A new challenge in Abu Dhabi is encouraging people to walk and helping the emirate reach one billion steps in six weeks.
Launched by the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC), the interactive challenge aims to bring together thousands of people to achieve the fitness goal by the end of the 9th Congress of the International Society for Activity Physical and Health (ISPAH) in Abu Dhabi.
The One Billion Steps Challenge will take place over six weeks from September 23 to October 26, organizers have announced.
How to register
Participants can download the STEPPI app for free to track their progress and contribute to the campaign.
A dedicated website with a live counter will display the cumulative steps taken. It will also include recommendations on the different activities individuals can do to take as many steps as possible, for the chance to enter a draw to win Etihad Airways tickets.
In addition to inviting all residents, the event also aims to attract the participation of more than 1,000 visitors from around the world who will attend the ninth edition of the congress, which will be held from October 23 to 26 at the National Exhibition Center in ‘Abu Dhabi.
“Whether walking or running, every step will make a huge difference and requires a collective effort from individuals and organizations across the UAE, as well as the hundreds of delegates and experts who will attend the Congress to achieve our ambitious goal of one billion steps,” said Matar Al Nuaimi, Director General of ADPHC.
Jasper Schipperijn, President of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, added: “This is a very exciting initiative which involves the whole community in the preparation of this important congress and raises awareness in the community about the importance of physical activity. ”
ADPHC is the first center in the region dedicated to protecting the physical, mental and social well-being of Abu Dhabi residents. The initiative was launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Department of Community Development, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and fitness app STEPPI.
The ISPAH congress is the largest physical activity and health congress in the world.
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