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Where do all these “National Month of…” designations come from? 

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, how do you come up with all these “National Month of…” designations? 

A: Online research gives you lots of answers!  For example, did you know that May is “Older Americans Month”?  That began in 1963 with President John F. Kennedy, who designated “Senior Citizens’ Month.” The name was changed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, but the idea remains the same, to celebrate those of us ages 65 and older as being “productive, active, and influential members of society.”

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What does “Wellness” mean and how do you get there?

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, you call your group “World Walk to Wellness,” but what exactly is ‘wellness”?

A: That’s a good question!  Wellness certainly is more than the absence of illness.  May is Mental Health Month, so we turned to Mental Health America (MHA, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) to get their definition:

“Wellness is defined as ‘an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a more successful existence.’

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Stanford Meta Study

Use of pedometer trackers increases step count. See excerpts from the 2007 Stanford University Meta-Study below.

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Never Too Old To Move

I have been given a not previously Accusplit Pedometer by a so far anonymous friend. Does it have any features other than counting steps? 

At 96 years of age, I feel very blessed to have an interest in keeping track of my movement. 

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