Walking Program Resources & Employer Recognition

What's New

2018 iWALK Challenge

Join the employer and community step challenge running August 27 - October 7, 2018. Click here for more info.

iWALK has a new remastered Logo!

The pulse and heart beats represent the main goal of iWALK, to help people 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 Associaiton to help reduce the risk of chronic disease.

What is iWALK?

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iWALK is an initiative to get Sonoma and Napa County physically active through maintaing a central platform of healthy resources. The goal is for adults to get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week as recommended by the World Health Organization to maintain health and reduce the risk of noncommunicable disease such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Resources availalbe on this site include: employer wellness program tools and recognition, walking program starter kits, a healthy events calendar, trail maps and connections to programs 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 Healhy & iWALK Supervisor
(707)525-5300 x 3189


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)