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CPHA 2019 Step Challenge

Get Healthy, Get Happy

February 22 - April 3, 2019


 Celebrate with us on April 3rd

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has challenged Americans to collectively walk 1 billion steps by National Public Health Week (first week of April), a time to raise awareness of what it takes to improve everyone's health, from clean air to good nutrition to sound health policies. In 2017 we logged 70 million steps.  in 2018, 100 million. Join us as we reach for 130 million in 2019.

 We are 3rd healthiest  among all states.  Can we do better?  Can we surpass Mass. (#2) and wave bye to Hawaii to become #1? How can we get there?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recommends this strategy to boost  CT health: “Foster social connections within communities and cultivate empowered and civically engaged youth.”

What better way to accomplish this than to organize Step Challenge teams comprised of members that support each other physically and mentally  as they walk together? Our CPHA Mentors on Request (MOR) connect with the next generation by talking to students about public health concepts and careers as they walk, furthering the recommendations of RWJF.

Join us for  the 2019 CPHA Step Challenge and help us take our step record to new heights.

                 Get recognized at our April 3rd awards event:

  •  Be among the top 3 teams with the highest recorded steps.
  • Send us your best ≤ 2-minute video (you can take it with your phone) telling us about your Step Challenge experience.  What made it special?  How did it help you, a student, or people in your community?
  •   In your own words: Send us a short essay ≤500 words or a poem about your walk. 




Instructions for Team Captains:

1. Report your weekly step counts every WEDNESDAY, while the Step Challenge is taking place
    (February 22nd to April 3rd.)


2. Have all team members use a step count tracker app, pedometer or step converter to get
    credit for all activity. 


3. Send a reminder each Tuesday morning to your team members to send you their step 
    count by Wednesday at noon.   


4. Use the excel document to record your team's weekly steps here or via the button below.


5. Finally, share pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter and tag us at #CPHAStepChallenge.


CAPTAINS ONLY: RECORD STEPS Enjoy being healthy and knowing that you are a positive influence on public health! 



• When do I sign up?

You can sign up now.  Registering after February 22nd is possible, but it will be more difficult to win with fewer days to walk. (Of course, you can make up for any lost days with a bigger team.) You can also add members each week. Be sure to include their names and note the change in members from week to week.

• Do I need to be part of a team to participate?

           Yes.  You need at least one other member, or you are welcome to join the CPHA team. We
           encourage everyone to walk with others, because it is mentally as well as physically healthy.

• Is there a fee to sign-up? 

           No, however, we greatly appreciate donations to CPHA , from organizations and 
           individuals. Donations support our educational, advocacy and internship programs.



For Public Health Mentors, Educators and Students


We encourage you to Move and MentorMove and Mentor  is the CPHA MOR-HOSA Future Health Professionals 2018 Step Challenge program that received recognition from International HOSA.  This year  we are expanding it from 13 to 20 HOSA teams and to other student teams beyond those with a health career focus. Educators can request a public health mentor to talk about timely issues and strategies to make their community a better place to live, work, play and grow.  The Step Challenge is a great opportunity to not only get out and walk but also to get to know a public health mentor: It is a win-win, for students and your community.


1. Register Now:  You can register as a Step Challenge Team here. Your team can range from two members to an entire group. Members, count your steps every day: Use a Fitbit, phone, pedometer or step converter to get credit for all your activity.

2. Go one step further: Join the STUDENT FOCUSED MOVE and MENTOR program: Help students learn how to prepare for disasters, prevent diseases, and contribute to healthier workplaces and communities. Find a mentor to walk and talk with at CPHA Mentors on Request (MOR).


3. Earn recognition for CPHA: Mentors and students can get in on the fun!
  • For Students: Walk with a mentor at least once. Then send a video (≤2 minutes) or brief description (no more than 500 words) about the experience.
    • For example, ask about the mentor’s career pathway and how to navigate yours. Find tips on questions for mentors in our Speed Mentoring Guide.
  • For Mentors: Send us a brief video captured on a cell phone to tell us about your experience.  Let us know if it led to a capstone or an internship opportunity. Did it benefit you or your organization to spend time with a student?



2019 CPHA Step Challenge

Steps Recorded



World Class Walkers!

Team with the Most Steps: CT Department of Public Health

Runner Up for Most Steps: Farmington Land Trust Trekkers

Team with the Most Steps per Person: Farmington Land Trust Trekkers

 Runner Up for Most Steps per Person: CF&H Steppin' It Up


Participating Teams          

                                                              Team Name                                                                      Organization
CARE Team CARE - Community Alliance for Research & Engagement
CT Valley Volkssport Club CT Valley Volkssport Club

CT Department of Public Health

CT Department of Public Health
Forum Walkers The Connecticut Forum
Public Health Society SCSU Public Health Society
Pathways/Senderos Center Pathways/Senderos Center
Anonymous in La Jolla CPHA
Walking Warriors Connecticut Wealth Management, LLC
Destination Disney Health360
Walking to Wellness Connecticut Junior Republic Wellness Center
Total Fit Studio Total Fit Studio
UConn InCHIP UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
Farmington Land Trust Trekkers Farmington Land Trust
CT HOSA-Future Health Professionals CT HOSA-Future Health Professionals
TEAM MHS Manchester High School
NVHD Happy Feet Naugatuck Valley Health District
The Morning Crew Department of Public Health
Southwestern AHEC Southwestern AHEC
Stratford Health Department Stratford Health Department
NorWALKers Norwalk Health Department
First Steps CT Office of Early Childhood
Farmington Land Trust Trekkers Farmington Land Trust
The Farmington Canal Trekkers Community Place-making Engagement Network (CPEN)
Dover Road Dover Road
Robinson Hot Steppers Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity
The Baby Walkers Department of Public Health
MHS Patient Care Class Manchester High School
CF&H Steppin' It Up Corporate Fitness & Health
Chesprocott Health District Chesprocott Health District
USJ Health University of Saint Joseph, School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science
Three Generations Tristan Grande and Family
Farmington Fitness FHS





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