Step Up: Healthy Heart Challenge

In recognition of American Heart Month, we are challenging community members and MyMichigan Health employees to participate in our Step Up Healthy Heart Challenge during the month of February. As part of our challenge, we’re asking participants to walk between 7,500 and 10,000 steps a day. By engaging in regular daily aerobic activities like brisk walking, you can increase your cardiovascular fitness, improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and lower your risk of developing heart disease.

Walking Tips

  • Take a “walking break” instead of a “coffee break.” Get up every hour and take a 5-minute walk.
  • Don’t try to get the closest parking spot; park further away and add more steps to your day.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk over your lunch break.
  • Find a walking buddy or join a group for encouragement.

How to Participate

No need to sign-up in advance

To participate in the STEP UP Healthy Heart Challenge, simply track your steps throughout the month of February using your Fitbit, Apple Watch, phone or other activity tracker. 

The best part is walking is free and it’s one of the easiest ways to get active and stay active!

Take a Free Heart Health Assessment

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Most people who die suddenly from heart disease have no previous symptoms. This quick Heart Health Assessment will measure your risk for heart disease, determine what controllable factors you can address and then help you plan for a heart-healthy future.

Find Out Your Heart Age

Record Your Steps

No need to sign-up in advance, simply return to the page at the end of the month and record your steps for a chance to win a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card. All participants who log at least 200,000 steps throughout the month of February will be eligible to win.