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YMCA's Activate America(R) Motivates More Than 1.3 Million People to Take 8 Billion Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle During 'America On the Move Week with the YMCA'
Date:10/18/2007

friends encourage these same choices.

"Our latest research tells us that many Americans are not getting the encouragement and support they need to live a healthier lifestyle," said James O. Hill, Ph.D., America On the Move Foundation co-founder. "Through our partnership with the YMCA, we have shown that we can provide the social networks needed to support those seeking to make healthy changes and positively motivate them."

During America On the Move Week with the YMCA, YMCAs throughout the country hosted a variety of activities to welcome people in their communities to come together for organized walks, educational programs and family health and well-being events. For example, YMCAs in Washington State joined forces to promote fitness at a large walking event lead by the governor at the Washington State Fair. In Attleboro, Mass., the YMCA led a walkability assessment to gauge the walk-friendliness of their community. Residents of Winter Haven, Fla., could choose to log steps through seven days worth of free events from walking to salsa dancing. The YMCA in Redwood City, Calif., led one of its walks through a grocery store to talk about healthy eating. The Longmont, Colo. YMCA engaged school districts, corporations and other partner organizations to join in a quest to log 100 million steps in Longmont.

America On the Move Week with the YMCA builds upon a national partnership between the YMCA of the USA and the America On the Move Foundation and aims to motivate and mobilize thousands of Americans to take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle. America On the Move Foundation is a national non-profit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life -- for individuals, families, communities and society. PepsiCo and its Smart Spot(R) products are supporting this effort as a national sponsor of YMCA Activate America and the national presenting sponsor of America On the Move Foundation.

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