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Washington College 10,000 Step Campaign

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overweight and obesity are defined as:

  • An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight
  • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese

The Centers for disease control and prevention found in 2005-2006 that 32.7% of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight, 34.3% are obese and 5.9% are extremely obese. 16.9% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.

The Washington College 10,000 step program has been created to eliminate this trend in our campus community! Our new walking program for faculty and staff employees will promote health and fitness through support and camaraderie. Through the use of pedometers members of the walking program will track their steps over the course of 1 month. The ultimate goal is to reach 10,000 steps each day, which is approximately 5 miles.

Through the use of an e-mail list serve and a walking chart for each individual, participants will be able to appropriately chart each month's successes. Individuals are free to take the challenge alone or they can create walking groups through their campus departments, co-workers, and/or friends. No level of experience required!

Benefits for signing up!

American Heart Association Walking Facts

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

Sign up at our Health Fair on April 7, The Johnson Fitness Center, or e-mail Jonnie Jenkins, The Director of the Johnson Fitness Center at There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!