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Walking to the moon and back sounds like an ambitious if not insurmountable task. Transforming Health wants the community to collectively prove that it can be done.

The multimedia project brings the local community together to participate in the fun-filled “To the Moon & Back Walking Challenge.”

The challenge is part of the Transforming Health “Here With You” campaign.

Partners WITF, Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health invite everyone in central Pennsylvania to join the free, 12-week initiative.

Walk to the Moon
The walking challenge promotes wellness by encouraging participants to walk in honor of those on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis: essential workers, healthcare staff, first responders and others. Each week, a participant will be randomly selected to receive a prize package. (Photo courtesy Transforming Health Project)

The walking challenge promotes wellness by encouraging participants to walk in honor of those on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis: essential workers, healthcare staff, first responders and others.

A participant will be randomly selected each week to receive a prize package. A $500 donation will be made at the end iof the challenge to two nonprofits chosen by the individual and team winners. 

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“So, how does one walk to the moon and back? Well, it is 238,900 miles to the moon. Together, we can get there and back with a combined 1,008,923,520 steps,” Heather Woolridge, WITF’s director of community engagement, said.

Walking to the moon – a billion steps

Over a billion steps is a hefty goal, even as a community. An estimated 1,750 participants will need to walk nearly 7,000 steps a day during the 12-week campaign to reach it.

Participants are encouraged to complete at least 7,000 to 8,000 steps per day to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. 

“’To the Moon & Back’ offers a simple and fun way for people of all ages to get outside and exercise, improve cardiac health, and alleviate some of the stress and fatigue that we’ve all faced over the past four months,” said WellSpan’s Maria Royce.

“We’re happy to be a part of this community-wide effort to promote health and wellness,” said Capitol Blue Cross’ Karie Batzler. “Walking not only benefits physical health, it’s a real boost to mental well-being. It’s a natural mood lifter.”

Summer is a perfect time to get out and walk, she said. That is true whether starting an exercise routine, building on one, or just getting outside for a relaxing stroll.


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Walking challenge

The “To the Moon & Back Walking Challenge” begins Monday and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Participants may register as individuals or as part of a team. Registration is open now at transforminghealth.org.

A member station of PBS and NPR, WITF uses its broadcast and digital media to connect people to each other and to opportunities for lifelong learning.

In 2012, WITF launched Transforming Health to address the rapid changes in the healthcare landscape. Transforming Health is about health care, its quality and costs as well as maintaining health through individual and collective action.

WITF, in partnership with Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health, is dedicated to empowering Central Pennsylvanians to make choices leading to better personal health and a strengthened community.

For more information, visit Transforming Health at this at this link.

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