with your group.
What other walking benefits does the program provide?
Article on benefits of walking
Benefits to individuals
• Strengthens bones, back muscles
• Easy on your joints
• Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol
• Reduces stress and improves mood
• Improves sleep
• Reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes and other lifestyle
• Allows time with family and friends
• Can be done almost anywhere
• Improves participants' productivity
• Boosts morale and work ethic
• Invaluable yet inexpensive investment in participants' health and
• Offers opportunity for team building
• Is a simple, fun activity that almost every person can do
three-year Health District On the Move program was supported by