Sources of Strength launches 10,000 step challenge


Sam Falb, News Editor

The month of May is mental health awareness month, and in celebration of this event, the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting an online “walk” and fundraiser to raise awareness about mental wellness and collect funds for their organization. NAMI is challenging participants to take 10,000 steps per day, enter their progress online, and spread the word throughout social media.

“Why 10,000 steps? Taking more than 10,000 steps a day is associated with better mental and physical health. Studies show that people who walk at least 10,000 steps a day have lower anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue,” NAMI claims on their website.

At WJ, the Sources of Strength club is leading the charge in bringing in participants and raising funds at a local level. Half of all the money the club raises will go back to the club to pay for trainings, supplies, and campaigns.

“I’d like to put more money towards campaign materials, get some official Sources of Strength merchandise like shirts, banners and posters, and even get a guest speaker to host a seminar or discussion,” Sources of Strength social media director Erin Houton said.
Prize incentives for certain levels of fundraising have likely helped NAMI raise almost $18,000 of its $25,000 goal in just the first few days of the month. Awards such as tee shirts, sunglasses and sweaters can be received for raising anywhere from $50 to $1000 or more by the end of the month.