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Women walk 208 million steps for health

The Evanston Health Department says the 1,100 participants in its Women Out Walking  program racked up about 208 million steps this year.

That’s more than double the participation level in the first year of the community health initiative last year.

The Evanston Health Department says the 1,100 participants in its Women Out Walking  program racked up about 208 million steps this year.

That’s more than double the participation level in the first year of the community health initiative last year.

The goal of this program is to encourage women to live healthier lifestyles and become more physically active through either walking or participation in a fun activity that offers health benefits, like yoga, gardening or biking.

Participating women were offered weekly challenges and prizes and were invited to monthly workshops, group walks and healthy cooking demonstrations.

“This year the program garnered greater growth in community partners and corporate support. Additionally, several local employers allowed the city to either offer the program to their employees as part of their wellness initiative or assisted us in the recruitment of participants,” said Evonda Thomas, Director of Evanston’s Health Department.

The top performer in this year’s program, Debbie O’Connor, accounted for over 3 million steps — or nearly 1,500 miles. Throughout the program the city received many success stories of individuals who have lost weight, improved overall physical fitness, reduced stress levels, and received valuable tools to improve their health and the health of their family members.

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