CQUniversity’s 10,000 Steps online community is soon to reach its 200,000 member milestone. The 10,000 Steps project aims to increase the day-to-day activity of Australians by encouraging members to use a set-counting pedometer to accumulate "incidental" physical activity as part of everyday living. 10,000 Steps is funded by Queensland Health and has been since 2001. Individuals have been signing up to the free physical activity website, www.10000steps.org.au, since 2004.

10,000 Steps will be giving new and current members the chance to win two fantastic prize packs to celebrate reaching 200,000 members. The prize packs will go to the 200,000th member to sign up to 10,000 Steps and one eligible random current 10,000 Steps member who will be randomly selected. Details on eligibility are provided on the website www.10000steps.org.au .

Lead researcher Dr Mitch Duncan says, “Being able to track your physical activity on the website is an innovative tool for our members to monitor their progress. This is important because tracking activity patterns is an effective monitoring tool to keep people active”. Dr Duncan also said that, “reaching the 200,000 members is evidence of not only the popularity of 10,000 Steps with the public but also the project’s ability to continue to grow over time which originally started as a Rockhampton based project that now attracts members from all over Australia and internationally.”

Generously donated by ASICS Shoes and HaB Oceania, the prize packs are worth over $470 each. Each prize pack will include a shoe voucher for any of ASICS walking shoes range valued at $240 and a HaB Oceania pack consisting of a backpack, heart rate monitor, 10,000 Steps merchandise and compression socks valued at $232.

Winners will be notified via email within two weeks after 200,000 members have been reached. For more information about the 10,000 Steps program or the 200,000th member competition visit: www.10000steps.org.au