PLACERVILLE, CA December 28, 2017 – El Dorado County is participating in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) 1 Billion Steps Challenge and is encouraging residents to walk, roll and get moving in order to help APHA collectively hit 1 billion steps by April 8, 2018. Residents can participate in the challenge by registering at and logging steps from January 1st through Sunday, April 8th.

“Fitness should be fun! This challenge is a great way to kick-start the New Year with a little friendly competition,” said El Dorado County Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams. “One out of every two U.S. adults is living with a chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Increasing physical activity levels is one of the most important actions people can take to improve their overall health,” Williams added.

APHA has partnered with Stridekick to offer participants an easy way to track their steps through the integration of the top fitness tracker phone apps and smartwatch brands. Activity is not limited to walking. Step-conversion charts found online can be used to convert numerous activity types into steps. In addition, participants have the ability to see their activity trends and patterns through the Stridekick dashboard.

El Dorado County’s Health and Human Services Agency has created a team, “Walking to Well Dorado,” and is challenging all residents to join this team, or to create their own teams to compete as groups of friends, organizations, or even whole communities!

For additional information and registration, please visit