‘Tech Talk’ provides motivation during step challenge

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Capt. Laura Dy (far left) and Col. Christine Watson (far right) discuss the hearth healthy benefits during the ‘Walking Club’ near Stoneman Field, Jan. 31. The Walking Club encourages Move2Health, Spartan Step Challenge participants to log steps while meeting new colleagues each week.

Story and photos by
Ramee Opperude
U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As part of a New Year’s push to encourage more walking, U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks specialists briefed step challenge participants, here, on how to use a mobile app to track their progress.

The informational exchange was held in January part of a “Tech Tuesday” event at the clinic.

U.S. Army Capt. Tania Didas, Orthopedics/Podiatry Clinic Officer in Charge, USAHC-Schofield Barracks instructs clinic staff on how to track their results during the monthly Spartan Step Challenge Jan. 30.

U.S. Army Capt. Tania Didas, Podiatry/Orthopedics officer in charge, led the challenge participants through the use of the app and the objectives of the step challenge for the next three months.

“Walking requires no special skills or facilities and is achievable by virtually all age groups with little risk of injury,” said Didas. “It has been found to promote better adherence than more intense exercise, and it is frequently cited as an example of moderate intensity exercise that adults can accumulate throughout the day.”

The goal of the step challenge is to promote health and wellness through a three-tier monthly step program and work toward incorporating the Performance Triad recommended goal of 10,000 steps (roughly 5 miles per day) into the participants’ daily lives.

The mileage goal must be attained by the end of each month and will be monitored using the Pacer App (www.mypacer.com/).

Approved ways to accumulate steps for mileage include walking, running, hiking, StairMasters, elliptical machines and treadmills.

Participants were reminded that they were not required to complete the mileage goal each day, but must have accumulated the total mileage goal by the end of each respective month.

“When it comes down to it, a fit and well staff will bring increased efficiency and productivity. Motivation to find time to make it to the gym is a daunting task for some as the stressors of life take precedence,” said Neil Santiago, Human Performance Program specialist, USAHC-SB.

“Time management is critical, but having a program that temporarily solves this problem will give autonomy to those staff members that would have otherwise not made it a critical part of their day to partake in dedicated physical activity for overall health,” he said.

“The carry over effect that being fit has on a productive and integral staff member is tremendous and oftentimes affects more important aspects like social-work relationships, patient care delivery methods and the ability to problem solve in and out of critical situations,” he added.

The challenge began Feb. 1 and wraps up on April 30.

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