Can you take a million steps for Diabetes UK?

By Jamie Hill - 26 June 2020


From 1 July Diabetes UK is asking people to take up the million steps challenge by walking 10,000 steps a day for three months.

Many people have re-discovered their love of walking in the great outdoors in recent months – and now Diabetes UK is asking them to join the Diabetes UK One Million Step Challenge, to raise funds and help make a huge difference to the lives of people with diabetes across the UK.

It’s simple - take one million steps over three months and get sponsored for every stride.

You don’t have to limit yourself to walking to complete the challenge, you could choose to jog, or even dance the steps away. But however you choose to move, from 1 July take at least 10,000 steps a day for three months and you’ll reach your million step goal.

Additionally, this year sees the introduction of two new distances: 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 the longer 1.7 million step challenge, for those who really want to test themselves this summer.

Why not make it a family affair or challenge your friends to beat your daily distance? As well as raising money to help end the harm caused by diabetes, regular walking has many personal benefits including increased fitness, reduced stress and better heart health.

The Diabetes UK One Million Step challenge is free to register and there is no minimum sponsorship target. The event runs from 1 July – 30 September. Find out more and sign up at

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