The Fall 2019 SMOHIT Steps Challenge was a success with members walking a total of 74,873,900 steps, more than 9 million more than it takes to walk around the world.

This was the third session of the Steps Challenge, a SMOHIT initiative that encourages all members to be more physically active. This session welcomed 167 members from 50 locals from the United States and Canada over the six-week period, which ran from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31.

Members noted they greatly enjoyed the challenge, which became a community working together toward better health and wellness. They could hold themselves and fellow walkers accountable, keeping track and comparing step counts from their trackers with other members across the country. By collectively being involved, members received strong social and peer support to walk more.

In 2019, more members participated with their partners and families, and there was an increase in participation from apprentices.

The 2020 Team Steps Challenge is set to run Sunday, March 15 through April 30, beginning at midnight in the participants’ respective time zone. The deadline to enter is midnight on Saturday, March 14. If participants are not a member of a team of four or more after the registration deadline, they will be entered as individuals. To register, and for additional information, visit the website at www.smohit.org/stepschallenge2020/.

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