Welcome to Activate Elgin

51,259,418 steps walked so far! The challenge ends soon so keep logging those steps and activities!

April 6 – May 18 – Mayor’s Walking Challenge: 210,000,000 Steps or More

This year, Mayor David Kaptain and Activate Elgin want to get the Elgin community Walking. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that is easy, free and available to everyone – here is why walking rocks.

  • Walking strengthens your heart
  • Walking lowers disease risk
  • Walking helps you lose weight
  • Walking prevents dementia
  • Walking tones legs, bums and tums
  • Walking boosts vitamin D
  • Walking gives you energy
  • Walking makes you happy

Mayor Kaptain’s Walking Challenge begins on April 6, National Walking Day and will take us through a tour of the National Parks. Whether you live, work or play in Elgin, the Mayor is looking for 1,000 or more people to join him to walk a cumulative 210,000,000 steps or more. This calculates to 5 days a week at @ 7000 steps per day.  The average person walks between 900 and 3000 steps a day.  Set a challenging and realistic goal for yourself.

Get a team together to support your walking efforts- your neighborhood friends, a team of your co-workers, family, church, businesses, dogs and walk!! Have a friendly competition between your walking groups!!

The Challenge ends on May 18, National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Once you register at www.activateelgin.walkertracker.com you can create teams to compete against each other, record your steps and track your progress.

Step it up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities promotes the increase of walking by working together to increase access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and to create a culture that supports walking for all Americans.

All together now, Lets Step It Up, Elgin! It’s Good for the Mind, Body and Soul!

Desafío de caminata del Alcalde: 210,000,000 pasos de más

6 de abril – 19 de mayo

Este año el alcalde David Kaptain y Activate Elgin quieren que la comunidad de Elgin salga a caminar.

Caminar Desafío del Alcalde Kaptain comienza el 6 de abril , Día Nacional de la Caminata y nos llevará a través de un recorrido por los Parques Nacionales . Si usted vive, trabaja o juego en Elgin , el Alcalde está buscando a 1.000 o más personas se unan a él para caminar unos pasos acumulativos 210.000.000 o más . Esto calcula a 5 días a la semana en @ 7000 pasos por día . La persona promedio camina entre 900 y 3.000 pasos al día . Establecer una meta desafiante y realista para usted mismo.

Obtener un equipo para apoyar su caminar esfuerzos- su vecindario amigos , un grupo de sus compañeros de trabajo , familia, iglesia , las empresas, los perros y caminar. Tener una competencia amistosa entre los grupos para caminar.

El desafío termina el 18 de mayo , Nacional de Salud de los empleados y Día de la Salud . Una vez que se registre en http://www.activateelgin.walkertracker.com puede crear equipos para competir uno contra el otro , grabar sus pasos y hacer un seguimiento de su progreso .

Our Mission

Activate Elgin is a city-wide initiative to engage all sectors of the community to work in harmony providing all residents with opportunities to improve their health, well-being and overall quality of life.

Our History

Activate Elgin began in 2006. We partner with community groups in a wide variety of health promotions and activities including the creation of educational health materials, wellness projects within Elgin schools, Healthy Kid’s Day, and Walk with the Mayor. Another initiative we undertook was to provide support for 35 mini-grants to various community organizations and businesses to help create programs and services to make Elgin a healthier community.

Our signature event is March into Health, a month-long offering of events, activities and educational sessions put on by our partner organizations – all focused on helping our local residents adopt healthier lifestyles.