Walk. It’s active. It’s movement. It’s an invitation to get up, get out, and explore the community in which we live.

Cabarrus. It’s our county. It’s Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mount Pleasant. It’s the local park, the downtown street, the place where you walk your dog every day. It’s home.

Combine the two and you have Walk Cabarrus—a healthy walking initiative created by Children WIN, the county’s local childhood obesity prevention collaborative, in partnership with Move Your Way. Cabarrus County is one of a select few communities chosen to participate in this nationwide pilot test program, whose intention is to promote the recommendations from the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Our main goal is to encourage Cabarrus County residents to become more active through walking, and we plan to reach that goal in a number of ways.

We’ll engage 1,000 new walkers. These are the people who want to be active but don’t know where to start. We’ll help them start, providing the resources and encouragement they need to become regular walkers.

We’ll partner with local programs and facilities. If you’re new to walking or just tired of your usual routine, you can visit any of our partner locations for a change of scenery. At these locations, you’ll find designated walking areas, activities, programs, and most importantly, a community of active individuals just like you.

We’ll reach 1 billion steps as a community. We won’t deny that 1,000,000,000 is a large number (just look at all those zeros), but we believe in the citizens of Cabarrus County. If we can come together and work toward one common goal, we can conquer any challenge—including 1 billion steps. But it’s going to take everyone: adults, children, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities. We want to count every single step and get each one logged.


In order to do this, we’re asking individuals, businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and more to pre-register. Starting on March 14, 2020, you’ll be able to log steps individually or as a group. For anyone who does not have the means to track their steps through a device (smart phone, smart watch, FitBit, etc.), a step calculator can be found on the Walk Cabarrus website. This will allow you to enter the miles you have walked and convert them into steps toward our goal.

Becoming a Walk Cabarrus participant is easy. All you have to do is follow four simple steps.

Step One: Pre-register right now. You can pre-register as an individual and then create/join a group. Groups can track their steps collectively to reach collective goals.

Step Two: Invite others to join you. We need everyone in Cabarrus County walking, so bring your friends and family with you wherever you go and count your steps.

Step Three: Get out and get walking! Visit our website for suggested locations and activities within Cabarrus County.

Step Four: Log your steps on our website starting March 14, 2020, check in on our community total, and watch us hit 1 billion steps.

Childhood obesity is an increasing trend in many communities, including Cabarrus County. When the work began, approximately 34% of Cabarrus County residents ages 0-18 years were overweight or obese. Recognizing the potential impact of such a trend, Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast commissioned development of a plan of action to study and make suggestions for changing this trend. With the help of professors from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health, an action plan was developed and presented that outlined general suggestions for addressing the problem.