What is “America on the Move?”
America on the Move is a national program set up to
help individuals and communities make some simple changes to improve health
across the United States. By focusing on individuals and communities,
America on the Move works to support healthy eating and active living
The goal of America on the Move in Teller County is to
increase the number of residents who take part in moderate physical activity
at least five days per week. Moderate physical activities make you breathe a
little harder than normal; things such as carrying light loads, walking
briskly, or gardening.
The eating and physical activity patterns of most Americans have made us
the most overweight nation in the world.
Ø More than 60% of Americans do not get at least 30 minutes of physical
activity a day.
Ø 25% of American adults are not physically active at all.
Ø More than 120 million Americans - 64.5% of the adult population - are
overweight; nearly 59 million, or 31%, are obese.
Ø The average American adult gains 1-3 pounds each year; some people gain
Ø In Colorado, 34% of adults are overweight or obese.
Ø Approximately 30% of sixth-graders in Teller County are overweight or
How Can I Change?
By walking a little more (2000 more steps) and eating a little
less (100 fewer calories) each day, you can prevent weight gain. The ideas
on the calendars in this packet will help you make these easy changes and
start to make a big difference in your life and, eventually, in your
community. Once your friends and family see how fun and easy it can be to
change, maybe they'll join you!
So How Do I Get Started?
Getting started toward your goals is as easy as taking a few steps:
Step 1 Fill out the enclosed contact information and Healthy Lifestyle
and follow the directions below.
Step 2 Wear your step counter for three days in a row, with at least one
of those days being a Saturday or Sunday (for example, wear it Thursday,
Friday, Saturday). Put your step counter on first thing in the morning, do
your normal activities throughout the day, and at the end of the day, write
down the number of steps you took.
Step 3 After three days, add up the total number of steps you have taken
and divide by three. This is your "baseline" number of steps. This chart can
help you figure out your baseline:
Divide by 3
Step 4 Set your own "steps" goal. The idea is to increase your steps so
that by the end of ten weeks you are taking more steps per day than you were
when you started. For example, if your baseline is 1000 steps per day and
you decide you want to increase your daily steps by 2000, by the end of ten
weeks you would be taking 3000 steps per day. If you can increase your steps
and decrease your daily calorie intake by 100 calories, you can maintain
your current weight. More steps and even fewer calories could actually help
you lose weight.
Step 5 Start walking!
Step 6 Write down your steps every day for ten weeks and turn your steps
calendar in to Teller County Public Health. We will send you a post card
near the end of your ten weeks to remind you to send or bring in your steps
log. It is important that we get your log back so we can decide if we can
continue to offer the step counters at the discounted price of $5.00.
That's all there is to it! Writing down your steps every day helps you
focus on taking more steps and keeps you thinking about ways to take more
But wait...2000 steps sounds like a lot! It really isn't. You can take
2000 steps by adding just 15 to 20 extra minutes of walking throughout your
day (it doesn't even have to all be at the same time). 2000 steps is GREAT,
but the number of steps is less important than knowing that you are moving a
little more today than yesterday, and a little more this week than last.
Some things you can do to add more steps to your day include:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.
- Walk to the break area or restroom farthest from your office.
- Park in a spot farther from the front door of the store instead of
driving around the parking lot looking for the closest spot.
- Go for a walk with the kids, the dog or your spouse (or all three!).
And what about those 100 calories that I'm not supposed to eat? Again,
simple things like not drinking one can of soda or having fresh fruit
instead of syrup on your waffles or pancakes can help with this. There are
more ideas for cutting calories on the calendars that you will be using to
track your steps.
Teller County Public Health will also contact you a few times over the
next year to see if you're still using your step counter, still keeping
track of your steps, and if this program has helped you build your own
To learn more about America on the Move, log on to
There are more ideas for adding steps, reducing calories, and meeting your
If you have questions or if you would like more information on our Health
Behavior Change Program, call Teller County Public Health at 719/687-6416.
It's not just what we eat that's important, but how we use the
calories we consume. As long as you're
active enough to balance the calories you eat with the calories you
burn in physical activity, you can enjoy
an occasional treat and still avoid weight gain.
By pledging to walk an extra mile (equivalent to 2000 steps) and
reduce 100 calories for one day you'll see how
easy it is to achieve the energy balance that can stop weight gain.
Small changes in your daily activity will quickly add up to 2000
extra steps or more!