TEACHER WALKS™ is a nationwide movement that inspires teachers and students to move more at school. TEACHER WALKS™ is available at no cost; it can be done before, during, or after school; and it requires no special equipment. TEACHER WALKS™ can be launched in the following seven easy steps:
1. Complete the short sign-up form at the bottom of the page.
2. Create and measure a safe walking route on the school grounds.
3. Create walking “circles” of:
a. Teachers and any interested students
b. Teachers and their classroom students
c. Teachers only
d. Students only
4. Select a daily time and distance to walk that is agreeable with everyone in the walking circle.
5. Do TEACHER WALKS™ every day at school.
6. Track daily progress and report your walking circle’s performance at the end of the contest. The Reporting Form can be found on the website under the Programs tab.
7. Achieve a One to Five Star level of performance and be recognized for your achievement!
TEACHER WALKS™ benefit teachers and students in many ways, including:
• Improves health conditions like cholesterol and blood pressure
• Reduces the risk of, or helping to manage, type 2 diabetes
• Assists with weight management
• Helps to improve and maintain strength and fitness levels
• Lowers stress levels through physical activity, and elevates mood
• Enhances social well-being through friendly interchange with circle members
• Provides a purpose/goal that is shared with others
• Allows teachers and students the opportunity to get to know each other better
• Creates an informal environment for sharing information with students
• Builds a break into the day for revitalizing mental and physical energy
• Influences family and community members to move more
Information, social networking opportunities, testimonials, pictures, and videos of TEACHER WALKS™ participants is available on TEACHER WALKS™ Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teacher-Walks-170892843360828/. In addition, the TEACHER WALKS™ website, http://www.leanwellness.us/tool, provides the following success tools at no cost:
• Downloadable charts for tracking individual, circle, and classroom progress
• Downloadable certificates for five different levels of achievement
• Downloadable achievement badges for displaying electronically
• Downloadable activities and challenges to add even more fun to TEACHER WALKS™
TEACHER WALKS™ only counts the steps or distance achieved on the daily TEACHER WALKS™. It does not count all steps, or the total distance accumulated, for an entire day. However, multiple TEACHER WALKS™ can be completed and counted as a daily total.
Ten 4-week competitions are scheduled throughout the year. Participants can choose which contests that they would like to participate in. Achievement is based on the circle’s average daily individual step count, or distance achieved. The following is an example of a 5-person circle who walked a total of 140 miles during the 4-week (20-school days) contest (140 divided by 20 = 7 miles per day). 7 miles per day divided by 5 people = “1.4” miles per person per day. This would qualify them for “2-Star” recognition. If a circle member misses a walk, a “0” should be recorded for that person. If a person misses 10 days or more, they can be excluded from the circle’s totals (in the previous example, you would only count 4 of the 5 circle members’ totals). At the end of each contest, the circle’s average daily individual step count, or distance achieved, is reported at:
TEACHER WALKS™ recognizes five different levels of achievement, and recognition is given at the end of each 4-week contest. Circles that participate in at least five 4-week competitions, in a calendar or school year, qualify for national recognition. Achievement levels are as follows:
1-Star 1,000 steps, or ½ mile, average per school day
2-Stars 2,000 steps, or 1 mile, average per school day
3-Stars 3,000 steps, or 1.5 miles, average per school day
4-Stars 4,000 steps, or 2 miles, average per school day
5-Stars 6,000 steps, or 3 miles, average per school day
The 2017-2018 TEACHER WALKS™ 4-week competitions are as follows:
1.) Fall 1 September 4, 2017 – September 29, 2017
2.) Fall 2 October 9, 2017 – November 3, 2017
3.) Fall 3 November 13, 2017 – December 8, 2017
4.) Winter 1 January 1, 2018 – January 26, 2018
5.) Winter 2 February 5, 2018 – March 2, 2018
6.) Spring 1 March 12, 2018 – April 6, 2018
7.) Spring 2 April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018
8.) Spring 3 May 21, 2018 – June 15, 2018
9.) Summer 1 June 25, 2018 – July 20, 2018
10.) Summer 2 July 30, 2018 – August 24, 2018