If you have any questions or concerns, please email Walk@library.illinois.edu. Folks from the Wellness Committee will be monitoring this email and answer your questions.
REMEMBER...Do This for You! Do this to feel good and to be a better and healthier parent, spouse, friend, and co-worker...they all need you around and at your best. This Challenge is about encouragement and wellness!
Good Luck and Get Walking!
Libraries We Walk to
This year, our goal is to walk to 4 Mortenson Center partner libraries.
Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia (7,468,032 steps - 3536 miles)
Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango is one of the largest and most prestigious public libraries in Latin America. It is administered by the Bank of the Republic. The library has a long-term partnership with the Mortenson Center, and many of the librarians have participated in Mortenson Center programs.
University of Jos Library, Jos, Nigeria (19,483,200 steps - 9225 miles)
The University of Jos is one of the top federal universities in Nigeria. With funding from the Carnegie Foundation, the Mortenson Center spent six years helping the university library implement a library management system. The project was successful in spite of numerous delays due to civil unrest, lack of dedicated power, and unstable Internet access.
Margarita Rudomino All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia (26,947,008 steps - 12759 miles)
This library was founded in 1921 and is a major international, cultural, and research center, but functions as a public library. Over the years the Mortenson Center has partnered with the Library to deliver numerous professional development programs to Russian Librarians, including a project that brought small town local government officials with the local public librarians together to participate in a program.
Jhuwani Village READ Nepal Library, Chitwan District, Nepal (33,312,576 steps - 15773 miles)
Located in rural Nepal, the Jhuwani READ Center serves 35,000 villagers with a library section, women's empowerment programs, early childhood education, audio/visual room, and computer room. READ Centers run a small business in order to sustain their activities. The Jhuwani READ Center runs an ambulance service as their sustaining enterprise. The Mortenson Center has worked with the READ Nepal staff to strengthen the library and its services. Mortenson Center staff will return in July 2016 to continue the training.
The University of Illinois Wellness Center has created this helpful guide for starting and maintaining a personal walking program. You can find information about the best attire to wear while walking as well as tips for walking safely and staying motivated. Be sure to take a look at the FAQ links in the left-hand menu that talk specifically about pedometers and the 10,000 Steps challenge.