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Diabetes UK Northern Ireland invites people to sign up to summer steps challenge

People in Northern Ireland are being invited to step it up this summer and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

The One Million Step Challenge is ideal for anyone who rediscovered their love of walking in the great outdoors during the pandemic, or anyone looking for a way to get more active as lockdown restrictions are eased.

The challenge is simple – you take one million steps over the course of three months and get sponsored for every stride.

You do not have to limit yourself to walking to complete the challenge. You could choose to jog, or even dance the steps away. But whichever way you choose to move, you will need to take around 10,000 steps a day from 1 July to reach your million-step goal.

This year’s challenge features two other options. There is the half-a-million step challenge, perfect for those short on time or for anyone who may find taking 10,000 steps a day difficult. And there’s the longer 1.7 million step challenge, for those who really want to push themselves this summer.

Tina McCrossan, National Director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said: “Walking is a fantastic way to help you get fit and to reduce stress, so the One Million Step Challenge is perfect if you want to take steps towards a healthier you. You can take on the challenge alone, or better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. How you complete your steps is up to you. The money you raise while you do it will fund our fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

There are over 104,000 people living in Northern Ireland with diabetes − a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed carefully, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes.

Registration for the One Million Step Challenge is free and you can take on your steps wherever you like, from your local park to your living room. Anyone who signs up will get a Million Steps profile page where they can log their steps and track their fundraising. You can use a fitness tracker, such as a Fitbit device, to track your steps, and they will be automatically added to your profile page. Alternatively, you can use your phone or pedometer to track them and upload your steps manually.

The challenge runs for 92 days, ending on 30 September 2021.

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