Miles for Wellness

Miles for Wellness is a virtual, team-based walking initiative by and for the state employees of North Carolina. The purpose of Miles for Wellness is to encourage and support employees to increase their level of physical activity, with the goal of 10,000 steps, or the equivalent of 5 miles, achieved most days of the week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer
  • If you're not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you're afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.

Read more about ways you can stay healthy

Read the Surgeon General's Call to Action

Physical Activity Guidelines

Miles for Wellness is sponsored by the Total Rewards Division of the Office of State Human Resources. Challenges take place twice a year. Teams are comprised of up to ten people in four categories: tortoise, hare, super hare, and bionic hare. Each challenge has a different theme with weekly step count totals that are added up and plotted on a virtual map. Scroll down for more information about the current challenge.

One of my fondest childhood memories was camping on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in April, waking up to snow! What a wonderland! This spring, Miles for Wellness brings Challenge 17: An Outdoor Adventure Trail to state employees across North Carolina. This “virtual” trail will take employees virtually from one beautiful scenic campground to another across our great country. Most stops will provide a myriad of outdoor activities from hiking on mild to adventurous trails, to swimming in pristine waters, to boating, fishing, bird-watching, and of course, star-gazing at night!

Beginning at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, walkers will follow a westward trail and virtually exit North Carolina after seeing the sites around Murphy, North Carolina, heading to Arizona, where some may be tempted to stay virtually in a yurt overnight, before continuing the trek to Utah to see dinosaurs at Dinosaur National Monument! Speaking of mammoth sightings, you will not want to miss the giant redwoods in California or Yellowstone in Wyoming, where approximately half of all the world’s geysers can be found, some topping out between 300 and 400 feet! Then off to bird watch in North Dakota and Iowa, checking out the waterfalls in West Virginia, and rounding out our trip through Virginia and back to Falls Lake Recreational State Park, here in central North Carolina!

 

 

Characteristics of a Team

  1. Any interested state employee can participate. For the purpose of this program only, if an employee is contributing to the State Retirement System, he/she is considered a state employee and eligible for this benefit offered through the Total Rewards Division of the NC Office of State Human Resources.
  2. Each team must have a captain.
  3. Teams are made of up to 10 state employees. Teams with 10 members are more likely to participate competitively then teams with less members.
  4. Team members from various government employers can be on the same team.
  5. Each team must have a team name specific to that team. Duplications of team names are not allowed.
  6. Each team will be classified throughout the competition in one of these four divisions; Tortoise, Hare, Super Hare, and/or Bionic Hare.
  7. Before starting the competition, team members are to sign the Liability Waiver Form and turning it into their team captain to keep throughout the challenge. This waiver must be signed anew for each challenge.
  8. Team members can accumulate steps through the use of a pedometer for walking, aerobics, and other activities of daily living, and exercise conversions for those activities that would not register on a pedometer; i.e., swimming, cycling, weight lifting, etc.
  9. Team members report their steps weekly to their team captain for recording purposes.

Follow the Progress of Challenge 17

Challenge 16 Winners

Bionic Hare Division

Super Hare Division

Hare Division

Tortoise Division