Pounding the Playground, a version of HMCI’s previous walking initiative, Step It Up, started in the fall of 2009. Five elementary schools in the county participated with 6,250 miles collectively walked in the program. Another program, shortened to four weeks, was launched in the spring 2010 with all16 elementary schools in the county participating.
This program has become one of the most publically-recognized efforts of the HMCI. With two programs each year, spring and fall, elementary school students are walking in excess of 150,000 miles each year. All sixteen elementary schools in the county participate in the program.