Miles for Wellness

 

Miles for Wellness Challenge 24

Registration is now open!

NOTE: Individuals without a team may register beginning on Sept. 10

Miles for Wellness Challenge 24: Traversing the Western Capitols of the United States will run from Sept. 27 - Nov. 21, 2021 and encourages state employees to stay active and connect online with teammates while completing a virtual trek to 16 different state capitols. Each location is rich in both history and contemporary stories, and featured beautiful and unique architecture.

The Challenge 24 virtual trail begins at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, and travels across the western part of the United States before finishing up at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Along the way, participants made virtual stops in each state, all while promoting a healthy lifestyle and interacting with others.

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About 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 Operational Division of the Office of State Human Resources, with challenges taking 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. Get in your steps, get active and connect with coworkers!