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Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), the region’s first dedicated centre protecting the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Abu Dhabi’s population by raising public and preventative healthcare awareness, has collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Prevention Society, Department of Community Development, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and fitness app STEPPI to launch an interactive challenge that aims to encourage individuals to collectively walk one billion steps by the time the 9th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress finishes in Abu Dhabi.

One Billion Steps Challenge

Aligned with ISPAH’s theme of ‘Making Every Move Count’, the ‘One Billion Steps Challenge’ will run from 23rd September till 26th October and bring together thousands of people across the wider local communities to help achieve the target, encouraging people to be more active. Users who participate will be in with a chance to win flight tickets to any destination in Europe or Asia with Etihad Airways by entering a draw.

As well as UAE residents and citizens, it will also aim to attract the participation of more than 1,000 visitors from around the world who will attend the 9th edition of the Congress, which will run from 23rd to 26th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The challenge is part of ADPHC’s ongoing efforts to promote physical activity and is fully aligned with the Government’s drive to foster a healthier lifestyle. 

People can download the free STEPPI app and track their progress, and a dedicated website with a live counter will display the accumulated steps taken. It will also include recommendations on different activities individuals can do to take as many steps as possible. At the same time, there will be an opportunity to win flight tickets with Etihad Airways.


His Excellency Matar Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, said: “The ‘One Billion Steps Challenge” is the latest initiative by Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre and one that reflects our vision towards a healthy and safe society for all.

“As Abu Dhabi prepares to host the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress in October, this is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to not only step up and get involved and take as many steps as possible through frequent exercise but also showcase to the world how active our communities are across the nation.

Whether it’s walking or running, every step will make a huge difference and requires a collective effort from individuals and organisations in the UAE, as well as hundreds of delegates and experts that will be attending the Congress to achieve our ambitious target of one billion steps. Physical activity is crucial to our health and wellbeing, and the ‘One Billion Steps Challenge’ has been carefully planned to ensure that it’s friendly and enjoyable with interactive features to check your progress.”

He added: “I encourage everyone from all organisations to get involved and play their part in making this Challenge a success.”

Prof. Jasper Schipperijn, President of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, said: “We are delighted with the extensive support for the 9th ISPAH Congress from our host, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre. ADPHC’s “One Billion Steps Challenge” aligns with ISPAH’s vision of a healthy, active world where opportunities for physical activity and active living are available to all. This is a very exciting initiative involving all of the community in the lead-up to this important Congress and raising awareness of the importance of physical activity. I highly recommend everyone to participate in this challenge, and I am sure it will be a huge success. All the very best to all participants.”

The ISPAH Congress is the largest physical activity and health congress in the world and is widely recognised as the leading global society of researchers, experts and practitioners focused on promoting physical activity across the life course. With a shared vision of promoting an active, healthy society with opportunities for physical activity and active life for all, the 9th edition of the ISPAH Congress will bring together academics, practitioners, thought leaders and policymakers to discuss collaborative ways to promote the adoption of physical activity.

Users can take part in the challenge by downloading the STEPPI app from Apple and Android platforms.

For more information on the congress updates, please follow ADPHC’s official social channels.




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