IT has been six months since the 10,000 Steps pedometer program kicked off in Cooma-Monaro and project managers Southern NSW Medicare Local (SNSWML) and Cooma-Monaro/Bombala mobile library service celebrated the milestone by awarding a prize to one lucky walker.
Delegate resident Alan Hale won a seventy dollar Sportspower voucher for borrowing a 10,000 Steps pedometer kit from the library and providing feedback about how it worked for him.
SNSWML health promotion officer Bridie Kenna congratulated Mr Hale for taking steps to maintain his health and urged Cooma-Monaro residents to follow his lead. "Walking 10,000 steps a day can help you sustain a healthy weight, increase your fitness and strength, improve your self-esteem and mental health, as well as cut your risk of heart disease by almost half," she said.
"Residents can borrow a step-counting pedometer from their local library for free and see just how easy and fun it can be to achieve those recommended steps. The pedometer counts your steps and the kit comes with healthy lifestyle tips and local walking guides to motivate and sustain an exercise habit."
Ms Kenna says the feedback received so far has been very positive. "One participant told us the pedometer kit motivated her to increase her physical activity levels and that she's having a competition with her husband to see who can do the most steps each day.
"Another said the pedometer makes it easy for her to track her steps and has taught her how much physical activity she should do on a daily basis."
10,000 Steps pedometer kits are available to borrow free of charge from the Cooma Library and the Bombala mobile library service.