WALKING meetings and parking further from work will soon become common for more than 400 Border residents.
Starting Monday, 13 Albury-Wodonga organisations will take part in the 10,000 Steps Challenge during the next five weeks.
The challenge is being run as part of the Healthy Together Wodonga Initiative, a partnership between Gateway Community Health and Wodonga Council.
Participants have been issued with a pedo-meter to record their daily steps.
Gateway Community Health’s Grace Churches, who is one of the challenge co-ordinators, yesterday gave participants tips to increase their daily step count.
“People can take the stairs instead of the elevator, park the car further away from work or go on a walk to a coffee shop,” she said.
“Walking meetings, instead of sitting down, is a good one.”
The aim of the challenge is to encourage increased activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace.
“The World Health Organisation recommends individuals take 10,000 steps a day to improve their health and reduce the risk of disease,” Mrs Churches said.
Aspire’s Jeanette Tulloch welcomed it.
“It’s a great place to start our health and well-being journey,” she said.
Junction Support Service’s Ginny Krich looked forward to tracking her progress.
“We have a competitive bunch at Junction so we have decided to also run an internal competition,” she said.