Mile A Day
About the Program
Mile a Day is a walking challenge that encourages individuals and teams from different worksites to establish and track healthy walking habits. There has never been a more important time to get outside and spend time walking in nature.
This challenge begins October 14.
Q: I know this is a walking challenge, but can I run?
A: Yep. Do what you’re comfortable with.
Q: What if someone can’t walk or run without help?
A: If someone uses an assisted device to move from place to place like a wheelchair or a walker, that definitely counts.
Q:Does riding a bike count?
A: There are biking challenges out there. The Mile-A-Day challenge is specifically designed for walking, running, or skipping when applicable.
Q: Do I have to walk every day?
A: The goal is to get in the habit of walking a mile a day, so walking every day is ideal. However, as long as folks walk the total challenge miles in the time frame of the challenge, the challenge has been completed.
Q: What kind of miles count?
A: Intentional miles are the ones we like to see. While many people walk a Mile-A-Day doing their regular activities, the aim of our program is to encourage people to get active outside and take a walk for its own sake.
Q: How can I register a team?
Q: I was on a team last challenge. Do I have to register again?
A: If your team is competing in the new challenge, you will automatically be moved over to the new challenge. If your old team is no longer competing, you may select a new open team or ask to join a new team.
Q: How are team miles calculated on the leaderboard?
A: The leaderboard is based on the average number of miles walked per team, and not the most miles walked per team. This system prevents teams with the most team members from always winning.
Q: Where should we walk?
A: We recommend that you walk outside, but beyond that, feel free to get creative! From walking around your backyard, your neighborhood, or checking out hiking trails and local parks, we recommend that you walk in places that bring you joy, making it easier for you to keep up your daily walking habit.
Q: What is the last day that I can enter miles onto the app manually?
A: Sessions can only be added manually to the app when there is an active program session aka challenge. For example, if the challenge ends on May 13th. You will not be able to enter in manual miles on the 14th.
Q: What if I have already downloaded the app and participated in a previous challenge?
A: Your user information will automatically be transferred to the next challenge. If you were on a team and that team is not competing this challenge, you may compete as an individual in one of our National teams.
Read more about the app and its uses below. Check out our YouTube page for tutorials and more!
Why an App? After surveying 6,000 Mile-A-Day participants in 2021, we learned that people overwhelmingly thought that having an app would improve the Mile-A-Day challenge experience. Because of this feedback, we spent 8 months building a mobile application, which we debuted to the public last year during our 30 Miles, 30 Days Challenge.
What Phones Are Supported? The mobile Mile-A-Day app is available for IOS (Apple) and Google (Android) phones.
How Can I Track My Miles? You can track your daily miles by either allowing the app to connect with the Health App (IOS) or Google Fit App (Android) on your phone, or you can manually enter in your miles. Watch a video to learn how to track your miles.
What Does the App Do? The app allows you to see your mileage for each session, for the day, and for the total challenge in real time. It also allows you to see where you rank on the leaderboard. If you are on a team, you can also see where your team ranks on the leaderboard.
2022 Program Impact
Participants from 46 states and Canada
of participants reported being more motivated for physical activity
of participants reported a positive impact on their mental wellbeing