“PUMP” – For a Million Steps – Spain
The programme “For a Million Steps” is an effective intervention to promote physical activity. The goal is to promote group walks with the slogan ‘Accept the challenge “would you be able to achieve a million steps in a month with the steps contributed by all the individual participants?” Any institution, group or (formal or informal) association of individuals can freely participate (many are from local governments, health care centres, schools, nursing houses, workplaces etc.). They may register at the official platform, where all the needed information is explained. The group walks can take place anywhere (e.g. urban areas or countryside) at any time; they are self-programmed by each group. It has a strong social component that enhances community involvement and social support and the practice may easily encompass other health promotion activities. It has been implemented since 2008 in Andalusia, Spain, and it is still ongoing. Each year, at the local level, nearly 150 municipalities and 100 associations participate, signifying more than 23000 individuals. The Regional Ministry of Health gives support to the general diffusion of the practice. Local health promotion professionals also provide direct personal support and help encompassing the practice in the framework of all the other health promotion activities. Due to the inexpensive nature of the intervention, its continuation is well assured and even new modalities of the practice are arising. The practice simplicity, high transferability and possible adaptation to any local context make easy an eventual scaling up.
Additional information: http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/salud/porunmillondepasos
(last accessed in March 2017)
Life Cycle Stages: Older People (>65 yrs) | Seniors (>75 yrs) | The Young Old (50-65 yrs) | Work Life |
Main Settings: community | healthcare services |
Specific Topics: physical activity | social inclusion |