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National Public Health Week

CPHA Mentors on Request (MOR)

National Public Health Week April 3-9, 2017

A Success by Every Measure



Steps Recorded!

Surpassing our goal of 30 million Steps in 30 Days 

The American Public Health Association (APHA) challenged Americans to collectively walk 1 billion steps in 90 days, reaching that target by April 9th, the end of National Public Health Week.  CPHA Mentors on Request (MOR), took the lead in organizing the step challenge in Connecticut (CPHA 3030) with a goal of contributing 30 million steps in 30 days. CPHA mirrored the APHA’s success, doubling the step target!  


APHA’s success was spectacular: With 8000 team members from 696 teams they achieved 2.2 billion steps and a visible start to their long- term goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation.  Walking improves heart health, social support and, ultimately connectedness within the community and across the country. We congratulate the winner of the APHA Step Challenge, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control with 78,314,116 steps.

Connecticut (Team 3030) significantly contributed over 60 million steps. We recruited almost 500 steppers through our 30 team leaders and accomplished this in only one month, or 1/3 of the total time that the step challenge ran.  Next year we will start earlier! 

 CT Team Results

We measured success by number of team members recruited and by number of steps logged.  

 1st place: CT DPH with 8,296,087 steps (39 people)  


 Runners up

 Naugatuck Valley Health District 6,764,724(24 people)

 Southern CT State University with 7,313,594  (33 members)

 Billian Steps 7,123,893 (30 people)

 Area Health Education Centers with 4,715,434 steps (28 people)

 United Technologies Aerospace Division (UTAS) with 4,157,848 (18 people)


 Who Won? Everybody!

 This challenge was a kick start to get myself and a team member back in the gym and headed towards a healthier lifestyle.”  Team Leader, Khristie Walser, CT DPH


Leaders reported that some team members walked together, breaking two unhealthy habits: long periods of isolation and sitting, created by our computer, phone and iPad addictions. Many reported walking with colleagues and with community members whom they might have never met.

CPHA won as an organization reaching new partners in education, the private sector and community groups which in the future can work together to achieve healthier policies and workplaces.   The team leaders who completed our Step Challenge survey unanimously reported that they enjoyed this activity and would participate in next year’s Step Challenge. 

Comments and photos from CPHA 3030 Steppers

Pathways Sendaros (New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program)

"Helped me pay attention to how much I exercise." -Laylani B. 12

"I am going to continue to use the pedometer."  Karina L. 14


Area Health Education Centers  AmeriCorps workers

“This challenge motivated me to fulfill  my goal of living healthier.  It jump started my training for the Hartford half marathon.” -Brittany Trnka

Manchester High School, Manchester

  “Walking with students not in my patient care class gave me a chance to make new friends.”

Billian Steps, Farmington Valley

"Being part of a CPHA walking team has given me the opportunity to deepen several friendships and share our stories as we walk together." Rebecca Flannery - Musician, Harpist, Burlington CT

"At a recent lecture in Canton by Jennifer Kertanis I was stunned to learn that 20% of adults experience some sort of depression disorder, …and nearly 9% of young adults age 18-25 reported non-medical use of pain reliever. What better way to combat these serious issues than taking advantage of our wonderful walking trails.Walking is a great mood elevator." - Dorothy Paleologos - Principal Netmark Associates, Canton CT

Walking and working together has built partnerships that will help support our state's health and health policies. We look forward to growing this activity with you and to incorporating MOR mentoring while walking in the future. 


Joan Lane, MPH

Co-Chair, National Public Health Week

Cyndi Billian Stern, MA, MPH

Chair, CPHA Mentors on Request


Participating Teams

CPHA 30-30 Team - Hartford, CT

UTAS Walkers - Windsor, CT

Steppin' Up Robinsons - Hartford, CT

Billian Steppers - Farmington, CT

Red Hot Chili Steppers - Hartford, CT

Stamford Health Department - Stamford, CT

Naugatuck Valley Health District Staff, Friends & Family - Seymour, CT

CT Sleeplab - New Britain, CT

Never Say Never - Branford, CT

CT Department of Public Health - Hartford, CT

Ridge Runner

Caribbean Connection - Hartford, CT

Witness the Fitness - Farmington, CT

Carbon Footprints - Rocky Hill, CT

Step BOSS - Hartford, CT

WIC Walkers - Hartford, CT

SCSU Department of Public Health - New Haven, CT

Connecticut Children's Team Super Safe - Hartford, CT

South Windsor Wellness Committee and Health Department - South Windsor, CT

Ateam - New Haven, CT

Farmington Valley Health District - Canton, CT

Quinnipiac School of Nursing - North Haven, CT

University of Saint Joseph - West Hartford, CT

The Fox Den - Mystic, CT

The Connecticut Forum Walking Heads - Hartford, CT

AHEC - AmeriCorps (Health360)

Pathways/Senderos - New Britain, CT

 Manchester High PEHE - Manchester, CT

MHS Walkers - Manchester, CT

Starling Physicians - Rocky Hill, CT


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