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Fall 2014 Patron Incentive Program: STRONG Steps to Fitness & Wellness

September 22 - November 2, 2014

About the Program
Believe it or not, leading an active, healthy lifestyle doesn't require one to squeeze in a gym session every single day, but eating right and getting enough physical activity each day is important. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that healthy adults fit in around 10,000 steps per day. Joining the Fall Semester Patron Pedometer Incentive Program is a great way to ensure you are getting in enough physical activity to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. The program aims to encourage participants to move more each day, and it is a great way to establish healthy habits as the school year starts up! Our theme this year is centered around the eight dimensions of wellness: Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Environmental, Financial, and Occupational. Participants will be able to focus in on one or two of these components while walking their way to some amazing prizes! The program runs for six weeks, starting on September 22nd, and will end on November 2nd, and can be joined anytime until the last week of the program.

How does it work?
Participants will register online before receiving a free pedometer at the front desk at the rec center. Participants will use the pedometer everyday to track daily steps, and log their steps on a Google document, submit them to the Incentive Coordinator every Sunday by 11 pm, and she will keep track of participants' steps throughout the program. Participants will be awarded awesome prizes at the 200,000 and 400,000 step milestones. In addition, every week participants will receive an email with a tip or fun fact of the week, and the weekly challenge. If the extra weekly challenge is completed, you will receive 10,000 extra steps towards the 200,000 and 400,000 step goals!

Online Registration Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QKJ_AmJjBnEQaAAPMbdjf7SRk-Wg9NXO9hkY4N9An8s/viewform?usp=send_form

The Prizes
200,000 Step Milestone- A FREE WATER BOTTLE!!!! We will be giving out Nalgene water bottles while supplies last, and then Gatorade water bottles.

400,000 Step Milestone- You will be entered in the door prize drawing, which will happen at the pizza reception Thursday October 30th. Prizes you could win include:

-A free Spring Semester Fitwell Pass
-Free Personal Training Sessions
-Free 30 or 60 minute massages
-A Gym Bag
-A Tote Bag
-Gift Certificates

The first 20 people to reach the 400,000 steps will receive a free Campus Rec We're Made Strong T-shirt!

The Benefits of Walking:
-Reduced risk of coronary heart disease
-Improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels
-Improved blood lipid profile
-Helps maintain body weight and lowers the risk of obesity
-Enhances mental well being
-Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
-Reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer
-Reduces the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

If you want to learn a little more about what walking can do for you, check out these websites!

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2009/August/Walking-Your-steps-to-health

http://www.startwalkingnow.org/whystart_benefits_walking.jsp