It's amazing what a little competition can do for one's health.

Vickie Thomas, WWJ Newsradio 950 city reporter and president of the Detroit Chapter-National Association of Black Journalists, said the Chrysler 30 Day Step into Fitness and Wellness program is “very, very, very competitive, but in a fun way. Someone is always trying to catch someone else or maintain their position. I love it!”

The Chrysler 30 Day Step into Fitness and Wellness program is a pilot program between Chrysler Group and the Detroit Chapter-NABJ to raise scholarship money for the chapter and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

From Dec. 1-31, if the 51 members who have raised their hand to participate can meet their goal of taking 5 million steps, Chrysler will contribute $5,000 to the chapter's scholarship fund. As part of the program, chapter members were given pedometers and kicked off the program Dec. 1 with a walk along the city's River Walk.

“I was extremely surprised when I discovered what a sedentary lifestyle I've been leading,” Thomas said. “Now with the use of the pedometer, I have a better idea of how active or inactive I am each day.”

As of Dec. 21, members had already logged 4,333,789 million steps, including Thomas' more than 117,000 steps.

Each member has his/her own login through a program partner, WalkingSpree.com, to track his/her steps, compare to how others are doing and -- for a bit of fun -- see how far they have trekked from the WWJ studios to several Chrysler plants. The route (above right) starts at the WWJ 950 News Radio office in Southfield, Mich., goes to our Trenton Engine Plant, then to the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, to the Chrysler Stamping Plant in Warren, to our HQ in Auburn Hills, then ends at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

If you were to walk that route, it'd take about 175,000 steps. As of Dec. 17, one person had completed that virtual route.