STEP UP 4 KiDS End of Challenge Celebration 2015

Check out some of these awesome photos from our STEP UP 4 KiDS End of Challenge Celebration!

We had a great time hitting golfballs at Fiesta Bowl‘s Spirit, bidding on some wonderful live and silent auction items, listening to how Healthy LifeStars impacts our own Valley children, and donating to such a great cause! With Lin Sue Cooney as our MC, Tom Lehman as our Honorary Chair, Bobby D. as the auctioneer, and some of our own LifeStars taking the stage… it was a truly a night to remember!

A special thank you goes out to our volunteers, sponsors, and supporters! Thanks to everyone’s hard work and support, we were able to raise over $46,000 for Healthy LifeStars to be available to more children across the Valley and beyond!

 

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By | 2017-03-14T18:30:25-07:00 October 28th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Kassidy and Kaprice have set their goal of 1 million steps… and the common goal to beat each other!

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LifeStars Kassidy and Kaprice’s hard work is paying off… These 13 year-old twins are participating in the STEP UP 4 KiDS Challenge this week and racking up some serious steps! The Challenge began on Monday, October 12, and by 8 a.m., they already took more steps than most people will have taken in a week.

Kassidy and Kaprice ran 12 miles around their neighborhood, and then took their dogs and younger brother Francisco for a 2-mile walk (you know… to “cool down”). On average, there are about 2,000 steps in 1 mile, so before 8 a.m., these young ladies took over 28,000 steps!

Check out their segment from EVB Live on 12 News yesterday! Way to go, LifeStars!!!

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:25-07:00 October 14th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

10,000 steps a day made easy

We’ve all heard the “10,000 steps a day” rule, right? In the 1960s, pedometers were sold in Japan and marketed to encourage users to take 10,000 steps each day to remain healthy. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends only 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day, why stop there? Try to challenge yourself and increase those steps, day by day, week by week!

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10,000 steps is roughly 5 miles, which for some sounds very intimidating! Lets break down those steps into more of an approachable goal….

  1. The coffee shop down the street is 2 miles away, and walking there and back is already 80% of your 10,000 steps challenge. By the time you finish your latte on the walk home, you will have already burned off the calories!
  2. For your next work meeting or conference call, if you can step away from the computer, try taking a walk. Just 30 minutes of walking at a pace of 3 mph can knock out 3,000 steps!
  3. Instead of sinking into the couch after dinner, take a walk with the family. Explore your neighborhood and rack up more steps.
  4. Start the day by walking the dogs around your neighborhood. Especially for those of us living in Phoenix, until the weather cools down a little more, early mornings and late nights are the only bearable times to be outside. Let the dogs direct you around the neighborhood and enjoy some music on your headphones.
  5. Stuck in the office all day? Take the stairs instead of the elevator! Take an average flight of stairs (15 steps), times four flights for your office on the 4th floor. Multiply that by six (going up, down and back up for lunch, down and back up for a break, and back down once the day is over). That gives you almost 400 steps in just stairs alone! Tack on another couple hundred for to and from the car and to and from the stairwell.

For all of these ideas and more, check out The Walking Site’s suggestions.

How do you reach your step goal in your daily routine?

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:25-07:00 October 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments