It’s time to get your county officials, employees, and citizens to start walking for your county and join the Summer Steps County Challenge, sponsored by WVU Extension Service and the WV Association of Counties! The challenge begins June 1st and runs through August 31st but anyone can join in at any time during the course of the challenge.

In the 2015 Call to Action, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Murthy said,

“Walking for better health may seem simplistic, but sometimes the most important things we can do are also the easiest and the most obvious. It’s time to step it up, America! The journey to better health begins with a single step.”

Taylor County brought home the title in 2015 with more than 25,000 miles logged. Total for all participating counties was 44,000. Previous winners are Monroe, Monongalia, and Wood counties.

Summer Steps is here to encourage each of us, our families, our constituents, and communities to WALK. Let’s make 2016 the year we step it up! It’s as simple as 1 – 2- 3...

1. Sign up at Anyone can jump in at any time during the summer from now through August. When you sign up, you can designate your county.

2. Let others know about it. county_news_service/2016/4/27/take-steps-to-get-healthy-with-the-wvu-extension-service-summer-steps-program

More walkers = more fun and community support for being active together!

3. Every week or so, log your steps on the SS website. If you want to form walking groups, great.

If your county wins the Summer Steps County Challenge, the county will receive a Live Well WV Community Plaque for the courthouse as well as a county walkability study conducted by experts at WVU Extension Service.

Be a Summer Steps advocate. Summer Steps is a flexible program to help each of us with personal health goals. Take a few minutes to sign up and promote this healthy competition. Every step you take improves your life in many ways.