Be sure that your participants remember when each walk is to occur, and that participants plan ahead in order to attend. Offer reminder phone calls the day before a walk, reminding participants to dress appropriately and have adequate food and water before your walk (see “Helping Participants Prepare for a Walk”). Visual prompts at your organization and at participants’ homes can be a reminder to those without a phone that they are invited to participate.
Get in touch with participants if attendance is poor, to encourage them to participate. You could also use incentives, such as “frequent flyer” cards. Participants could collect points for each walk that could be redeemed for prizes (for example, their fifth walk might earn them a T-shirt).