By Lauren Kollauf on Monday, August 3, 2020


10 tips to engage your team on Oct. 7

Since the first Healthiest State Annual Walk in 2011, the goal of the event has always been to encourage Iowans to work (and walk!) together to make our state healthier. That's why in celebration of the 10th Annual Walk, we are asking Iowans to "Team Up for 10" and register a walk on October 7. Register a walk here!

WALK RESOURCES: Communication templates, flyers, social media posts + more! 

However, due to COVID-19, we know that your "team" may look a little different this year. Maybe it is smaller or virtual. Maybe you walk with members of your household instead of with co-workers or friends. However you choose to walk on October 7, we hope you still embrace the spirit of teamwork it takes to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.

After you register your team to walk, here are 10 tips to Team Up for 10 on October 7:

1. Track walkers virtually

If your workplace, school or community is not able to gather in large groups this year – consider tracking your team virtually! Consider using an internal method or a simple online tool like Google Forms. 

2. Reward your team

Motivate your team to walk with a reward. It could be an extra hour of PTO, a healthy lunch, refillable water bottle or something specific to your organization. Get creative! 

3. Cheer on your team 

Every team needs a good cheering section! Set up signs along the route to motivate your team to walk. Your signs could also feature fun facts about walking and its health benefits.

4. Set a goal

Set a goal for your team and crush it together! Maybe its number of walkers who participate, distance walked or minutes logged. You could also generate friendly competition between classrooms, workplace departments or neighborhoods using your goals.

5. Order T-shirts

The Healthiest State Initiative unveiled a new logo and T-shirt design to celebrate the 10th Annual Walk. Order T-shirts for your team to unite everyone. Order here. Last day to order is September 18.

6. Check-in with your team

Let your team know that they have your support and encouragement! Check in with them in the days leading up to the walk and follow-up with them on October 7 to make sure they logged 30 minutes.

7. Inspire and motivate 

Give your team a reason to walk. Walking has many benefits including supporting our physical, mental, social and emotional health. Share our Top 10 Reasons to Walk with them.

8. Keep walking... 

Don't just walk on October 7 – walk with us all month long. Share our "Walk with us in October" calendar with your team and track your progress together.

9. Post walking routes

Walking the same route can get boring. Determine the best walking routes in your neighborhood or around your office or school. Indicate the length of each route in time and mileage. You can post them to the bulletin board or send them virtually via the organization intranet or by creating a custom Google Map.

10. Keep the momentum going 

The 10th Annual Walk serves as a kick-off to Healthiest State Month, happening throughout October, encouraging Iowans to practice the 5-2-1-0 healthy habits and reminding them that “Healthy Choices Count!” Learn more about the program and plan activities for each week using our 5-2-1-0 toolkits, available for schools, workplaces and communities here.

10th Annual Walk Resources

walkLooking for more ways to engage and communicate with your team? Check out the Annual Walk Resources page for virtual toolkits including social media messages, communication templates, customizable posters and more!