Honolulu Campus Makes Better Health a Priority with Walking Challenge

Contributed by Alison Romero, Executive Assistant

Did you know that, according to a Harvard study, about one in three people worldwide get little, if any, physical activity? (1) And did you know that in the U.S., fewer than 4 percent of people walk to work? (2)

Time to get in stride!

Time to get in stride!

How many of us agree that we could improve our work performance, our outlook, and our general quality of life by walking more? Walking can help us:

  • Increase our energy levels.
  • Get better sleep and more easily manage our weight.
  • Strengthen our heart and circulatory systems.
  • Get control of our diabetes and cholesterol levels.

It’s easier than you might think, especially with help and support from others, and Honolulu Campus Executive Assistant Alison Romero is out to prove it. She is coordinating a Wellness Program for our Honolulu Campus in 2014, which includes a Walking Challenge for faculty and staff.

Ms. Romero said, “We’re hoping that our students can really cheer on their instructors and advisors who are participating and motivate them to reach their goals. This may even inspire our students to organize their own challenge and achieve their own personal wellness goals.”

All signs say GO!

All signs say GO!

The four-week Remington College Honolulu Campus Walking Challenge starts Monday, February 3, and ends Sunday, March 2, 2014.
“This is a great way for instructors and staff members to increase their daily physical activity and build camaraderie. All they need is a good pair of walking shoes and two walking partners, and they’ll be ready to make major strides in the right direction,” explained Ms. Romero.

Here’s how our Honolulu Campus participants can get started:
Form a team of three, designate a Team Captain, and set a combined goal. Each team must consist of one faculty and one non-faculty participant, and the third person can be either.

The Honolulu Campus’s goal is for each participant to walk 10,000 steps each day.
And the folks at our Honolulu Campus won’t have to worry about keeping track of their steps, because Ms. Romero was able to secure free pedometers from Remington College’s healthcare provider in Hawaii.

Each Team Captain should complete the Team Registration form and return it to Alison Romero by January 31, 2014. A Weekly Steps Log Form will be given to the Team Captain, along with one pedometer per participant to count the number of steps taken each day.

Team totals will be tracked on a weekly basis, with results posted via email. Team Captains should complete and submit their log form for the previous week to Ms. Romero each Monday by 12 noon, beginning on February 10. 

Why 10,000 steps a day?
According to the American Heart Association, achieving 30 total minutes of moderate physical activity each day for five or more days a week will produce the best long-term benefits. (3) One way to achieve the recommended 30 minutes a day is to take 10,000 steps a day (which is about 5 miles). On average, a sedentary person may take only 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. (4)

We wish our Honolulu Campus participants much good luck with this effort, and our thanks go to Ms. Romero for organizing this great event!

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1.       http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/physical-activity-and-obesity/
2.      
http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/18/lack-of-exercise-as-deadly-as-smoking-study-finds/
3.      
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/StartWalking/American-Heart-Association-
Guidelines_UCM_307976_Article.jsp

4.      
http://www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html

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