The NDSU Extension Service's Walk North Dakota Challenge is planned for Jan. 10 to March 6. The program challenges you to work up to walking 10,000 steps a day, which is the equivalent of walking five miles a day, five days a week or 200 miles during the eight-week program. On average, people take 2,000 to 4,000 steps a day.
"Some participants are not able to walk 10,000 steps each day, and that is just fine," says Walk North Dakota coordinator Linda Hauge. "We encourage you to walk as many steps as you feel comfortable walking and keep trying to walk a little more each week."
Participants can walk on a treadmill or walking path, at a community walking facility, around town, on a country road, around home or at work.
Walkers are asked to keep track of their steps and report the amount every two weeks. Report steps online at www.walknd.com or on a mail-in card. If participants don't have a pedometer, count one mile or 2,000 steps for every 20 minutes you walk. Walkers who report their steps as required will receive prizes.
The cost of joining the program is $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 18 and younger. 4-H club members and leaders can participate free of charge.
To register online, go to www.walknd.com. Participants can sign up as an individual or group. If a group has not participated in Walk North Dakota, e-mail Hauge at email@example.com to set up the group before registering.
To register by mail, send a check payable to the NDSU Extension Service to Walk North Dakota, Attn: Linda Hauge, NDSU Dept. 7280, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.
Since Walk North Dakota began in May 2004, participants have walked more than 1.47 billion steps, or 736,917 miles.