Community walking groups are an amazing way to get more exercise and build unique friendships. Check out our event calendar and look for the next Walking Moai Launch Event where you can join a Walking Moai Team.
Moai® (pronounced "Mo Eye") Walking Teams are groups of 5-8 people that meet at least once a week for 10 weeks to walk throughout the community. The small size of the groups allows the members to focus on building strong friendships—and those social connections are as vital to well-being as the exercise!
The word "moai" comes from Okinawa, Japan and means "meeting for a common purpose." In Okinawa, neighbors use moais as support systems to help those in need.
Based on this tradition, Moai Walking Teams provide social interaction and support that are just as important to a person’s overall well-being as the benefits of walking.
Where did the idea of a Walking Moai stem from?
Moai is a term from Okinawa Japan which roughly means "meeting for a common purpose." It originated as a way for a village to support other village members financially, a way to pool money locally to take care of an emergency or help someone purchase a parcel of land. Today the idea has expanded to become more of a social support network, a ritualized vehicle for companionship outside the family support system.
How do I pronounce Moai?
Who can win prizes?
Teams made up of people who live or work in the Blue Zones Project demonstration community who spend the most time together and/or walk the most steps/distance over the 10-week commitment.
Can we have people join our team after the launch event?
Yes. People can join or start a team on any day throughout the 10 weeks. The ideal sized group is five. If your group is so popular it gets larger than 9, consider dividing up into two teams. Your team may be asked to include an additional team member who is looking to join a team and meet new people. If new members join your team, inform your Community Engagement Lead.
Can kids be on a team?
Kids are welcome to walk with teams as long as they are with a parent or guardian. This program focuses on adults so the adults will be the ones who register.
Can I join more than one Moai team?
Absolutely. You may want to be part of a Moai at work, home and/or school.
What if two or more team members participate together in physical activities other than walking (e.g., biking, volleyball, gardening, etc.)?
You can track the appropriate minutes of activity and submit them to your team leader to record.