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What is WalkPlus HealthTrails?

WalkPlus HealthTrails draws on the excitement of learning about new places and people by tracing famous trails around the world. Consistency is rewarded over great athleticism or dramatic changes. Simple, everyday healthy habits produce the greatest benefits — and the most success in the WalkPlus program.

How does it work?

Each time you record a physical activity (in steps) you move along a virtual trail. As you progress, you’ll see vivid images and detailed descriptions of that location, as if you’re right there. It’s a fun, effective way to track health habits because you actually see your progress each time you record an activity. “Steps" can be accumulated throughout your day, so using an integrated tracking device, your LIVEwell pedometer, and/or your smart phone is ideal. The Step Conversion chart helps convert other activities, such as bicycling or swimming, to steps. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity.

What is the program goal?

Your goal is to travel 200+ virtual miles along the trail(s) you select — you have six trails to choose from (with distances of 148-414 miles). Aim for at least 50 total miles each week to achieve the goal in four weeks. If you record at least 8,000 steps per day/5 days a week, you’ll reach 200 miles easily. “Steps" can be accumulated throughout your day, so tracking them (using an integrated tracking device, your LIVEwell pedometer, and/or your smart phone) is ideal. You can also add to your mileage by taking the daily Tip Test.

Who can participate?

All City Council staff can participate in the program. While family and non-member friends cannot participate in the online program, exercising with them or a teammate can help keep you motivated. Exercising with someone else also helps you be accountable, and can make exercise more fun. Find someone who shares your interests and pace, and then schedule a session for lunch or before/after work.

How does the team competition work?

The goal of team participation is to reinforce healthy habits with a fun, friendly competition. The City Council team competition runs Monday, January 15 to Sunday, February 11. To have your activity count toward your team’s score, you must log all activity by Saturday, February 17. After registering, read How It Works on the Team page to learn more.

When does the program start?

Registration opens on Monday, January 8 and the competition begins on Monday, January 15 when you may begin recording your steps. All teams must be registered, with all participants having created their accounts, by Friday, January 19. The team competition will end Sunday, February 11 but you may update activity until the team scores freeze on Saturday, February 17.