Healthy UNH Offers New Online Campus Walking Tool

Healthy UNH Offers New Online Campus Walking Tool

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get exercise, and, with 300 acres making up the core campus, UNH has plenty of routes to choose from. 

Maybe you want to walk three miles at lunch; or maybe you only have time for two. Or, after multiple trips to the same location in one day, maybe you’d like to know how much distance you’ve covered. The new online walking guide offered by Healthy UNH can help you with that. Launched earlier this month, the tool uses Google maps to track walking distances around the university. All you have to do is mark your starting and end points on the map. 

In addition to giving you the total distance, the guide provides street addresses and walking directions. You can undo your most recent entry with the click of the mouse or start over completely by selecting ‘reset.’ 

“The new campus walking guide will allow people to track how far they walk every day on campus. This is a great tool to help everyone become more conscious and aware of their walking around campus, and help them plan out how to get more steps in every day,” says Stacey Gabriel, research associate at the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. “We are very lucky to have a large, beautiful campus and the new campus walking guide is a great way to explore new places and walking routes.” 

Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommend adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five or more days a week. Walking 10,000 steps daily (about 4 to 5 miles, depending on one’s stride) meets the recommendation. The average sedentary person walks between 2,000 and 3,000 steps a day. 

Even if you can’t find time to fit a walk in your day, you can still increase the number of steps you take simply by parking further away from your destination; taking a longer route when traveling to meetings, or getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way. 

If you have questions about how to use the campus walking guide, contact Healthy UNH at healthy.unh@unh.edu. Healthy UNH offers this reminder: “While walking through our beautiful campus, everyone should practice safe and wise walking habits. Use designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Be alert and aware of your surroundings, especially while using your phone or listening to music.” 

You can read more about the 10,000 steps a day program at Shape Up America, founded by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.