For the second year, Move It Monday partnered with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to offer its Annual Conference attendees a chance to start the week with a Monday Mile. This November, we hosted five Monday Mile walking groups over the course of the conference in Philadelphia.
More than 40 attendees joined us to walk through the long halls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Together, we logged more than 80,000 steps, adding to APHA’s challenge of 10 million total steps walked during the four-day event!
Amber-Ray Davidson, Program Coordinator at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who co-lead the APHA walks alongside The Monday Campaign’s Meghan Crowley said “The Monday Mile is the perfect example of how simple and fun physical activity can be. We were able to generate so much enthusiasm around walking, even when attendees were already a little drained from walking the huge halls of the convention center to get to their sessions. Walkers enjoyed the opportunity to connect and get some extra steps in!” Davidson organizes weekly Monday Mile walks for students, faculty, and staff at JHU, one of the many universities and schools leveraging the program to encourage more physical activity.
Earlier this year in Florida, we also brought the Monday Mile to the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ Annual Conference, where the mayor of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Proclaimed July 11 “Move It Monday/Do the Monday Mile Day!” Going forward, we hope to partner with other health-orientated conferences to host Monday Miles at their event- rain or shine!