iWALK

Walking Program Resources

What's New

Join the 2018 iWALK Challenge (August 27th - October 7th)

Join the employer & community iWALK step challenge running August 27 - October 7, 2018. Register as an organization to receive challenge roll out support, custom marketing material and specialized reporting. Complete your company Administration Form today to get started. Click here for more challenge information or to register visit www.WorkHealthyLiveHealthy.com

Participate in Heart Walk with Team iWALK

Looking for a group to participate with in the upcoming Sonoma County Heart Walk? Click here to Join Team iWALK! You can also search for your organizations team or form your own for this fun, healthy and impactful event to raise awareness on cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Sonoma County Heart Walk will be on September 23rd at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa. Click here for more information on Heart Walk.

iWALK has a new remastered Logo!

The pulse and heart beats represent the main goal of iWALK, to help adults get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. This is the amount recommended for adults by the World Health Organization, the CDC and the American Heart Association to help reduce the risk of chronic disease.


What is iWALK?

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iWALK is platform of walking and wellness resources for Employer Groups and Community Members. The goal is to provide resources and information for adults to increase their physical activity level to at least 150 minutes per week, whether at work, at home or at play. The World Health Organization recommends that adults achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, to maintain health and reduce the risk of noncommunicable disease such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Resources available on this site include:

  • Employer wellness program toolkits
  • Walking program starter kits
  • Healthy events calendar
  • Trail maps
  • Connections to the iDo26.2 program for kids

iWALK was Sonoma County Health Action's first Initiative. St. Joseph Health has since helped to expand iWALK to include Napa and Sonoma County. Health Action is a partnership of community leaders and organizations who are committed to improving health and health care for all Sonoma County residents with the goal of being the healthiest county in California by 2020.

With iWALK, Health Action & St. Joseph Health hope to . . .

  • Inspire people all over Sonoma County and surrounding regions to begin walking regularly to improve their health.
  • Inspire people to participate in local healthy events and join walking groups or form new ones with friends, neighbors or co-workers.
  • Provide employers and the community with resources and toolkits to help promote walking and physical activity.

For more information about Health Action, see www.sonomahealthaction.org.


Why Walk?

Walking offers many physical, mental and social benefits. Walking is one activity that most everyone can do—regardless of age or physical condition. Walking...

  • is fun
  • is a great way to share time with friends and family
  • can be done anywhere with little investment
  • lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
  • helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • improves mental health
  • helps control weight
  • boosts energy levels
  • produces no greenhouse gas emissions
  • enhances concentration
  • gets you in touch with nature and your neighborhood

So, what are you waiting for? Put your best foot forward. Find a walk. Start a walk. Just walk! Together we will take our first steps toward a healthier community.


Contact Us:

Teresa Scott
St. Joseph Health - Work Healthy Live Healthy & iWALK Supervisor
teresa.scott@stjoe.org
(707)525-5300 x 3189

Acknowledgements

Portions of this website were adapted from the following programs: Healthy Shasta (Shasta County, CA) and Simple Steps (developed by the Dakota County Public Health Department, MN)