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CPHA 2019 Step Challenge

Get Healthy, Get Happy

February 22 - April 3, 2019


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.


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.


MOR Career Mentors  Learn more about public health career pathways  by viewing and/or connecting with our MOR mentors.



2019 CPHA Step Challenge

Steps Recorded



World Class Walkers!

Team with the Most Steps: Farmington Land Trust Trekkers 

Runner Up for Most Steps: CT HOSA Future Health Professionals

Team with the Most Steps per Person: Robinson Hot Steppers

 Runner Up for Most Steps per Person: CT Department of Public Health

Team with the Most Members: HOSA Future Health Professionals (150 Members)


Old and new friends met for a Farmington Land Trust walk where the Pequabuck River meets the Farmington River. Collectively they gathered 80,000 steps (without the dogs.) 🐶

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)
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 Dept 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
PTPR Physical Therapy and Pilates Restoration
Sleep Walkers CT Sleep Lab

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