Do you want to encourage yourself workout with your friends everyday and win prizes at the same time?

Do you want to be active everyday to adopt a healthier lifestyle?

Come and join the Columbia Steps Challenge.

According to the website, anyone who is 13 years old and up can join the challenge. Teams of four to six people will work together in the 12-week long competition. Team registration began on Sept. 2. If you are interested in the competition, you can visit their website to join or create a team.

The Tiger Institue for Health Innovation is designing a new competition to encourage Columbia residents to become more active. The walking competition will begin at Sept. 17 and ends Dec.17. Participants in four-to-six-people teams to compete for the final prizes.

Participants will wear pedometers to measure their steps. The number of the steps will calculate in their official website to decide final winners. The team that have the most steps record will  win the competition.

“The Step Challenge is another team based challenge where individuals are accountable to their team members for their activity level. The point of the Steps Challenge is to inspire individuals to become more active and adopt positive lifestyle change,” says Shelley Naydyhor, who help organize the challenge.

The Tiger Institue is a subsidiary of MU, and working with the Cerner Corp. They have created a weight-lass challenge called Columbia Slimdown Challenge, that kick off in April and ends in August. Participants lose a total 22,309 pounds in the competition. The Institute is still working on the details of the competition.

Naydyhor said their goal is to attract 5,000 people to join the Steps Challenge.

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