We’ve all heard the health tip of walking 10,000 steps a day. It’s not a magic number by any means, but it equates to the recommended amount of daily exercise by most health professionals. It gives us a goal to work toward.
As I was contemplating the upcoming Walk to END Alzheimer’s, which is held on the SIUE campus, that number came to mind once again: 10,000 – 10,000 reasons to end Alzheimer’s. Now, sadly, that’s an easy goal to reach. We all have our reasons for ending Alzheimer’s. One of mine lost his fight against Alzheimer’s on this day in 2013. My dad is definitely one of the biggest reasons I support the Walk to END Alzheimer’s.
With this 10,000 theme in motion, it only made sense that my Walk to END Alzheimer’s team, fundraising goal should be $10,000 – a dollar for every step; a dollar for every reason to end Alzheimer’s. Great idea, right? I mean, it’s a win-win. Team members get the health benefit of walking 10,000 steps each day, and the Alzheimer’s Association gets the benefit of much-needed funds for research and care services for those living with Alzheimer’s.
To meet our team goal, we need team members; team members ready to “step up” to the challenge. On the surface many might think the 10,000 Challenge is a bit overwhelming, so to see how easy it would be to meet this challenge, let me break it down for you.
First, if you are thinking there is no way you can get 10,000 steps in every day, take a look at The Walking Site. It gives some simple lifestyle changes that can help you meet the 10,000 step challenge.
Second, we need to hear the 10,000 reasons why people want to end Alzheimer’s. As with many campaigns today, social media can be a great resource for raising awareness and funds. As a team member, use your online platforms to help us meet the 10,000 Challenge and share the many reasons why people want to end Alzheimer’s. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and someone in the U.S. diagnosed with the disease every 67 seconds, we all have a reason to end Alzheimer’s.
Finally, we don’t just want to “talk the talk, but walk the talk.” So, let’s “talk the Walk” so we can “walk the Walk” Sept. 26! Take a look at how easy it can be to meet our $10,000 challenge!
If 20 people join The Purple PRoject, our Walk to END Alzheimer’s team, each team member would need to raise $500 to reach our $10,000 goal. That may still seem overwhelming to some, so to break that down a little further consider this. As a team member, you could reach your $500 goal by asking 25 people to step up to the challenge and donate $20! You could ask family, friends, co-workers or maybe get your own 10,000 daily steps in by walking to some of your favorite restaurants, salons or other places of business and asking for their support. See how easy it would be to meet this 10,000 Challenge?
10,000 steps. 10,000 reasons. $10,000. We can do this because…