August 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm EDT | by Advertorial
Join Mayor Bowser for the FitDC Billion Steps Challenge


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‘This initiative will educate, encourage and challenge our residents to own their personal health and wellness,’ said Mayor Bowser. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

FitDC is a citywide initiative to encourage DC residents to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles. FitDC was launched on April 11 by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Brenda Donald, the Director of the DC Department of Health (DOH), Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt and the Acting Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Keith A. Anderson.

“This initiative will educate, encourage and challenge our residents to own their personal health and wellness knowing there are resources and programs in their city offering support along the way,” said Mayor Bowser.

To help motivate residents to get active, Mayor Bowser is hosting Ward Walks as part of the FitDC Billion Steps Challenge. A 1.5-mile Ward Walk will be held in each ward of the city anchored by local recreation centers as a way to highlight local resources available to residents interested in reducing stress, losing weight and getting involved in their community through exercise.

The FitDC Coaches, representing each ward of the District as well as a senior and youth coach, were also announced. FitDC Coaches will work to encourage and motivate DC residents to get out, move more and make healthier choices. This diverse group of coaches includes fitness and health experts as well as individuals with personal fitness goals. FitDC Coaches will help plan and co-lead Ward Walks and serve as role models for DC residents around health and wellness.

Participate in an upcoming Ward Walk, and log your steps as part of the Billion Steps Challenge. The next Ward Walk is Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Rosedale Community Center at 9 a.m. Check for details on additional Ward Walks and other fitness events.

Whether walking to work or school, running, or completing other activities, FitDC’s Steps Conversion Chart will show you how many steps you’ve taken. You can log your steps with a text, a tweet, or by visiting Here’s how:

Text It: Text the following to 202-759-0470: [Your number of steps taken] in #Ward[Your Ward number]. For example: “6,500 steps in #Ward6.” Your steps will be recorded automatically!

Tweet It: Send a Tweet to @MyFitDC with the following format: “I walked [your number of steps taken] steps #Ward[Your Ward number] #BillionStepsChallenge @MyFitDC”

For example: “I walked 6,500 steps in Ward 6 #BillionStepsChallenge @MyFitDC”

Be sure to tag @MyFitDC and use the hashtag #BillionStepsChallenge.

Track It: Visit on your computer or phone and log your mileage.

DC residents have already logged more than 5.5 million steps! Right now, Ward 2 is in the lead with more than 1.5 million steps. In second place, Mayor Bowser’s very own Ward 4 is nearing 1 million. See how your Ward measures up and do your part: log your steps and challenge your friends and family to do the same.

FitDC, is a joint initiative by DOH and DPR. For more information about FitDC, visit Also follow/like on Twitter and Facebook at MyFitDC.

1 Comment
  • How about keeping people healthy by keeping them safe from violent crime, Madame Mayor? And how about stopping the 36% surge of murders in DC?

    From the mayor that has stripped MPD GLLU of service to LGBTQs– this is just more hypocrisy. Then there is the homophobic crime coverups in her police department. Has the perp in that gay slashing assault in Shaw last month been caught?

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