UAB is enticing employees and students to increase their daily physical activity with a nine-week Walk UAB! Challenge.

Registration and packet pickup will be June 2 at each of the eight coordinating sites across campus. The eight sites and pickup times are:

• UAB Eat Right Program — 2nd floor lobby, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Eye Foundation Hospital — Room 386, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

• UAB Hospital — West Pavilion Atrium 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

• UAB Highlands — 3rd floor conference room, 8-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

• The Kirklin Clinic — Employee Health Office, 9 a.m.-noon

• The Campus Recreation Center — 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

• Transportation Service Remote 1 Bus Stop — 6-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

• UAB University — West Pavilion Atrium 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

The registration packets include a pedometer, which participants will use to log the number of steps they take each day into the Web site. Participants should log their steps each day and increase their steps toward a minimal physically active goal of 10,000 steps a day or more to gain even greater health benefits.

Prizes will be awarded to participants. To be eligible, walkers must record the number of steps into the AHA database by 9 a.m. on Wednesday of each week beginning June 11.

Identical weekly prizes will be awarded for each of the eight sites, and every three weeks there will be an additional combined drawing from all of the combined sites for an iPod Shuffle.

Five $100 gas cards and one $500 airfare voucher are the grand prizes to be awarded Aug. 8 in a drawing during an “I DID IT” celebration at Bartow Arena. The grand prize winners will be drawn from the list of participants from all eight sites who have reported their steps each Wednesday by the 9 a.m. deadline.

Sponsors for the event include, VIVA Health, the American Heart Association, CommuteSmart, Alabama Partners for Clean Air and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

Contact M.J. Tucker at 975-5134, or e-mail for more information.