winter

10 ways: stay active in less than ideal weather

As a native Oregonian, I am no stranger to long bouts of rain and months without seeing the sun (slight sarcasm, but really, it’s pretty gray here!). So, I get it. When it’s cold and rainy (or snowy/icy/wet) outside, it’s hard to get…

A Wellness Champion at 72!

Watch out everyone, Lola might just lap you.  Averaging 9,000 steps/day and motivating her colleagues along the way, she is a force to be reckoned with! Let me take a step back and introduce you all to the Para La Naturaleza Walker Tracker…

Photos of 2,000 calorie meals

The New York Times has an incredible  piece called "What 2,000 Calories Looks Like" where they compare 2,000 calorie meals across restaurants, and then pit those against home-cooked meals. The results are not going to be a surprise to anyone.…
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A Step Up in Heart Health

It's always great to hear success stories coming from our programs! It's amazing how taking a walk and getting active can change someone's life and inspire others. Our collaboration with Hadassah in their Every Beat Counts campaign is motivating…

Honesty and Accuracy

We are asked all the time from program leaders, “how do you prevent people from cheating?” We have a number of ways to promote honestly recording steps and discourage cheating. But it all comes down to you, the individual. I recently…
Music

Movin' and Groovin'

Every morning when my fiance and I get up to go workout (4:30AM ouch!), we walk into a gym that is blaring some sort of techno, electronica or hip hop. Although I usually cringe at the music and quickly shove my headphones in to listen to my…

Activity Challenges and Incentives

We ran a team challenge this winter, partly to test a new way to drive participation, and partly because, well, that's just what we do around here. Previous internal challenges had varying levels of participation and success - some were…
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One step ahead of stress - A letter to Walker Tracker

We recently received a letter from a participant that moved us more than words can express. Colleen and her family have been through the toughest of times and we were so happy to hear that her community walking program helped cope with the stress.…
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Admin of the Month: PrairieLand Partners, Inc.

Jeanine from PrairieLand Partners, Inc. is one of our stellar program administrators. We're always eager to read the next E-mail to her walkers, which include great tips, fun photos, program statistics as well as a personal touch. Her competitions have…
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Take it outside!

When the sun is bright and the air is cool and crisp, days practically beg for exercise: a long walk, an invigorating run, a bike ride on a new path. Yet when you’re in the depths of Winter and the snow is piled high, the rain is incessant…