The Healthy Shasta Health Works Group invites you to participate in our annual walking challenge, WALKTOBER. Our goal this year is to walk over 150 million steps- much more than the distance it takes to circumnavigate the earth.
Walktober is the perfect time to add more steps into your day. Consider walking to work, taking a walking break, having a walking meeting, or even walking to lunch. Make walking a part of your daily routine. Do you live to far from work to walk? Consider parking farther away from work and add in a few more steps. Make your walk work for you. Every step counts.
2019 Walktober Challenge Information:
(All participants must currently live or work in Shasta County.)
The Walktober Challenge will be tracked on the Walker Tracker platform. This online platform provides a virtual map-based tracking step challenge with social interaction, making it one of the most fun ways to track your progress and challenge others. During our challenge, we will be crossing the United States with stops in some of our amazing National Parks. This year we are tracking steps only (walking, running, etc.).
IMPORTANT: Participants can not add steps from before their registration date for the challenge. For example, the challenge begins October 1st and if you register on October 5th, you will not be able to to count your steps from October 1st through 4th. This is why it is important to register before Walktober begins.
After the end of the Challenge and before 11:59 a.m. Saturday, November 2nd, all participants must enter their final steps on the Walker Tracker platform to be counted. Participants will not be able to log trips following this time.
What is Walker Tracker?
Watch this video and learn more about our new tracking platform.
Please contact WalktoberChallenge@gmail.com or 229-8456 for questions.
For trouble shooting with the Walker Tracker platform, please visit the support page.
How do I join?
It’s easy! Sign-up at HealthyShasta.WalkerTracker.com. You will be prompted to join a team. Use the search tool and look for your team. But remember, before you join a team, your Team Leader will need to first register on Walker Tracker (see below).
How do I create a team?
In order to participate on a team and/or workplace you will need to designate a team leader who will create a new team on the Walker Tracker platform . When done creating a team, please include your workplace or affiliation Under “add a description” on your team profile . From there, participants can register on Walker Tracker and join your team. Participants can further customize their profile and engage all others participating.
Who can participate?
All workplaces and organizations are invited to join. You can also invite your family and friends to join your team if they do not have a team of their own. Individuals who are not associated with a workplace can also form a non-work related team (we recommend teams having at least 5 participants with a maximum around 20). If your team has over 20 participants, we suggest breaking them up into multiple teams. All affiliated teams will be combined for totals at the end of the challenge for final rankings.
What does the winning team receive?
The winning workplaces will receive our traveling Walktober trophy (currently held by United Shasta and Shasta Mosquito Vector Control District) along with a Bike Blender Smoothie Party provided by Healthy Shasta.
*Winning organization is based on total steps divided by total participants. If your workplace/organization has multiple teams, they will combined for final results.
Will there be prizes for participating?
Yes, you can count on prizes again this year! All individuals who participate will be entered into a free drawing where winners will be randomly selected.
- Benton Scenic Flights (30 minute flight)
- Fit Bit Inspire HR
- YMCA Personal Trainer (60 min session)
- National Parks Year Pass
Bonus Prizes (given through out the Challenge):
- Shasta Athletic 3-Month Family Membership
- Headwaters Kayak Rentals
- Rare Air Trampoline Park Passes
- Turtlebay Passes
(All participants must currently live or work in Shasta County to participate and be eligible for prizes).
Current 2019 Walktober Participants:
- Shasta County HHSA Public Health
- Shasta Community Health Center
- Redding Rancheria
- City of Redding
- Shasta County Office of Education
- Caltrans District 2
- Shasta Mosquito And Vector Control District
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Shasta Head Start
- Business & Support Services HHSA
- Central Valley Regional Water Board
- Shasta Regional Transportation Agency
Don’t see your workplace yet? Let us know!
Walker Tracker Frequently Asked Questions
Visit Frequently Asked Questions on Walker Tracker for a list of helpful information.
Walking for Adults
Why Walk? Why not! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week.
The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. If it’s been a long time since you exercised, you may want to start out slow. You can start with just 5 minutes and build up to the recommended 30 minutes a day. Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment. The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, or roughly 1.5 to 2 miles. It’s a good idea to find out how many steps a day you walk now, as your own baseline. Then you can work up toward the goal of 10,000 steps by aiming to add 1,000 extra steps a day every two weeks.