Global Walking Challenge

NYU New York Wins Eighth Annual Global Walking Challenge

Held in October and November 2018, the Eighth Annual Global Walking Challenge inspired connection for NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and the NYU Global Study Away Sites – moving and motivating faculty and employees across our global network to make enhancements in their daily lives toward a healthier lifestyle.

The results are in! With support and tracking from the MoveSpring platform, nearly 1,000 participants completed the challenge and collectively walked more than 270 million steps (107,000 miles or more than 170,000 kilometers) – equivalent to circling the globe four times. The winning team is calculated by the total number of team steps divided by the number of team participants to achieve the average number of steps:

  • Hailing from NYU New York, congratulations to team "20k A Day" – by a narrow margin of 468 steps, the team led NYU New York to first place for 2018. For the first time since the inaugural challenge seven years ago, the "torch trophy" returns to New York City.

Congratulations to participants of the top three teams who logged impressive average daily steps. They will each receive an NYU LiveSmart “Star Stepper” t-shirt:

  1. 20k A Day (NYU New York)
    8,230,466 total steps and a daily average of 18,290 steps
  2. Happy Feet (NYU Abu Dhabi)
    5,881,170 total steps and a daily average of 17,822 steps
  3. NYUSH Human Resources (NYU Shanghai)
    6,778,174 total steps and a daily average of 17,380 steps

Additionally, all participants were automatically enrolled in the Target Challenge, allowing steppers to compete against themselves by aiming to take at least 300,000 steps throughout the four weeks. 35% of participants achieved at least 300,000 steps, and several were randomly selected to receive a t-shirt. Congratulations to all steppers!

2018 Important Dates
  • September 20-28, 2018: Team Captain Registration
  • October 3-12, 2018: Participant Registration
  • October 16, 2018: Challenge Begins
  • November 14, 2018: Challenge Concludes
2018 Challenge Information

NYU LiveSmart has partnered with MoveSpring by Stridekick to enhance the Global Walking Challenge. Via desktop or app, MoveSpring integrates with Apple Watch, Fitbit, Jawbone, Google Fit (Android), Garmin, Misfit, Pebble, Xiaomi, Withings, and other technologies. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Connect your smartphone to track your steps (Apple Health or Google Fit). Manual entry is also an option when selected at registration.

New this year, faculty and employees will have the opportunity to create a smaller team that has a global affiliation. Team captains can identify themselves starting September 20 through September 28, 2018. Each team must have at least five members or will otherwise be added to a larger team of individuals. Starting October 3 through October 12, 2018, participants can register for the challenge and join a team. If you do not have a team captain or planned team, you will be added to a team of individuals.

As in previous years, each team will continue to compete to achieve the highest daily step average. Each participant will also be automatically enrolled in a Target Challenge that occurs concurrently; the target is at least 300,000 total steps throughout the 30-day challenge. The challenge begins Tuesday, October 16 through Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Additional features include:

  • Education: Look for content posted within MoveSpring throughout the challenge. View motivational tips and articles on various health topics.
  • Team Chat: Your team will have its designated chat room to provide support, social chatter, or friendly conversation to engage as a group. Note: Please follow the University's social media guidelines when chatting.
  • Team Leaderboard: The team with the highest daily step average moves to the top of the leaderboard. Work together with you team to earn the top spot. Select your team to view a leaderboard of fellow teammates.
  • Streak: Try to meet a personal step, minute, or distance goal as many days in a row as possible. Each day of completion keeps your streak going.
  • Target: Concurrent with the overall challenge, you are encouraged to complete the target goal of 300,000 steps over the 30-day challenge. MoveSpring automatically calculates an ideal daily individual target to help you stay on track.
  • Notifications: When content is posted by the challenge administrator or someone posts within your team chat, a push notification will appear. You may adjust your push notification settings.

Need Assistance?

Visit the help page or contact MoveSpring (Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET) for support with setup or other issues:

  • App: Select the person (profile) icon in the bottom right corner, then “Need help? Contact Support”.
  • Web: Select the blue chat icon in the bottom right corner.
2018 Frequently Asked Questions