New support site

We've been using the excellent help desk software at ZenDesk to power support and ticketing for our program administrators and we've really liked it (sometime I'll write a list of all the great web software companies we use to help run Walker…

Is driving related to obesity (spoiler: yes)

Good Magazine has a fantastic graphic comparing state ranking in walking / biking / public transportation / car usage versus obesity rates. It doesn't pull any punches. Entitled: Driving Is Why You're Fat, I think it's pretty easy to guess the…

Use Walker Tracker to Race down the Oregon Coast (for a great cause)

I'm very thrilled to announce that Walker Tracker is a sponsor of:  Get Going Oregon! Get Going Oregon is a 30 Day  challenge and  fundraiser to benefit the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at the Oregon Health and Science University…
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Incredible grant for Portland Metro non-profits

Speaking of grants that have crossed our desks lately, if you have 501c3 status and operate in the Portland metro area, this is a fantastic, yearly grant. Nike and The Oregon Community Foundation are seeking proposals (deadline Nov 15th) for…

Grant alert: 1.5 million - Active Living Research

Here's a doozy: 1.5 million for "Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity" from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation. Multiple recipients will be awarded. "...call for proposals will support opportunistic, time-sensitive studies on emerging…

Grant alert: Active Healthy Living Program Grants

Family-oriented grants from the Coca-Cola foundation for programs in Texas, California and New York: The Coca-Cola Foundation is accepting proposals for the Active Healthy Living Program. Programs must address nutrition and physical activity…

What does exercise *really* do for your body?

Great article in the NY Times about the real, physiological effects of exercise on your body  which, while everybody knows exercise is good for you, has been poorly understood by science. During the experiment, scientists actually saw how much…

New for Organizations: Convert activities to steps

This has been an oft-asked-for feature: Convert your other activities to steps. Say you rode your bike for 5 miles and your pedometer only registered 18 steps: You want credit for that! Now our custom programs can do just that. If you're…

ROI for Company Walking Programs

Corporate HR Administrators often ask us about the Return on Investment (ROI) on walking programs. Here are a few great links that we send them. Calculating ROI can be challenging, since you're measuring program participation and costs, absenteeism,…
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How important are good pedometers to your walking program?

I recently received this email: My pedometer is HIGHLY inaccurate. Last night I walked for an hour covering about 3 miles and the pedometer recorded about 300 steps. I've tried positioning it different ways and it's no good. I walked down the…