Time to get active

Step To It Challenge sign up begins April 1

Ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors? Why not get outside and get in shape at the same time. The four-week annual Step To It challenge is fast approaching. This year’s Step To It Challenge runs May 4 to 31.

StepToItLogoThe cities of Maple Grove and Osseo will once again be participating communities. Other surrounding cities include: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Little Earth of United Tribes, Maple Plain, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, New Hope, Orono, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Sabathani, St. Louis Park, and Shorewood.

The Step To It Challenge is a fun, lighted-hearted way to connect with family, friends, and neighbors, and get moving again after a long winter. The participating communities will compete to see which one has the most active residents.

This year participants are encouraged to “Take Green Strides” that save energy and natural resources too. Taking green strides not only saves natural resources, it helps people increase their physical activity. Walk or bike to a destination, pick up litter in the local park, or help plant a community garden. These activities can help people achieve their goals or maybe win the “Most Active Resident” award from the community.

Registration opens after April 1. Those interested in participating can visit www.steptoit.org.

The Minnesota Twins and Kare 11 join Hennepin County and participating communities as proud sponsors of the 2014 Step To It Challenge. Winning participants from each community will be recognized during a Twins game this summer.

The annual Step To It Challenge begins May 4. Sign up starting April 1 to participate.
The annual Step To It Challenge begins May 4. Sign up starting April 1 to participate.

Those that participate will keep an ongoing tally of their physical activity daily or weekly on their Step To It account. All steps will be counted in the community’s step totals in the competition for the Most Active Community award. An activity conversion chart is available at www.steptoit.org where activities such as biking, skateboarding, kayaking and mowing the lawn can be converted into steps.


Step To It in Your School

Even area schools can participate in the Step To It Challenge. The Challenge helps elementary schools integrate physical activity into the daily routines of students and their families. The focus of the school Step to It Challenge is elementary schools in Hennepin County; however, middle and high schools are also welcome to participate.

The Minnesota Twins recognize the importance of physical activity for children and are one of the main sponsors of the Step To It Challenge. By joining the challenge, elementary students get a chance to win a visit for their school from a Minnesota Twins player, their mascot TC, and the team’s strength and conditioning coach. The two elementary schools in Hennepin County with the most people registered by May 1 will win the visits. One visit will be awarded to schools with student enrollment of more than 575, and the other to schools with enrollment of 575 or less.

Visit www.steptoit.org/StepToItStatic/Schools.html for more details.