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Florida FDOH-St. Lucie Encourages St. Lucie County Residents to Move More

By Arlease Hall

May 01, 2019

Join the County vs. County Challenge!  St. Lucie County residents have been challenged by four other counties from across the nation to a fitness challenge, County vs County: Across the Mediterranean, to see who can log the highest average number of steps.  The challenge runs May 1 to June 11, 2019.  Counties taking part in the competition are Ventura County, California, McHenry County, Illinois, Orange County, Florida, and Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The race will take participants through amazing locations in the Mediterranean including through Athens, Greece and Morocco via a virtual map on a platform called, Walker Tracker.  Walker Tracker, the web-based application used for the Healthy St. Lucie Billion Steps Challenge, has organized the challenge to see who will win bragging rights as the winning County.  

“The Billion Steps Challenge is a physical activity campaign designed by the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition to address adult sedentary rates in St. Lucie County.  Our adult sedentary rates of 30.5%*, exceeds the state average.  The national physical activity guidelines recommend that adults have at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week.  Join with us and I encourage residents to take advantage of this FREE 6-week challenge to move more, improve your health, and let’s just do it, win the national contest!” said Clint Sperber, Health Officer and Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County.

Residents wanting to help St. Lucie go for the win need to sign up for the Healthy St. Lucie Billion Steps Challenge at https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com/.  If you are currently participating in the Healthy St. Lucie Billion Steps Challenge, you are automatically enrolled as a St. Lucie County teammate for the Mediterranean Challenge.