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10,000 Steps celebrates 200 billion steps milestone

Published:19 September 2018

Caption: TOP: CQUni staff turned out to help celebrate the 10,000 Steps milestone. MID: Brittany Cunningham and Claudia-Rose Genocchio led a conga line of walking fans. BELOW: A show of support.

Members of the 10,000 Steps website have achieved an incredible milestone by logging their 200 billionth step on the 10,000 Steps website, www.10000steps.org.au .

At an average stride of 80 cm, 200 billion steps equate to 160 million km. This is equivalent to:

- 4000 trips around the Earth's equator,

- 200 return trips from Earth to the Moon,

- Or a trip from the Earth to the Sun.

Reaching 380 000 members and notching up its 200 billionth step in 2018, the 10,000 Steps online community has come along in leaps and bounds.

Lead researcher, CQUniversity’s Professor Corneel Vandelanotte says “woohoo! the milestones are a good sign for the future of the program”.

“August, in particular, has been a busy month for the program website, with members logging an average of 70 million steps per day, twice as many steps per day than usual," he says.

“Reaching these sorts of milestones is evidence of not only the popularity of 10,000 Steps with the public but also the project’s ability to continue to grow over time.

“What originally started as a Rockhampton-based project, now attracts members from all over Australia and internationally,” Professor Vandelanotte said.

“10,000 Steps will continue to promote physical activity to individuals, workplaces and communities as we have done for the past 17 years, thanks to the continued funding from the Queensland Government.”

10,000 Steps is a free program that encourages Queenslanders to increase their physical activity, run by the team at CQUniversity Australia.

Participants use a step-counting pedometer or activity tracker to monitor their daily activity and work towards the goal of 10,000 steps per day.

The program is supported by a free physical activity website, www.10000steps.org.au where individuals, workplaces and community groups can view physical activity information, register for their own personal step log to record their physical activity and register to access resources to promote being active in their workplace or community.

For more information about the 10,000 Steps program visit: www.10000steps.org.au .