Get on the move

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By The Staff

The local YMCA hopes that they can inspire Los Alamos residents to get on their feet this weekend to kick off America on the Move Week.

America on the Move Week will be held Saturday through Sept. 27, with a goal to surpass the number of footsteps participants logged in 2007 by 20 million.

“All you have to do to participate in this event is come into the YMCA or the Teen Center in Espaola and sign up to participate and you’ll receive a free pedometer,” said Melanie Chapman, YMCA fitness director.

Los Alamos Medical Center is the sponsor of the event and Chapman hopes with their help to reach this year’s goal.

“The Family YMCA’s goal this year is 27 million steps. This will contribute to the national YMCA’s goal of 10 billion steps,” Chapman said.

Last year’s goal of 7 million steps was bypassed by far, with 24,164,679 steps, for 650 participants.

This year, the local YMCA, along with the Teen Center in Espaola, will distribute 1,500 pedometers. The YMCA is holding a local team challenge looking for teams of 10 members, while at the same time issuing an inter-departmental challenge to fellow staff members.

Administrators along with the staff at the fitness and teen centers will be pitted against childcare, maintenance and membership staff in a battle of the fittest for every step, shuffle and slide of the pedometer click.

To learn more about local YMCA activities, check out www.laymca.org or get more information about America on the Move week at www.americaonthemove.org. To register, visit the Los Alamos YMCA or Espaola Teen Center for step logs and supplies. Also make sure to report those miles and meters back to the registration location on or before Oct. 6. All YMCA staff members are happy to field questions at 662-3100.