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One million steps virtual step challenge

Age Friendly Ireland

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Programme: Cork County

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services, Respect And Social Inclusion, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Physical Activity, Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected, Your Body Your Health

Funding Stream: HSE

Resources Required: Financial, Paid Staff, Volunteer Staff, Mobile Social Media Report

Cost: 500-1000


A one million steps challenge to support cocooning adults to keep active and stay connected. Each participant was part of a group who collectively aimed to walk 1 million steps over the month of May 2020. Group support via WhatsApp and weekly walk challenges.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Older adults

Steps critical to success

  1. Community involvement
  2. Support from community health worker to access online group
  3. Funding

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Supporting participants to get online
  2. Maintaining interest
  3. Determining fitness levels of participants

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Improved physical health
  2. Improved wellbeing
  3. Decreased social isolation

Evaluation / Report:
Evaluation available

Jacinta McCormack