Stepping Forward for Better Health

Walk The Walk teams accumulate over 260 million steps

Usually when we think about exercise and physical activity, we think leisure-only, rigorous workouts that require a lot of sweat and motivation. However, we have good news: This simply is not the case.

Walking, particularly higher levels of daily walking (i.e. 10,000 steps), has been shown to improve health, such as reducing risk for heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Center of Emphasis in Cancer, Jennifer Salinas, Ph.D., and her research team host three employer-based walking challenges a year with one simple goal: To increase community members’ daily step counts.

Rage Against the Steps accumulated 4,868,624 steps, the most of any TTUHSC El Paso team in the recent Walk The Walk Team Challenge.

Rage Against the Steps accumulated 4,868,624 steps, the most of any TTUHSC El Paso team in the recent Walk The Walk Team Challenge.

In April, the Walk The Walk Team Challenge (WTW) commenced to see which teams of 10 could attain the highest overall step counts and/or the highest improvement by percentage. This year the WTW teams accumulated over 260 million steps during the month-long challenge, and our TTUHSC El Paso teams collectively totaled 60,135,264 steps, with three teams reaching 4 million steps.  See the table below for TTUHSC El Paso employee team rankings.

If anyone is interested in participating in any of our upcoming challenges, please check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bordercoalitionforfitness/.  If you have any questions, please contact us at elpasowalkingchallenge@ttuhsc.edu or 915-215-5326.

 

TTUHSC El Paso Team Name Overall Steps
Rage Against the Steps 4868624
Bad Mamma Jamma 4096134
Motley Shoes 4049085
StepsOverflow 3598013
Walking Dead 3250603
Too Ligit 2 Quit 3093160
Walkaholics (TTUHSC) 2942868
Walkaholics 2777917
SONAmigos 2668462
Los Super Caminantes 2530471
The Redwalkers 2465942
Happy Feet (TTUHSC) 2462345
IM Walkers 2452927
Walking Warriors 2363552
Walkie Techies 2196479
Boom Shaka Laka 2109472
Men of Leisure 1885375
Team Butters 1770445
You Can’t Diabeetus 1699482
No Brainers 1650262
The Raj Mahal 1546341
Walking Pneumonia 1467389
Dashing Divas 964409
Anesthesiology 774315
Co 11 red raiders 451192
Article courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Salinas and the Border Coalition for Fitness