Community Aims for 100 Million Steps in 2018
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COMMUNITY AIMS FOR 100 MILLION STEPS IN 2018!
BUFFALO, NY (February , 2018) –The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and its community partners announced its 2018 Walking to Wellness initiative today, including an ambitious goal to reach 100 MILLION steps walked/rolled by local participants this year. The campaign supports ongoing national and local programs such as the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to promote walking and walkable communities, Erie County’s Million Hearts Initiative, and the Population Health Collaborative Regional WNY Healthy Communities Coalition, whose focus is on improving physical activity and nutrtion.
In 2017, multiple community members facilitated walks in Delaware Park, local shopping malls, the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, Delevan Grider Community Center and downtown Buffalo, surpassing a goal of 50 million steps by achieving 76 million steps recorded. Wellness Institute partner Explore Buffalo led the way, contributing 39 million steps toward the goal, along with help from fellow partners Refresh Magazine, Visit Buffalo Niagara ,the BNMC, the Healthiest District initiative and the City B-Well Program.
Wellness Institute Executive Director, Philip L. Haberstro noted, “The Wellness Institute is working strategically to increase physical activity by improving community walkability and access to trails and parks.” The Wellness Institute’s Walking to Wellness initiative has been recognized as a ‘community best practice’ by New York State’s Department of Health. Additionally, Wellness Institute staff member Sarah K. Martin was awarded an America Walks fellowship to strengthen the Institute’s capability to improve walkability.”