Healthy Strides - 12 Steps for a Healthier 2019
Step 11: Cheers for Volunteers

There are many people in need this time of the year – why not volunteer? Not only will you make a difference in your community, but you’ll also develop new skills and make new connections.

Daily Mile Challenge

CHALLENGE YOURSELF in 2019 by completing a mile a day! You can walk, bike, run, hike, swim… you name it, as long as you’re purposeful and you’re participating in an activity outside of your normal day-to-day routine. This has to be an extra effort for your health in order to count. For instance, distance from the car to the store would not count, nor would steps completed throughout your day. The Daily Mile only counts if you’re being active with purpose.

GET REWARDS. Complete The Daily Mile Challenge, earn rewards!

100-199 miles reported = 2 RECenter daily admission guest passes
200-299 miles reported = Healthy Strides water bottle
300+ miles reported = Healthy Strides t-shirt
(Rewards will be given in January 2020, after December reporting is logged.)


A) I completed less than 31 miles (please tell us how many).
B) I made it a 31-mile month!
C) I haven't gotten started yet

Click the links above to send your submission by email.

Making Healthy Strides in November

  • If you have a passion for health and wellness, consider becoming a Healthy Strides Ambassador! You can help lead the charge for a healthier community – more info at our website.
  • Try volunteering for 15 hours this month. If you can’t commit to 15 hours, any of your time is valuable.
  • Are you completing your Daily Mile? Did you know… Getting outside during daylight hours in colder weather increases levels of serotonin and burns more calories.  

We Love Park Volunteers

Volunteering is about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community. Volunteering means working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community. At the Park Authority, we are always looking for people to help in our Parks. With over 400 parks in the Fairfax system, there’s plenty to do!

The Park Authority staff is happy to welcome individuals, groups and organizations looking for volunteering opportunities in the parks. We will find a project suitable for your group size and desired goals. Another fun way to volunteer in the parks is through a PVT – Parks Volunteer Team. These teams are setup in parks around the county and in place to support park operations, maintenance and programs.

It’s so easy to volunteer – check out all of the FCPA opportunities online at Parks Volunteer. All volunteers get training necessary to keep you safe and able to perform your tasks effectively. Parks volunteers are special – they help maintain an invaluable resource for our community. “Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.” – Marty Rubin

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December 2 - Wellness Book Club - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at George Mason Regional Library


Healthy Strides 5k/10k Run
2019 Healthy Strides 5K/10K Run


Please check our EVENTS page for details on all of our workshops and events. Events are being added all the time!