Launching the 'Walk 500 Miles' step-counting challenge (l-r) Karen Pateranna, NHSWI Health Improvement Practitioner; Tony Wade, CnES Lews Sports Centre Manager; and Norma MacLeod, NHSWI Healthy Working Lives Coordinator

Imagine being able to say YOU walked 500 miles this summer! Well, here is an opportunity to do just that.

NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Sport and Health Division invite islanders to register for the 'Walk 500 Miles' step count challenge for individuals or teams of three from the Butt to Barra, aged 18 years and over.

Individuals or teams of three can choose a step challenge that suits them – the 'Bronze 500' is for those who wish to aim to complete 7,500 steps per day; the 'Silver 500' for those aiming for 10,000 steps a day, and the 'Gold 500' for those who complete 12,500 steps per day.

Walking is a simple way to increase physical activity levels. It's an all round great activity for all ages and fitness levels, and can improve health, help weight loss and make you feel good. And it's free!

If 'Walk 500 Miles' participants already do other activities, however, these can be converted into 'steps' and put towards the daily step total.

This could include a variety of activities at local sports centres, such as swimming, going to the gym, taking a fitness class, or housework, gardening, attending a dance class – whatever it is, it can be made to count.

Registration to the 'Walk 500 Miles' step count challenge is now open and runs until Thursday, May 4th, with the challenge starting on Friday, May 5th.

The first 50 people to register will received a free 'Walk 500 Miles' sports bag filled with goodies to get them on their way, including a water bottle and pedometer.

Participants can also choose to enter a photo competition of the best picture taken while out and about working on their steps.

The individual winner will win a £25 Cotswold Outdoor Voucher, and the winning team will win £20 Cotswold Outdoor Vouchers each.

For further information on 'Walk 500 Miles', or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or telephone 01851 762016 (Lewis & Harris) or 01870 602588 (Uist & Barra).