A Journey of 100 Miles Begins with Multiple Partners


Alabama joins with local health officials, outdoor recreation advocates, an insurance company, and other partners to boost physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.

 The feet of three people wearing hiking boots walking on an outdoor trail

May 24, 2019

Thirty-six percent of Alabama’s residents have obesity—the fifth highest rate in the country. To help Alabamians get more active, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has partnered with several organizations to sponsor the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge—a statewide program designed to inspire people to walk, run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, ride, or roll 100 miles annually. Since the program’s launch in May 2018, about 2,400 participants have already logged more than 75,000 miles.

Participants can join the challenge in their homes, gyms, or wherever they like, but the program encourages residents to get their miles in Alabama’s state parks and nature preserves. Alabamians can use the website to find trails, join teams, and log miles, all while earning electronic badges for milestones reached and places visited.

Partners are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, AARP, the Alabama Trails Foundation, the Lakeshore Foundation (advocates for people with disabilities), the Jefferson County Department of Health, the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, the Alabama Obesity Task Force, and the Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports. Together, ADPH and its partners designed the program to support public health while increasing recreational tourism and time spent outdoors.

For more information:

Laurie Eldridge-Auffant, Alabama Disability and Health Program Director

Alabama Department of Public Health

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