School districts step up for the 2017 Million Mile Month challenge

School districts from across the nation are stepping out as part of Million Mile Month 2017.

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month, which began on April 1, is a challenge to complete one million collective miles of physical activity, together, as a global community.

School districts in Texas, California, Florida and Missouri are encouraging local communities – including students, teachers, families and friends – to join in the challenge.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of April’s Million Mile Month is to engage individuals in the challenge of achieving 1 million collective miles of physical activity.

Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.

Fort Bend Independent School District Charles Dupre is challenging fellow Texas superintendents to join in the challenge.

“In Fort Bend ISD, life balance, health and fitness are important to us,” Dupre said. “We look forward to the friendly competition with area school districts each year. Our FBISD community has already logged thousands of miles this April and we look forward to once again claiming bragging rights as the fittest district.”

Austin (Texas) Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz said: “We want Austin ISD to be the healthiest, fittest school district in the state. By participating in Million Mile Month, we can stay on track with our fitness goals.’’

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Texas is encouraging students, teachers, parents, neighbors, family and friends to join the challenge.

“Enough talking the talk. It’s time to walk the walk,’’ said Lamar ISD Superintendent Thomas Randle. “Last April, the Lamar CISD community walked almost 70,000 miles. Let’s get moving’’

Since 2014, more than 34,000 participants from 50 states, 36 countries and more than 200 organizations have stepped up to the Million Mile Month challenge.

During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.  For more information, visit https://www.millionmilemonth.org.

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