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.
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.
Now 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 challenge, “St. Paddy’s Day Trail”, looks at locations and events connected to Irish immigrants and their homeland of Ireland. This challenge began Friday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, and the virtual trail is leading participants on an exploration of various towns throughout the United States, with names such as Dublin and Shamrock.
This trail begins at 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 is shown on the virtual trail, throughout the competition. Every two weeks, team locations will be updated on the maps on this site, all without participants having to leave home or work to travel anywhere! Gather your team and click below to register today!
Team step submissions are due as follows:
- Team Total Steps for Weeks 1 and 2 are due by Tuesday, April 4.
- Team Total Steps for Weeks 1 through Week 4 are due by Tuesday, April 18.
- Team Total Steps for Weeks 1 through Week 6 are due by Tuesday, May 2.
- Final Team Total Steps for Weeks 1 through Week 8 are due by Tuesday, May 16.
Final team step submissions received after the May 16th deadline will not be eligible to win. Winners will be announced on or before Tuesday, May 23, 2017! Please be patient as winners should be announced within ONE WEEK of challenge completion.
- 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.
- Each team must have a captain.
- Teams are made of up to 10 state employees. Teams with 10 members are more likely to participate competitively then teams with less members.
- Team members from various government employers can be on the same team.
- Each team must have a team name specific to that team. Duplications of team names are not allowed.
- Each team will be classified throughout the competition in one of these four divisions; Tortoise, Hare, Super Hare, and/or Bionic Hare.
- 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.
- 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.
- Team members report their steps weekly to their team captain for recording purposes.
Chart Your Team's Progress Along the St. Paddy's Day Trail
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!