KU Healthy Campus Project -Physical-

Walking Challenge – Walk to the moon !!



Are you walking enough for healthy living?

Many people are unaware of the benefits of walking and most are not sure about the number of steps required to experience the full benefits of this simple form of physical activity.


From 2017, Kyoto University Health Services is undertaking the “Healthy Campus” initiatives with the aim of promoting the physical and mental well-being of our university community.

We are excited to announce the launching of a university-wide “Walking Challenge-Walk to the Moon” this October as the first major event of our initiative. The event will be a 4-week challenge (October 1-28, 2017) and together we aim to walk the distance from the earth to the moon. Participants who are able to log over 8000steps on an average will be awarded the title of “KU Walkers” and proses will be awarded by a lottery.


Also, if the average number of steps per person over the period exceeds 8,000 steps, the title “KU Walkers” will be given and gift prizes will be given by lottery.



Japan Airlines Miles: 15,000JAL miles each will be awarded to 5 KU Wakers

(Equivalent to a round-trip economy flight between Osaka and Okinawa)

Prizes from Omron healthcare will include blood pressure monitors, body composition measurement scales, etc

Kyoto University COOP will award Lunch vouchers and 1000yen gift cards

Prizes from Sunstar will include travel convenience sets and Sunstar green in Salana, G・U・M PLAY



【Sample of the prize for participation】


◆Why Walking?

Walking is the simplest form of physical activity that you could easily add to your daily life, whether you walk to commute or walk for leisure (shopping)!!!. Health Japan 21, Japan’s comprehensive health promotion based on the Health Promotion Law, recommends at least 9200 steps for males and 8300 steps for females daily. Scientific studies have also shown that walking 10,000 steps per day can significantly improve your health. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking can help you build stamina, burn excess calories, and give you a healthier heart.


◆Benefits of Walking

Walking has numerous health benefits with solid research backing the positive health effects. Some of the positive health effects of walking include:

Prevent diseases: Research has shown that walking positively affects blood pressure, body composition, and heart health (1).

Reduce mental stress: Walking, particularly in natural spaces, has been shown to reduce stress and promote mental well-being (2).

Strengthen your heart: Walking promotes better functioning of the heart and makes it stronger3.

More importantly, you can have fun and make new friends while you are improving your health and well-being.


  1. Br J Sports Med. 2015; 49(11): 710–715.
  2. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013;10(11):5603-28.
  3. Circulation. 2014;129(21):2100-10.


Currently, “Walking Challenge – Walk to the moon !!” is inviting participants from across all Kyoto university campuses. In this challenge, staff and students can participate in two different categories as Individual participants or Team participants (2 to 5 people). For team participation, Kyoto University staff and students may invite family and friends to join the team. All participants will be required to measure and record the number of steps weekly for 4 weeks.