One Billion Steps for Health Challenge

The One Billion Steps for Health Challenge is open to everyone.

World Walking

World Walking allows you to use the distances you walk in the real world to complete imaginary (virtual) walks ranging from city tours to worldwide journeys. There are over 160 virtual walks to choose from.

World Walking's many features include:

  • Everyone’s welcome: Go it alone or create your own group - easily!

  • Easy to use: Create your own unique login.

  • Track your progress:  Anytime you wish.  See what milestones you’ve reached, how many steps you’ve taken.  World Walking app users can even find out how high they’ve climbed!

  • See the world:  There are hundreds of the world’s most amazing places to visit with World Walking.  See where you are using the built-in Google Street View.Gain awards:  

  • There are 20 Awards to unlock!  The more you walk, the more you receive.

Signing up to take part in the Challenge

If you would like to take part in the One Billion Steps for Health Challenge, please use the special landing page which we've created to register (if you are new to World Walking) or login (if you have already created an account on World Walking). You will find the landing page at: https://worldwalking.org/billionsteps  

Once you have registered or logged in using the landing page (use the Registration Section below the main image not the menu at the top of the page) all of the distances you subsequently add to World Walking will be included automatically to the live total displayed on the landing page of the miles walked by all the individuals and groups taking part in the Challenge.

Although you do not need to do so, we recommend you use the Quick Links on the landing page to:

  • Create a group

  • Search for other groups taking part in the Billion Steps Challenge

  • Start a new virtual walk

  • Add (bank) the distances which you or your group walk

  • Use (spend) the distances you have banked to help complete your virtual walk.

Apart from anything else, the landing page will let you see at a glance how many steps have been walked by everyone taking part in the Challenge.

Once you have registered to take part in the Billion Steps for Health Challenge getting started is pretty straightforward. If you need help, have a look in the World Walking ‘Help’ section (there is a ‘Help’ tab at the bottom of each page on World Walking). If you don’t find what you need just click the ‘Get in touch’ button and we’ll get you sorted out.

Getting Started

Step 1: Create a group for your service/team using the Quick Link on the landing page titled - "Create a group"

You can set up your group so that anyone can join it or so that people need to be invited to join.

Step 2: Start a walk for you or your group using the Quick Link on the landing page titled - "Start a new walk"

Step 3: Ask all your friends, family and colleagues to:

  1. Register to use World Walking using the landing page to register (or login if they already have a World Walking account).

  2. Join your group

  3. Start your group's walk

Helpful tips:

  • World Walking allows users to enter an optional display name will be shown in place of their own name on the website.

  • To start your group's chosen walk just click on 'My Walks'. You will see that your group has a walk available. You just need to click it to join.

Adding the distances you walk

To log the distance you have walked to help complete your chosen virtual walk you need to deposit your distance in your World Walking 'bank' and then 'spend' the distance you have 'banked' on your walk.

We have included a Quick Link on the landing page for you to use to 'Add your distance (bank)'.  

You can 'spend' the distance you have 'banked' anytime. You will find another Quick Link on the landing page labelled 'Spend distance on a walk' which allows you to do that.

Editing your group details

To edit your group details e.g. to change the status of your group to 'invite only', open your 'group' page and then click on the down arrow at the right hand side of the menu bar on your group page.

Select the 'edit group' option from the short drop down menu that appears.

Setting your default unit of distance

With World Walking users can enter their distances in steps, kilometers or miles.

To help users enter their distance correctly they can set a default unit of distance. To do this click on 'settings' on the menu or your dashboard (your  home page) and select the value you prefer to use when entering the distance you walk.

What if you enter the wrong number of steps?

We all make mistakes - it happens to the best of us. Don’t worry. You can delete (or undo) distance from your ‘bank’ as long as:

  • You haven't spent the distance on a walk, or you have enough steps in your bank to delete the banked distance.

  • The distance was manually added and not automatically pulled in through a wearable device e.g. your Fitbit.

  • The distance was recently added (at most 1 month ago) and shows in the "Recent Activity" when you click the ‘Add Steps’ button.

Here is a link to an article in our 'Help' section which explains how to do this: https://worldwalking.org/help/article/1822/how-do-i-delete-distance-from-my-bank

Many feet will make light work of one billion steps.

Thanks you all for taking part.  Let’s go for it!

Congratulations to intu, the largest shopping network in the UK, on achieving national recognition by using World Walking to mark National Walking Month in May 2017. 

As well as passing on our congratulations we'd also like to say a big thank-you to intu for its very kind and generous donation of £150 which we'll use to help keep World Walking going in 2018/19.

Here's what intu's Corporate Responsibility Executive, Chantal Boyle, had to say about her company's efforts.

"intu have received the runner-up award for Excellence in Walking by Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards 2017 which was a direct result of our successes with the World Walking app.

With the World Walking app 103 intu staff, across 14 of our shopping centres across the UK, and head office in London, walked an incredible 7,479,936 steps during the month of May.

Together they walked from:

  1. Lands’ End to John O'Groats
  2. Vienna to Paris
  3. The Adriatic Coast
  4. Barcelona to Rome

The group included a wide range of abilities both physical and professional. Everyone was motivated by the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed recording their activity and learning interesting facts about the cities, towns and countries that we visited along the way.

We took the opportunity to remind people of the benefits of walking  which include:

  • Refreshing your mind
  • Boosting your body's fitness, reducing periods of sickness
  • Restoring your soul and enhancing your mood
  • Enhancing your social life, we chat more when we are walking with friends, family or colleagues

Nearly 7.5million steps were undertaken. Staff were more physically active and actually looked for reasons to go out for a walk. People discovered new places (sometimes on their doorstep) that they never knew existed and facts about their local area that they never knew.

Most of our centres now have regular walks or links to walks that people can join. We have also introduced ‘walking meetings’ at some locations."

Why not follow in the footsteps of intu's and join World Walking today?

Scottish heart groups walk Europe for World Heart Day 2017

Coupling the power of our hearts with the power of World Walking seemed like such an obvious thing to do to mark World Heart Day 2017.

World Walking is the free website/app, inspired by the Inverclyde Globetrotters, one of the Inverclyde Leisure Trust’s exercise classes at the Waterfront Gym in Greenock, Scotland which initially served as a Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation class.

Created simply to motivate people to walk more, World Walking allows you to use the distances you walk in the real world to complete virtual walks to some of the world’s most wonderful places.  Since it was launched in October 2013 World Walking’s 23,300 users have clocked up more than 13 billion steps (5.6 million miles).

Getting started was as simple as a walk in the park.  On 2 August 2017, we created a ‘World Heart Day 2017’ group on World Walking and selected ‘Walk Europe’ from the 150 virtual walks available as our walking challenge.  We thought that if we could complete this 4,750 kilometer walk from Istanbul in Turkey to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain for World Heart Day 2017 it would be quite something.

We approached a number of people and groups we thought might be up for the challenge and were delighted by the response.

Fifteen individuals took part including:

  • Professor Gill Furze; Past President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation; and 
  • Dr Andrew Murray; former Physical Activity Champion at the Scottish Government.

Nine groups also took part:

The cardiac rehabilitation services of four National Health Service Boards: 

  • NHS Forth Valley; 
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; 
  • NHS Highland and 
  • NHS Lanarkshire.

Three community-based groups affiliated to Scottish Charity, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland:

  • The walking section of the Stirling Healthy Heart Club; 
  • The Inverclyde Globetrotters; and 
  • The Killie Heartmates.

Three groups based in Inverclyde:

  • An Inverclyde Leisure Trust Live Active group set up in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde to assist individuals lead more physically active lifestyles; 
  • Hillend Day Care Centre which supports vulnerable older people ; and 
  • Clyde Activity Bikes; a local company set up by a former cardiac rehabilitation patient to provide opportunities for people to help reduce the risk of health problems through cycling.

Here's what a hospital cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist said about our 'Walk Europe' challenge:

"It’s been a fantastic response and effort from all. I’ve got cardiac rehabilitation patients in their 80’s clocking up 20 -30,000 steps weekly and 2 in their 70’s hitting 80-90,000 weekly.

I  can‘t believe how well the patients and cardiac rehabilitation staff have responded. The sense of community that has developed  between our cardiac patients and staff is wonderful. W​e’re loving every step"

By the time World Heart Day came around on 29 September 2017 those taking part in this World Heart Day 2017 event had walked across Europe not once but six times.  The total distance walked to promote World Heart Day 2017 was 19,000 miles/ 30,578 kilometers.

Had we known how good the response was going to be we would have chosen a longer route!

Encouraged by the good response to this spur of the moment idea we have decided to plan another event to mark World Heart Day 2018.

If you would like to get ready for our 2018 ‘challenge’ why not join World Walking and clock up some miles in over coming months.

Joining is easy; just log on to www.worldwalking.org and help get the world walking.

Contact Details:

Duncan Galbraith

World Walking

Email: [email protected].org

Groups, schools and individuals from across Inverclyde have celebrated the successful completion of the Inverclyde Million Mile Challenge; the first community challenge of its kind in Scotland.

This unique Challenge was launched by Provost Robert Moran on 11 August 2016 as part of an Inverclyde drive to encourage more people to be more active.

The Million Miles Challenge was open to anyone no matter how young, old or fit they were.  From August 2016 to June 2017 schools, fitness groups, walking clubs, golf clubs and a range of other community groups and organisations used World Walking, inspired in Inverclyde, to log their miles.

By the end of the challenge an amazing total of 1,061,810 miles had been clocked up.

Maureen O’Neill Craig, Health Improvement Lead at the Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership said:

“It’s a fantastic achievement that the people of Inverclyde exceeded the ambitious Million Miles target. This challenge is a great example of what can be achieved through working in partnership to get people more physically active which is essential for good health.” 

Partners involved

The Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge was funded equally by Awards for All Scotland and Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership.

The principle partners involved in this successful project which was an excellent example of local collaboration partnership in action were:

  • CVS Inverclyde
  • Inverclyde Council
  • Inverclyde Globetrotters
  • Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Inverclyde Leisure
  • World Walking

The Result

You can see the final results of the Challenge click at: https://worldwalking.org/millionmiles

World Walking's very good friend, Maurice Donohue is passionate about two things; helping to tackle dementia and sport, particularly encouraging people to take part in his first love of distance running. 

He is also a proud resident of West Dunbartonshire and its sporting heritage, including the achievements of local sporting heroes Lachie Stewart (1970 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner of the 10,000 metres) and Jackie Stewart ( Three times Formula 1 Champion).

To help support the fight against dementia and celebrate the part that sport can play in this battle, Maurice created and completed the challenge in partnership with two charities, Sporting Memories and Race Against Dementia, which would involve running a 10 kilometers a day for 365 consecutive days to:

• Encourage physical participation
• Raise awareness of the fight against dementia and to reduce stigma.

You too can play a part in raising the profile of dementia as well as being active.

Thank You and Remember...........Keeeeeeeep Walking!

PS Check out Maurice's collaborative work with Sporting Memories and Bellshill Academy using World Walking on our 'Walks' page (Bellshill and North Lanarkshire Sporting Memories walks)

Photo by kind permission of Steven Tee - LAT IMAGES.

World Heart Day 2017 is on Friday 29 September 2017.

Help World Walking celebrate this day and by joining our World Heart Day 2017 group and walk across Europe to help inspire people to be heart healthy.

Here is the link to the group: https://worldwalking.org/groups/4ppmw

Taking part is easy:

  1. Register to join World Walking if you haven't already created your free account, or login if you are already a world walker.
  2. Search for and join the World Heart Day 2017 group via the World Walking 'Groups' page. You can find it by entering worldheartday2017 in the search box
  3. Start the group walk - Walk Europe - which you can do by clicking on your ‘My Walks’ page where you will see this group walk is available for you to start.
  4. Start walking and adding your steps/miles/kilometers.

Simple as a walk in the park.

We are looking forward to having your company on the walk.

PS Any questions, please contact: [email protected]

Thank You and Happy Walking

Best Wishes

Duncan 

World Walking



World Walking is proud to call Scotland it's home and we enjoy using our platform to help showcase the best our country has to offer at the same time as doing what we can to help get Scotland (and the world) walking.

It just so happens that 2017 is Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and ArchaeologyWe're delighted to have been given the opportunity of collaborating with Historic Environment Scotland to help promote this unique year-long celebration of our country's rich culture.

Thanks to Historic Environment Scotland's help, you can now enjoy exploring some of the historic highlights of Dumfries & Galloway. As we'll shortly be piloting the use of World Walking in a small number of primary schools in partnership with NHS Dumfries & Galloway we thought this beautiful region of Scotland would be a good place to start. We're hoping to add more virtual historic walks around our wonderful country as 2017 unfolds.

Our new Dumfries & Galloway route takes you a 115 mile walk that takes in 9 historic sites across the region: Caerlaverock Castle, Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey Corn Mill, Threave Castle, Dundrennan Castle, McLellan's Castle, Cardoness Castle, Glenluce Abbey and Whithorn Priory and Museum.

The team at Historic Environment Scotland has been terrific, especially Marketing Executive, Aimee Bertram, who has provided descriptions for each milestone along the walk as well as arranging for us to be granted permission to use Historic Environment Scotland images to make the walk come alive. Thanks Aimee - you're a star!

Enjoy exploring more of Scotland with World Walking thanks to Historic Environment Scotland.

The Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge is open to everyone in Inverclyde, including all schools. 

We are delighted that the organisers of the Challenge choose to use World Walking to collect and collate the miles being clocked up by those taking part.

World Walking allows you to use the distances you walk in the real world to complete imaginary (virtual) walks ranging from city tours to worldwide journeys. We have over 100 virtual walks to choose from, including an epic 8,000 mile walk from Scotland to Malawi which we hope might appeal to the many schools in Scotland which have links with Malawi through the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

World Walking's many features include:

  • Everyone’s welcome: Go it alone or create your own group - easily!  
  • Easy to use: Create your own unique login.
  • Track your progress:  Anytime you wish.  See what milestones you’ve reached, how many steps you’ve taken.  World Walking app users can even find out how high they’ve climbed!
  • See the world:  There are hundreds of the world’s most amazing places to visit with World Walking.  See where you are using the built-in Google Street View.
  • Gain awards:  There are 20 Awards to unlock!  The more you walk, the more you receive.

If you would like your school to take part in the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge, please use the special Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge landing page which we've created to register (if you are new to World Walking) or login (if you have already created an account on World Walking). You will find the landing page at: worldwalking.org/millionmiles  

The landing page contains a short video about the Million Miles Challenge.

Once you have registered or logged in using the landing page all of the distances you subsequently add to World Walking will be included automatically in the live total displayed on the landing page of the miles walked by all the individuals and groups taking part in the Challenge.

Although you do not need to do so, it's a good idea to use the Quick Links on the landing page to:

  • Create a group for your school
  • Search for other groups taking part in the Million Miles Challenge
  • Start a new walk for your group
  • Add (bank) the distances which your pupils and staff walk
  • Use (spend) the distances you bank to complete the walk which your school has chosen to do from the range available on World Walking.

Apart from anything else, it will let you see at a glance how many miles have been walked by everyone taking part in the Challenge.

Once you have registered to take part in the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge there are a few simple steps you need to follow. Here they are along with some helpful tips.

Step 1: Create a group for your school using the Quick Link on the landing page titled - "Create a Group"

You can set up your group so that teachers in your school can join it or set it up so that they need to be invited to join. 

Helpful tips:

  • The easiest way is probably to set up so that anyone can join it. You can always edit your group details later, once everyone who needs to join it from your school has joined the group, and change the group's status so that people have to be invited to join your group. 
  • When you are creating your group you might want to enter a 'group keyword' to make it easy to search for your group on World Walking

Step 2: Start a walk for your group using the Quick Link on the landing page titled - "Start a new walk"

Step 3: Ask your colleagues to:

  1. Register to use World Walking using the landing page to register (or login if they already have a World Walking account).
  2. Join your school's group
  3. Start your group's walk

Helpful tips:

  • World Walking allows users to enter an optional display name will be shown in place of their full name on the website. Teachers may wish to enter a display name which describes their class e.g. Miss Turner's Trailblazers or Primary 3.
  • Search for the group that has been set up for your school using the Quick Link on the landing page for 'Search 'millionmiles' groups' and entering the 'group keyword' in the 'search' box. To join the group, just click the 'Join this group' button.
  • To start your school's chosen walk your colleagues should just click on 'My Groups', then click on 'Our Walks'. They will see a message which says that they not part of this walk yet and an invitation to join now which they just need to click.

Adding the distances you walk

To log the distance you have walked to help complete your chosen virtual walk you need to deposit your distance in your World Walking 'bank' and then 'spend' the distance you have 'banked' on your walk. 

We have included a Quick Link on the landing page for you to use to 'Add your distance (bank)'.  

You can 'spend' the distance you have 'banked' anytime. You will find another Quick Link on the landing page labelled 'Spend distance on a walk' which allows you to do that.

Editing your group details

To edit your group details e.g. to change the status of your group to 'invite only', open your 'group' page and then click on the down arrow at the right hand side of the menu bar on your group page.

Select the 'edit group' option from the short drop down menu that appears.

Setting your default unit of distance

With World Walking users can enter their distances in steps, kilometers or miles.

To help users enter their distance correctly they can set a default unit of distance. To do this click on  'settings' on the menu or your dashboard (user's home page) and select the value you prefer to use when entering the distance you walk e.g. miles if your school is doing the Daily Mile.

The Inverclyde Globetrotters, a few of whom are 80 years young, met again today at Inverclyde Leisure's Waterfront Gym as part  of the Live Exercise Exercise Referral Scheme.

This week they clocked up 642 miles. An excellent week.

It's almost 9 years to the day since the group set off to walk round the world with nothing but a £3.99 map of the world and a box of pedometers kindly donated by the cardiac rehabilitation team at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Today the group walked (smashed!) through the 400 MILLION steps mark and with that clocked up more than 170,000 miles on their virtual travels around the world which have taken them to over 100 countries around the globe and all without ever leaving Greenock.

They are currently walking across the Atlantic Ocean, not for the first time, because you can do that in our wonderful world of virtual walking. Their goal is Rio which they intend to reach before the end of the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge in June 2017. 

World Walking is proud to be supporting Inverclyde's unique Million Miles Challenge which is open to everyone, no matter how young, old or fit you are which, to date, has clocked up over 450,000 miles.  To find out more about the Challenge just click on: https://vimeo.com/177253203

If you would like to use World Walking to support your own community-wide challenge, please get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you.


At World Walking we’re always on the lookout for ideas for new walks.  

For a while now we’ve had the idea of a creating a walk from Scotland to Malawi at the back of our minds but never quite got round to it.

But thanks to an approach from Ailie Grant, class teacher at Kilmacolm Primary School, and help from Emily Mnyayi, Youth and Schools Officer, at the Scotland Malawi Partnership in Edinburgh, we’re delighted to say we’ve got round to it in time to help get 2017 off on the right foot.

Scotland's connections with Malawi began with Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, over 150 years ago.

Today, through the Scotland Malawi Partnership, over 200 Scottish schools have active links with schools in Malawi or learn about Malawi as part of their curriculum.  Kilmacolm Primary School is one of them and in Autumn 2016 Ailie and her young world walkers at the school decided to take on the Daily Mile Challenge to help them reach the their sister school in Phinda in Malawi.

The School will also be feeding their miles into the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge which uses World Walking to log all distances.

Ailie’s approach was exactly the push we needed to get cracking. We were delighted when Emily liked the idea and kindly shared some Scottish Malawi Partnership images for us to use to help us create the walk.

We’re hoping that this new route will appeal to the Scottish schools with links with schools in Malawi (and others) and motivate them to take up the challenge of walking all the way from Scotland to Malawi.  In doing so, we hope the initiative will:

  • build on the long-standing links between the two countries;
  • help ingrain the attitudes, skills and behaviours for lifelong physical activity and health; and
  • develop the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world and their place in it

Good luck Kilmacolm Primary School and thanks Ailie and Emily for helping make this happen.

If you have an idea for a new route which you'd like to consider please don't hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.