This month long campaign saw people throughout Ontario make healthier choices by choosing walking as an alternative form of transportation. Thank you for making the switch towards a more active lifestyle this Walktober Month!
From October 1 – 31, 438 participants walked and logged over 86,779,000 steps (YES THAT’S MILLIONS!), 69,829 kilomtres and saved over 9,300 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions. A total of 1,159 virtual medals were awarded to Active Switch users for meeting the Walktober step goals.
Congratulations to the following winners for winning the Walktober Month prizes:
Scott Spencer (Dufferin County Staff) – $50 Tim Hortons Gift Card
Kaitlin Burnside (Peterborough Public Health) – $100 Best Buy Gift Card.
Alexandra Mailloux (Town of Tecumseh Staff) – $200 Walmart Gift Card.
Linda Gluck (Confederation College) – $300 Amazon Gift Card.
Click here to read their testimonials.
Meet the winners!
As an avid runner, walker and now cyclist, Scott’s natural reaction to Walktober Month was to challenge himself to walk more in the month of October. It was simply a natural fit to his already active lifestyle.
“Running has always been in my life, walking at work is a constant and cycling is fairly new which I am now enjoying, and it’s a nice way to arrive at work.”
When asked what he likes about the Active Switch program, Scott admits “I like seeing my personal progress and stats that I have accomplished by logging my activity online including kilometres reduced, calories burned and greenhouse gas emissions saved.”
Scott shares the following advice for anyone who is thinking about signing up for Active Switch and may need a little motivation to get up, get active, and log their activity: “Start with small goals first and then increase them as you achieve them. Don’t do too much too early and make sure to enjoy every minute.”
Meet Alex from the Town of Tecumseh whose passion for walking took her to new heights this Walktober Month.
“I heard about the campaign through the Wellness Committee at my workplace and since my favourite way to stay active is to go for walks, I decided to step-it-up this October.”
Alex had a few tricks up her sleeve when challenged to earn her Walktober Medals so that she can be entered to win up to four great prizes. She walked and logged over 80,000 steps on Active Switch by hiking Mount Royal Park in Montréal, taking evening walks by the river, walking to the store rather than driving and most importantly, enjoying the vibrant colours the Fall season had to offer.
“I love that the Active Switch Program gives me a boost of motivation to move more. Completing or surpassing my weekly goal is always a good feeling.”
When asked what advice Alex would give to others who may be trying to incorporate more activity into their daily lifestyle, Alex enthusiastically responds:
“Choose activities that you love, it will help tremendously motivating you to get active. Consider starting simple like taking the long route to your favourite store in the mall or parking at the farthest end of the parking lot at the grocery store.”
This October, Confederation College promoted Walktober Month and encouraged faculty, staff and students to walk as often as possible and log their activity on the Active Switch online tool for a chance to win great prizes.
As an avid walker, Linda took this opportunity to get active with her colleagues and insert some friendly competition into her daily work day.
Here’s what Linda enjoys about the Active Switch program: “Participating with my collogues and keeping track of my progress and goals on Active Switch kept me motivated to do more. I also found that I was becoming even more competitive when I saw others involved.”
Linda walked and logged over 100,000 steps in the month of October to earn all four Walktober Medal.
“I love walking and hiking. It gives me time to reflect and unwind from my day. Walking with my coworkers also allows me time to catch up with what is happening in our work community by having mini meetings while walking!”
And when asked what kind of advice she would provide to others looking to get more active, Linda simply says: “Just do it! You will feel more refreshed and energized!”