The Albion College campus wellness initiative is supporting October as National Walking Month by challenging the campus community to log more than 100,000,000 steps from Oct. 1-31.

President Donna Randall and college vice presidents led the kickoff event with a lap around the Elkin Isaac Track on Thursday, Oct. 1.

According to physical education professor Tom Johnson, members of the campus community will be encouraged to register online at www.albion.edu/wellness and log steps daily using a pedometer or best estimate. Everyone who completes the daily log will receive a prize. There is no charge to register and participate in the program.

"Walking is one of the easiest forms of physical activity," said Helen Habicht, a first-year student from Marshall who is coordinating the campaign along with Johnson and classmate Amanda Weaver of Marshall. "Nearly every place on the Albion campus is accessible in a 10-minute walk. Walking is an easy way to get exercise every day."

The goal of the program is to get 500 members of the college community to log at least 6,500 steps per day. If that goal is reached, the college community would log 100,750,000 steps duringthe 31 days of October.

Johnson said that while reaching 100,000,000 steps would be impressive he is hoping to encourage physical activity through the program.

"This is not about counting stepsevery day," Johnson said. "This is about changing behavior. We want people to become engaged to do some form of physical activity daily."