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'We just want to get people moving'

May 29, 2014

It's not too late to join the Step Into Fitness program from Campus Recreational Sports this summer.


Walking can help control blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind) and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Over 2,000 faculty and staff participate in the free, self-guided, 12-week walking program, now in its eighth year at Indiana University Bloomington.

On May 21, Campus Recreational Sports hosted a kickoff event at the Wildermuth Intramural Center. Over 150 faculty and staff members signed up.

“We just want to get people moving,” said Chris Arvin, program director at Campus Recreational Sports. “We want participants to be more aware of how active or not active they are.”

Participants are given pedometers to track their daily steps. “Most people walk up to 2,000 steps per day,” Arvin said, which is the equivalent of one mile. Arvin recommends that people take 6,000 steps a day. “People start realizing health benefits at that threshold.”

Faculty and staff can continue to register either by contacting stepfit@indiana.edu or by stopping in at Rec Sports Member Services.

Walking can help control blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind), reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, increase bone strength, improve your mood and help you stay strong and fit.

Along with a free pedometer, participants also receive nutrition and physical activity tips, a nutrition tracker and encouraging emails and support from the Rec Sports staff along the way.

Tips on adding more steps to your day:

  • Park farther away from your building.
  • Walk to lunch and choose a location farther from your office to boost step count.
  • Walk to meetings, or better yet, have a walking meeting.
  • Take the stairs.
  • Take part in a step group exercise session -- 45 minutes = 4,000 steps.
  • Go for after-dinner strolls in your neighborhood.
  • Take the longest route rather than the shortest route to your destination.

For more information on health and wellness opportunities for IU employees, visit Campus Recreational Sports and the IU Health Center

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