Healthy Shasta Walks
Walktober 2020 Wrap Up
Walktober annual walking challenge was a huge success! Many individuals won prizes for taking on extra challenges like walking a specific trail and just for being out there walking! Team captains earned socks for coordinating and motivating their team. If you were a team captain, contact Redding Recreation to pick up your socks at 225-4095.
- 868 participants on 131 teams
- 120 active teams
- 29 teams met the Walktober Challenge Goal of 8,000+ steps/day
- 175,238,530 steps walked
- Congratulations to the winning team: Dead Last Corps with the Shasta County Sheriff’s coroner’s office! Team members took an average of 14,599 steps/day (almost double the daily Walker Tracker goal!). They won $1000 toward a charity of their choice (they chose to split the funds between the Jeremy Stoke Legacy Foundation and Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley).
- Congratulations to Kathy Key, winning individual who took 814,978 steps, that’s 356 miles, in just 31 days, from Team Juniper Friends & Family! She won $500 toward her charity of choice, One Safe Place.
Stay tuned for the next challenge, the Healthy Shasta Passport launching January 1st, 2021!
Walk to School 2020
This year students and their families were encouraged to walk throughout the month of October and track their steps. Students from 8 schools throughout Shasta County participated and6 students from 2 schools won Fitbits!
Why Walk to School?
- Kids need to move in order to concentrate and be prepared to learn. A morning walk is a great way to get ready for school (or an afternoon walk is a great stretch break after school).
- Less traffic around the school means it’s safer to walk/bike, reduces noise and pollution for students with asthma and is best for all! Did you know children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air quality because they breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults? Childhood asthma rates are one of the most common pollution-related healthy problems in America. We can all do our part to reduce long lines of idling to pick up children from school. Consider parking at a nearby location to school and walking to pick up your child.
- It can be a fun, relaxing family time to walk together and enjoy being outside.
- Walking to School and errands can be a way to add required PE minutes for the school day.
Healthy Shasta aims to encourage people to walk and bike more for both transportation and recreation while working behind the scenes to support the creation of environments that make bicycling and walking easier, safer and more convenient for transportation and recreation.
Did you know you can meet physical activity recommendations for better health by walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week? These bouts of physical activity can be broken into 10 minutes segments – such as walking during your break at work or walking 15 minutes of your commute each workday.
This is your year to set the pace and get moving for a happy, healthy life with Shasta Walks 2020. Explore our local trails and track your steps and join fun walking challenges throughout the year using the Walker Tracker app.
Follow us on our Healthy Shasta Facebook page for walking activities and healthy tips.
The Pacific Crest Trail walking challenge wraps up on September 30th. Thank you to over 300 Shasta residents for participating in the full trek from the Mexico-U.S. border to the Canada-U.S border. All finishers win a prize! Watch for an email from Shasta Walks Walker Tracker to find out how to claim your prize. Ready for another challenge? Stay tuned for Walktober! Walker Tracker will again be used track your progress.
Local Challenges with Prizes
Several shorter challenges will be launched with community partners throughout the year and prizes will be awarded to those who meet their personal step goals. Challenges will be posted here and announced through social media.
Walk with an Expert
These fun walking adventures highlighting our local area and health are postponed at this time.
Healthy Shasta Walks Passport
The Walks Passport will be back! Stay tuned for the release after Walktober 2020!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Healthy Shasta Walks Passport 2019 Challenge! Find the results here “Healthy Shasta Walks Passport Results“
Find the 2019 results here “Walktober Challenge Results“
Local Walking Guides
Find Places to Walk and People to Walk With
Starting a Walking Program
Are you interested in starting a walking program? Check out this video to learn more.
Find out more about Creating More Walkable Communities.