Lorain County Walks FAQs

Q: Can I count steps on a treadmill?
Q: Can I participate alone or do I have to have a team?
Q: Can kids participate in Lorain County Walks?
Q: Do I have to walk in a certain place at a certain time?
Q: How do I purchase a pedometer?
Q: How do I register a team?
Q: How do I register multiple teams? Ex: classrooms, different departments within a business, etc.
Q: How do I start a walking team?
Q: I am the head of Human Resources and need an employee wellness program. Will Lorain County Walks work for us?
Q: I have some health problems, can I still join the walk?
Q: Who can participate?

Q: Can I count steps on a treadmill?
A: Yes, you can count steps on a treadmill. However, sometimes your pedometer will not register since there is less impact on a treadmill. Keep track of your miles walked on the treadmill's control panel and translate it into steps. There are about 2,000 steps in one mile.

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Q: Can I participate alone or do I have to have a team?
A: You can register as an individual or you can get together a group of people to make up a team. It's up to you. Some people like the support and encouragement of their team to keep them motivated, while others prefer doing their own thing.

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Q: Can kids participate in Lorain County Walks?
A: We encourage people of any age to participate in this walking program! Kids need an hour of physical activity a day and walking together as a family or at school is a great way to do that. Kids love using the pedometers and seeing how far they can walk. Adding up steps, following maps, and setting goals are all important skills that are learned along the way with Lorain County Walks. Lorain County Walks is also used in classrooms throughout the county to get kids active and teach math and mapping skills.

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Q: Do I have to walk in a certain place at a certain time?
A: With Lorain County Walks you walk on your own time, at your own pace, wherever you wish. All of the steps you take in a day count, so you are logging steps at work, home, and everywhere in between. If you are a part of a team, you can schedule times during the week to meet and walk together. This gives you a chance to socialize and stay motivated.

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Q: How do I purchase a pedometer?
A: You can get pedometers at many retail locations (such as sporting goods stores) or, the Lorain County General Health District has them available for $10.00. The Health District pedometers are digital pedometers with safety straps that count steps-only and run on a watch battery. They are made by Walk 4 Life. Pedometers can be purchased at the Health District office at 9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd. Elyria, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Or can be shipped to your home for an additional $1.50. For more information call 440-322-6367.

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Q: How do I register a team?
A: How to Register a Team 1.Go to walks.livehealthyloraincounty.com 2.Click on "click here to sign up today" 3.Register yourself first, you will be instructed how to create the team later 4.The form will ask for a team name, go ahead and enter that now, but do not enter a password yet - you will be asked to do this later 5.Click on "create/join a walking team" , and fill out the information 6.Click submit when finished 7.Now you will be able to invite others by entering their email addresses and a message from you 8.An email message inviting them to join the team will be sent to them. The message will include the team name and pass code. 9.The invited team members will need to register and enter the team name and pass code to join the team.

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Q: How do I register multiple teams? Ex: classrooms, different departments within a business, etc.
A: How to Register Your First Team 1.Go to walks.livehealthyloraincounty.com 2.Click on "click here to sign up today" 3.Register yourself first, you will be instructed how to create the team later 4.The form will ask for a team name, go ahead and enter that now, but do not enter a password yet - you will be asked to do this later 5.Click on "create/join a walking team" , and fill out the information 6.Click submit when finished 7.Now you will be able to invite others by entering their email addresses and a message from you 8.An email message inviting them to join the team will be sent to them. The message will include the team name and pass code. 9.The invited team members will need to register and enter the team name and pass code to join the team. Now register multiple teams: 1.Follow the instructions above to register yourself first; your name and contact information can stay the same 2.You'll need to use a different password for yourself and use a new team name and pass code for each team you create: BE SURE TO WRITE DOWN THE PASSWORD, TEAM NAME AND TEAM PASS CODE YOU USE FOR EACH TEAM YOU CREATE, this will avoid confusion. After you have finished creating one team, exit the site, then log in again to create the next team. 3.You can create as many teams as you would like. 4.When you log in to view a team, you can use the same email address, the password you enter will determine which team you will view. 5.If you have any questions you can contact us at 440-322-6367.

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Q: How do I start a walking team?
A: Gather up any friends, family, co-workers, church members, and neighbors you can to start. You can send them an email invitation through our site or have them register with the team name and password you select as the team captain.

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Q: I am the head of Human Resources and need an employee wellness program. Will Lorain County Walks work for us?
A: Lorain County Walks is a great way to get your employees moving, but is not an entire, multi-faceted wellness program. It can be an important piece in developing a complete wellness program and can compliment programs and initiatives you currently have in place. It is low cost and easy to manage. You can have multiple teams and see who is logging steps, all at no cost. Contact a Health Education Specialist at LCGHD for more information regarding employee wellness.

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Q: I have some health problems, can I still join the walk?
A: Always check with your physician before starting any exercise program. They will know if it is safe for you to exercise and guide you with how to get started. As always,use common sense and be careful.

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Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone can join Lorain County Walks. People of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join.

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