UNC Walk for Health Event Objective: encourage youth participation in recreational activities, promote a life-long interest in maintaining physical fitness and publicly demonstrate that walking is the best physical fitness. Chronic disease is a modern plague. Nearly half of adults have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, one in three suffers from high blood pressure and more than two-thirds are overweight or obese. These conditions not only maim and kill; they cost the nation hundreds of billions of dollars. Co-founded by William Thorpe and Bobby Gersten in 2015, UNC Walk for Health is a global initiative to raise awareness of and provide practical solutions to chronic health conditions. Their overall purpose is to help fulfill the official mission of their alma mater, the University of North Carolina, that is, improve the quality of life for people in this society and solve the biggest problems on the planet.