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

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.

Miles for Wellness Challenge 15 logo

We have our winners! Challenge 15 has concluded, and participates lived up to the virtual challenge by taking real steps to increase movement and enchance their health. In its 8th year, each Miles for Wellness themed challenge provides participants with a virtual trail to walk with points of interest along the way. The theme for this past challenge, “St. Paddy’s Day Trail”, looked at locations and events connected to Irish immigrants and their homeland of Ireland. Challenge 15 began March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, and the virtual trail is led participants on an exploration of various Irish-related towns throughout the United States, with names such as Dublin and Shamrock.

This trail began on the coast of North Carolina at Emerald Isle, with teams stepping to Raleigh to take advantage of other St. Patrick’s Day-related events, before heading northward. Team progress was shown on the virtual trail, throughout the competition. Every two weeks, team locations were updated on the maps on this site. Participants took advantage of all this fun and healthy movement without having to leave home or work to travel anywhere!

Winning team photos will be featured soon!

The next Challenge theme? Challenge 16 details will be announced in late summer 2017. It's sure to be fun so, plan to be a part of Miles for Wellness and Challenge 16!

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.

Challenge 15 Trail Maps

Chart Your Team's Progress Along the St. Paddy's Day Trail






Super Hare


Bionic Hare

Past Challenges

Miles for Wellness Challenge 14 graphic

Miles for Wellness Challenge 14: Trial of the Hidden Jewels Final Stats

In the Miles for Wellness Challenge 14 Celebration Trail: 100 Years of National Parks, North Carolina state employees enjoyed walking a virtual trail in celebration of the National Parks Service 100th anniversary. Each point of interest along the trail commemorated some of the more well-known parks across the country. Cumulatively, state employees walked a total of 2,077,398,938 steps, or 1,038,699 miles. That's the same as 41.8 times around the Earth or a little over 2 trips to the moon and back!

Challenge 14 Winners

Bionic Hare Division

Super Hare Division

Hare Division

Tortoise Division