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UMFK's step in the right direction

October 14, 2005


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Campus Health Improvement Program (CHIP) will launch a new exercise program to help improve the campus communitys overall health and wellness.

The new initiative called Smart Steps is an 8-week program sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which is designed around the use of a pedometer to count how many steps an individual takes in a day. The pedometer will be attached by the participant to their hip, first thing in the morning.

The goal of Smart Steps is to help individuals on campus set personal goals to eventually work up to 10,000 steps (approximately 5 miles) per day. The average American takes between 3,000 and 5,000 steps per day, so this program is designed to get the UMFK workplace moving.

The first week of the program will be establishing how many steps each participant takes every day. The average of the steps taken that week will be used to set goals for the following week and so on.

Anthem is covering the cost of the pedometer and materials.

Smart Steps will begin on the UMFK campus during the week of October 24.

CHIP was formed in the fall of 1999 by UMFK staff and faculty members to plan and promote a more healthy campus and surrounding community.