By Ron Tankel, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist for Truman Medical Centers, Behavioral Health, New Frontier’s program
The Ten Million Step challenge project in 2009 engaged all seven Kansas City metro community mental health centers (CMHC) in a challenge to walk 10 million steps in three months. Each CMHC selected 25 mental health consumers, who, along with their identified coach, tracked either by pedometer or by entering duration, the number of steps walked in a three-month period that spanned Aug. 17 to Nov. 15, 2009.
Each week, the teams recorded their steps. The teams competing in the challenge finished with a total of more than 60 million steps of approximately 30,000 miles.